Two new members have joined our lab this Fall—Jessica Bates and Mike Frazier—who are first year PhD students in the Learning Technologies program.
Jessica has been an educator and online course developer since 2008. She currently is the K-8 Curriculum Supervisor for Virtual Virginia, a program of the Virginia Department of Education. In this role, she oversees course design and development for multiple levels and content areas. She also provides training in instructional design for online course developers. Her academic interests include instructional design and development, technology integration in teaching and learning, social emotional learning in the virtual setting, and learner’s motivation and engagement in the digital environment.
Mike joins us after teaching English, Writing, and Education Technology for eleven years in K-12 and Higher Education settings in both central Ohio and South Korea. With degrees and certifications in English, English Education, Education Technology, and Teacher Leadership, he is now interested in furthering the field through research and professional development, keeping one foot in the classroom and one foot in academia.