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Master Student Projects & Profiles

Masters of Education (Ed.M.)

james wilkens
Ed.M. Communications and Education
Transmogrifying Adult Education in the United States and Germany: Exploring Opportunities for the Integration of Instructional Technologies in Adult Education

Year Degree Acquired: 2013

Abstract: Information and communication technologies have revolutionized teaching practice and learning across the globe. They have been incorporated into a variety of learning environments over the years due to expectations of education leaders, standards organizations, learners and facilitators themselves. A thorough literature review revealed the benefits of ICTs in terms of learning outcomes and illustrated how stakeholders in K-12 and postsecondary learning environments have pushed for such technologies to be integrated into classrooms everywhere. Antipodean to that, recent literature on the topic of reshaping adult education markedly exclude even the slightest hint of the need or benefit associated with ICTs. This integrative project explored the limited use of ICTs in adult learning environments. By conducting a number of observations in both the United States and Germany, I witnessed a relative lack of persistence for technology to be integrated in adult learning environments by neither learners nor facilitators. The chief causes for the indifference seemed to be related to the lack of consistency in pre-service qualification(s) to become a facilitator of adult learning, misconceptions about instructional technologies, and lack of deep connections with technology in general. The project ends with a number of suggestions for moving toward a more technology-infused provision of adult education, guidelines for selecting appropriate technologies to be used for learning and an evaluation model for the implementation process.

Masters of Arts (M.A.)

ashley ewing
M.A. Communication and Education
TC Walks: Using Engaging Online Tours to Appeal to a Wider Audience of Prospective Graduate Students

Year Degree Acquired: 2013

Abstract: This paper evaluates the need for graduate schools to cater to a younger age of prospective graduate students by providing a comprehensive online tour that answer many of the questions that this population of students and their parents have. With more students pursuing graduate studies right after college, or shortly thereafter, there has been an influx of students and parents looking for graduate schools that meet their needs. By being able to provide an online tour that allows prospective students to learn more about colleges of interest, graduate schools are able to appeal to a wider range of students and their families. Using Teachers College as a backdrop, I have created an outline of what a successful online tour would look like for the college that would address the concerns of both students and parents as they look for institutions of higher learning.

eugenio a. chong
M.A. Instructional Technology and Media
Distance Education for Faculty and Staff: Keeping Them Trained and in Compliance

Year Degree Acquired: 2013

Abstract: Despite the advances in new technologies and online education, many faculty and staff trainings have not keep abreast of these changes and are insufficient in the way they are taught or facilitate learning and understanding. These trainings rely on memorization alone, which cannot promote meaningful learning. They have also failed to promote participation among faculty and staff who depend on these trainings to do their jobs. A new approach is needed that can help achieve meaningful learning and address these two problems by providing a curriculum that can adapt to our busy lives and promote participation and understanding using online lecture and forums, scenarios, community leaders, social learning, follow-up testing, monthly discussions and encouragement. By focusing on meaningful learning and understanding of the topics, this curriculum changes the status quo and puts the learner in command of their own learning and understanding of the topic, which in this curriculum uses FERPA rules and regulations as the main topic. Social learning takes a unique position as this curriculum emphasizes social learning to achieve learning and understanding from both experts and peers.

joseph charles atencio barder
M.A. Instructional Technology and Media
Developing A Framework for Implementing 1:1 Computing in International Schools

Year Degree Acquired: 2013

Abstract: In a world where children are more connected and learning can take place anywhere, anytime, schools have attempted many technological interventions to change their pedagogical paradigm. One of the more popular, and most recent, is the move to provide one computing device for every student in a model that has been dubbed 1:1 (one-to-one). Nowhere is this more evident than in international schools. There is still a paucity of research-based interventions, particularly in the international school environment, at the same time as no consistent framework for implementing these programs. The aim of this paper is to develop a framework for schools interested in pursuing the 1:1 computing model, based on three of the most well-documented initiatives to date: the Berkshire Wireless Learning Initiative, Texas Technology Immersion Pilot, and the Maine Learning Technology Initiative. From these three studies emerge five, underlying themes that provide a basis for schools to initiate and develop 1:1 programs: utility, implementation, teacher perceptions/attitudes, leadership, and results. I operationalize these themes and use them to reflect on how they fit in the international school environment based on five of the top international school, 1:1 programs currently being implemented. Ultimately, I argue that 1:1 only describes a ratio, but when leveraged in the context of my framework, can be a catalyst for schools seeking to change the educational status quo.

keith l. kaplan
M.A. Instructional Technology and Media
A Critical Analysis of the Learning in Scrum and Sprint Retrospectives

Year Degree Acquired: 2013

Abstract: This paper explores the learning and knowledge creation that occurs when individuals are actively using the agile method of Scrum. The Scrum framework acts as a learning system by using collaboration, experiential learning, and critical reflection concepts. The study specifically looks at the retrospective component of Scrum to see what factors affect the reflection process. Observations were taken and Scrum practitioners were interviewed to examine the interactions occurring while working on a Scrum project. Results showed there are learning opportunities from using Scrum as well as difficulties in running the Scrum project management framework. An analysis of these findings is provided, showing guidelines to follow in order to increase the reflective process, which contributes to lifelong learning.

