We are a research family with diversity in:
- Professional backgrounds and experiences
- Current areas of interest and fields of study
- Geographic and cultural backgrounds
- Academic, professional, and personal interests
- Professional and personal goals
Here is Our Research Family:
Marisa Exter, PhD
Research interests: instructional design and computing education, professional skill development, lifelong learning skills and attitudes, and interdisciplinary learning experiences.
Background: 15+ years in computer science and software design; 7 years as an LDT faculty
Wanju Huang, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Research interests: computer-mediated communication, online learning, scenario-based learning, augmented reality and virtual reality, and faculty development.
Background: Extensive experience as a learning designer, manager, and an LDT faculty
Iryna Ashby, MA, MSEd (ABD)
Research interests: interdisciplinary education, competency-based education, and talent development
Background: linguistics and translation studies (BA and MA), psychology (BA), learning design and technology (MSEd)
Research interests: Preservice teachers' transition, Technology enhanced active learning, & the role of Indigenous languages in the teaching and learning of sciences
Carolina Cuesta, MSc
Research interests: How to foster creativity and innovation in higher ed & corporate settings, interdisciplinary learning, and lifelong learning.
Background: Microbiology (BS), Science, Technology, and Innovation Management (MSc),
Research interests: Application of positive psychology interventions (PPIs) in instructional design and attitudinal learning.
Professional/educational background: Over 10 years of experience in online learning technology.
Research interests: video game development education, work-life balance, and cooperation
PhD Candidate, Curriculum Studies
Research interests: Erin Rondeau-Madrid is a Ph.D. Candidate and Ross Fellow in Curriculum Studies at Purdue University. Her research focuses on critical pedagogies and social justice issues in education here and abroad; specifically, how students living with mental illness are included in today’s classrooms, and how multiple publics and programming inform pre-service teachers’ understandings of this community.
Professional/educational background: Agricultural Education (BS, 09) Agricultural and Extension Education (MS, 11), current Ph.D. student in LDT
Research Interests: Educational technology integration in non-formal learning settings; organizational training
Assistant Professor, Training Specialist program at Old Dominion University
Research interests: learning experience design, performance improvement (Human performance technology), authentic learning and design, online learning, attitudinal learning, Universal Design for Learning.
Research interests: Computing education for all, Programming education, Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) education.
Background: Elementary computing education (MA), Elementary school teacher in South Korea