Members

Research Staff

Kui Xie – Ted and Lois Cyphert Distinguished Professor & Lab Director | . . . .
Dr. Kui Xie is Ted and Lois Cyphert Distinguished Professor and Professor of Educational Psychology and Learning Technologies in Department of Educational Studies at The Ohio State University (OSU). He is the founding director of The Research Laboratory for Digital Learning. He earned his Ph.D. in Instructional Psychology and Technology from University of Oklahoma. Xie is the associate editor of The Internet and Higher Education and an associate editor of Educational Psychology in Frontiers in Psychology. He served as a guest editor for Journal of Research on Technology in Education. He also serves a member of the editorial board for Contemporary Educational Psychology and Journal of Educational Psychology. Nationally he served chair for American Educational Research Association(AERA) SIG Design and Technology and SIG Instructional Technology, and section chair for AERA Division C Section 3.A. Learning Environments and Section 3.B. Technology-Supported Environments. In 2015, Xie was named the Ted and Lois Cyphert Distinguished Professor. In 2017, Xie received the EHE Distinguished Research Award from The Ohio State University. He also received a Chang Jiang Scholar Award from the Chinese Ministry of Education. His research interests include: computer-supported collaborative learning, motivation and human cognition, learning analytics and social network analysis, artificial intelligence in education, instructional design and development, problem solving and scaffolding, and technology integration in teaching and educational research.

Graduate Research Associates

Margaret Bowman – Ph.D. Candidate | .
Margaret Bowman earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Ashland University (Ashland, OH) with a teaching license in Middle Grades Education, and her Master of Education from Tiffin University (Tiffin, OH). She was a middle school Math and Language Arts teacher for 6 years, before joining the Academic Design Department at McGraw-Hill Education in Columbus, Ohio. She currently works as an in the Middle School Mathematics Department, writing and designing digital curriculum. Her research interests include the role of technology and technology integration into K-12 education, professional development needs for technology integration, and gender biases in learning technology.

Zilu Jiang – Ph.D. Candidate | .
Zilu Jiang received her Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Language from Lanzhou University, China. She worked as an online Chinese teacher and course designer in Chinese Teaching Center at the Open University of China 2012-2017 and also served as an online Chinese instructor for American high school students at Confucius Institute at Michigan State University in 2013-2016. She has designed and developed online courses for multiple levels and also involved in the online curriculum design and online flipped classroom research. She was selected as an online Chinese teacher at the STARTALK program at the University of Virginia in 2016. She also provides workshops and teacher training on distance teaching and technologies integration in classrooms. Her current academic interests include instructional design and development, technology integration in teaching and learning. technology-enhanced language learning, and learner’s motivation and engagement in the digital environment.

Cara North – Ph.D. Candidate | . .
Cara North is an award-winning Senior Learning Experience Designer at The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology’s Office of Information Technology. She has worked in learning and development for 10+ years working in corporate, higher education, and non-profit settings. She earned her B.A. in journalism from the University of Kentucky and M.A. in workforce development from The Ohio State University. Cara is a well-known international speaker in instructional design who has presented more than 75 presentations for practitioner audiences. Her research interests are learning experience design, learner engagement, instructional design professional development, and learning analytics.

Mitchell Shortt – Ph.D. Candidate | .
Mitchell Shortt received his bachelor’s degree from The College of Charleston in South Carolina. He subsequently earned an M.S.in International Management and Marketing from the University of Sheffield and an M.A.in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Saint Michael’s College. His research interests include student motivation in digital environments, teaching strategies, game-based learning, and computer-assisted language learning.

Babatunde Akinkuolie – Doctoral Student | .
Babatunde Akinkuolie earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology from the University of Belize in Belize City, Belize. He subsequently received his Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan and an M.B.A from Southern New Hampshire University, New Hampshire. His research interests include Computer-Aided Instruction, Distance Learning, Student-centered learning in digital environments and Technology Integration in Teaching and Learning.

Jingwen He – Doctoral Student | .
Jingwen He earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Management and her Master’s degree in Educational Assessment and Evaluation from Beijing Normal University, China. She has been participated in WISE (Web-based Inquiry Science Environment) project for three years. Her research interests include students’ motivation in computer-supported learning environment, science education, feedback strategy and self-regulated learning.

Lizeng Huang – Doctoral Student | . . .
Lizeng Huang received his dual Master’s degrees in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Brandeis University and Minzu University of China. Prior to Ohio State, he served as Chinese lecturer at University of Virginia (2018-2021), Chinese Flagship Program at Western Kentucky University (2016-2018), Brandeis University (2015-2016), as well as CET Beijing (2015 summer). He values the importance of integrating technology into his classes and developed online Chinese courses for multiple language levels at different institutions. His current academic interests include student’s motivation and engagement in digital learning environments, technology-enhanced language teaching and learning, and teachers’ engagement strategies.

