Congratulations to Dr. Zhiru Sun for earning Ph.D degree in Educational Technology from The Ohio State University! Zhiru’s research interests bridge across disciplines including educational technology, psychology, and statistics. Her research is grounded in the belief that technology can facilitate the realization of the constructivist learning environment in which learners are not isolated, but actively interact with a variety of resources to develop the students’ understanding through a mixture of experimentation, experience, and expert guidance. Since the use of technology in education brings new challenges to both students and instructors, Zhiru has been conducting research on the advancement of theories and technologies to understand students’ learning behaviors and provide suggestions for instructors’ course design.
In her dissertation, she investigated the role of self-regulation on students’ learning achievements in an undergraduate flipped math class through the survey method. She proposed two conceptual models based on the self-regulation theory for pre-class and in-class flipped learning and assessed the models by conducting the structural equation modeling (more…)