Past Member Spotlight

Lin Lu – Postdoctoral Scholar at University of Nevada Las Vegas | . .
Lin Lu is an OSU alumna, who completed her doctoral work in 2021. She is currently working as a postdoctoral scholar at University of Nevada Las Vegas. Her academic interests include student motivation and engagement in online learning, online collaborative learning, analytics-supported virtual learning environment building, and technical supports and improvement for qualitative studies.

Nathan Hawk – Assistant Clinical Professor at Texas A&M University | .
Nathan Hawk is an OSU alumnus, who completed his doctoral work in 2021. He is currently an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture, College of Education, at Texas A&M University. His research interests include the role of technology and technology integration into K-12 education and online learning, STEM, technology professional development, the role of technology for at-risk students and the role of instructional technology in charter schools.

Mike Nelson – Associate Staff at Cleveland Clinic | .
Mike Nelson is an OSU alumnus, who completed his doctoral work in 2020. He was a research associate in the lab between 2019-2020. He is currently an associate staff member in the Cleveland Clinic Education Institute, where he will have an academic appointment as an assistant professor through the Lerner College of Medicine. His research interests include technology in teacher education, teacher beliefs, and project-based learning.

Vanessa Vongkulluksn – Assistant Professor at University of Nevada Las Vegas | .
Vanessa Vongkulluksn was a postdoctoral research and school-based research led in our lab from 2016-2020. She is currently an assistant professor at University of Nevada Las Vegas. Her research focused on motivation and engagement, technology-based environment, and information literacy.

Sheng-Lun Cheng – Assistant Professor at Sam Houston State University | .
Sheng-Lun Cheng is an OSU alumnus, who completed his doctoral work in 2019. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Library Science and Technology, College of Education, at Sam Houston State University. His research focuses on technology integration and teacher education and self-regulation in online learning.

Zhiru Sun

Zhiru Sun – Assistant Professor at University of Southern Denmark | .
Zhiru Sun is an OSU alumna, who completed her doctoral work in 2015. She is currently working as an assistant professor at University of Southern Denmark. Her research focuses on students’ self-regulation in online learning and flipped classrooms. She also applies complex and advanced statistical techniques in research.

Joni Tornwall – Associate Clinical Professor at Ohio State University | .
Joni Tornwall is an OSU alumna, who completed her doctoral work in 2019. She is currently Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing and Co-Director of the Academy for Teaching Innovation, Excellence, and Scholarship in the College of Nursing at OSU. Her research focuses on technology integration in nursing education and practice.

Min Kyu Kim

Min Kyu Kim – Assistant Professor at Georgia State University | .
Dr. Min Kyu Kim was a postdoctoral researcher in the lab from 2015 to 2016. He currently works as an assistant professor in the Learning Technology Division at Georgia State University. His research interest is to design learning technologies to create equitable and productive learning opportunities.

Sheng-Bo Chen | .
Sheng-Bo Chen is an OSU alumnus, who completed his doctoral work in 2019. He is currently an IT specialist at OSU.

Jinju Duan | .
Jinju Duan was a visiting scholar for the academic year 2018-2019. She is an associate professor in Faculty of Computer and Information Science at Southwest University.

Xiaoying Li | .
Xiaoying Li was a visiting scholar the academic year 2018-2019. She is currently a doctoral student at East China Normal University.

Xing Li |
Xing Li was a visiting scholar for the academic year 2018-2019. She is currently a doctoral student at Central China Normal University.

Gennaro Di Tosto

Gennaro Di Tosto | . .
Dr. Gennaro Di Tosto was a postdoctoral researcher in the lab from 2016 to 2018. He currently works in the Medical Center at OSU.

Young Suk Cho

Young Suk Cho | .
Young Suk Cho was a data scientist in the lab from 2015 to 2017. He is currently working as a senior engineer at Samsung Inc.

Serkan Izmirli

Serkan Izmirli | .
Dr. Serkan Izmirli was a visiting scholar for the academic year 2015-2016. He is an associate professor at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University in Turkey.

Ozden Sahin Izmirli

Ozden Sahin Izmirli | .
Dr. Ozden Sahin Izmirli was a visiting scholar for the academic year 2015-2016. She is an associate professor at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University in Turkey.

Bo Liu

Bo Liu | .
Dr. Bo Liu was a visiting scholar for the academic year 2014-2015. He is an associate professor at South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China.

Guijuan Gao

Guijuan Gao | .
Dr. Guijuan Gao was a visiting scholar for the academic year 2014-2015. She is an associate professor at Tongji University, Shanghai, China.