kenny graves
M.A. Instructional Technology and Media
Examining the Role of Social Technologies in Technology-Focused Professional Development to Encourage Ongoing Teacher Learning: A Phenomenological Study

Year Degree Acquired: 2013

Abstract: This phenomenological study seeks to provide a vision for incorporating commonly used technology tools, like social media platforms, into innovative professional development models to reframe the notion of teacher education. The literature explores emerging models for professional development and attempts to define the term, social technologies, through an examination of the development of technologies that encourage collaboration and their affordances to the teaching and learning environment. Using the professional learning framework of the Center for Technology and School Change at Teachers College, Columbia University, this paper also investigates the recollections of facilitator and teacher experiences in a professional development workshop using social technologies within an established situated professional development model. The approach allowed participants to discuss how social technologies affected the content, structure, implementation, and teacher response of a research and evaluation center’s professional development model, and how social technologies can impact future teacher professional development and teacher education. Findings show that teachers had a positive experience with the social technology, Pinterest, in their professional development experience.

lauren weiner
M.A. Instructional Technology and Media
Video Games, Health, and Well-Being
 

Year Degree Acquired: 2013

Abstract: Many people have played video games for enjoyment. Video games can, however, be utilized for many other benefits pertaining to health and well-being. Treating and managing health problems may feel daunting, but video games can serve therapeutic purposes and lead people to happier and more fulfilling lives. Some games are particularly efficient in helping people with anxiety, depression, drug addictions, and mental disorders cope, recuperate, and reduce harm and abuse. Self-management health games also improve attitudes and beliefs about health concerns by increasing motivation, providing social support and resources for prevention, managing harmful behaviors, and breaking unhealthy habits in an engaging and empowering manner. Particular design elements of video games such as facilitation of habit formation may make it easier and more enjoyable for people to manage their health problems, and research from psychology in the field of health education can help create games that incite positive behavioral change. The emphasis of this paper is not to focus on video games as solely fun distractors for entertainment purposes, but as serious games to improve health and well-being. The purpose of this paper is to synthesize the research from psychology and health with the exploration of video games in health and of video games in general, and shape understandings of what makes effective health games. Crucial to an understanding of these games is evaluating existing video games that have specifically aimed to change health behavior. This paper is written in the hopes that research may continue to guide game designers in creating effective games for health.

mengjie zhu
M.A. Instructional Technology and Media
IPad Training Application for Automotive Salesmen

Year Degree Acquired: 2013

Abstract: In China, salesmen in 4S dealers are from all parts of the country. They have uneven sales skills and different understandings of the products and brand. Most of them are not active learners and have no access to learning resources. Every salesman wants to get training in sales knowledge and skills. Yet, most of them have no interest in traditional training programs. Moreover, to organize a large-scale training in 4S dealers around the country is not only time-consuming and laborious but also may cost a fortune. Thus, salesmen training iPad solution becomes a better approach.The training application is not simply providing e-learning knowledge, but is a customized handheld training assistant and sales coach. It will be consist of brand knowledge center, self- learning, real practice, and customer relationship management. The key is to bridge training with real selling practice and analyze learners’ training based on their selling record.

lesong jia
M.A. Instructional Technology and Media
Rethinking the Design of College Admission Information Platform

Year Degree Acquired: 2013

Abstract: Admission Social Network Service (ADMSSNS) is a social network-based college information sharing system, which provides college-counseling resources including counselor and school information for high school students. It aims at building an online learning environment for students to learn how to improve their college application. The information design and user interface structure of Application Module in current ADMSSNS site are inefficient. The paper will rethink the design of college admission information platform incorporating Computer Supported Collaborative Learning theory and Constructivist Learning theory. The revised Application Module will reconsider the information structure of college application in a social network platform. In addition, the commenting system where students can receive advises from counselors will be redesigned by providing clear instructions so that students can own a effective learning experience interacting with counselors and improving their applications.

songlak svasti
M.A. Communication and Education
A Study of Using Tablet PCs as a Medium for Teaching First Grade Classrooms in Thailand

Year Degree Acquired: 2013

Abstract: The main goal of this study is to provide recommendations for improvements in the implementation of tablet PCs in grade 1 classrooms, based on the experiences of and challenges faced by teachers during the first year of implementation of Thailand’s One Tablet PC Per Child (OTPC) initiative. The study examines 43 teacher’s satisfaction towards the application of tablet PCs (TPCs), through surveys, as a means to improve and support teachers’ usage of these in the educational context. This study provides an analysis of the use of tablet PCs in primary school classrooms in Thailand, where they were introduced by the government as part of the curriculum. The analysis was conducted by the use of teacher surveys and interviews about how teachers were using tablet PCs to teach and manage young learners at the primary school level. The findings also suggest a number of implications for Thai schools, as well as providing guidelines to support teachers using tablet PCs in the classroom. Interestingly, teacher’s satisfaction towards the Tablet PC under the One Tablet PC Per Child initiative revealed that the tablet PCs were effective instructional tools for teaching students, and suggesting continued implementation of the program in the future.

tenzin doleck
M.A. Communication and Education
Hooked by Phishing: Anti-Phishing Education with a Game

Year Degree Acquired: 2013

Abstract: Phishing, a deception technique via spoofed emails to gather sensitive information from unsuspecting users, has become a significant threat. The Internet’s medium of supporting effortless content creation and distribution has exacerbated the problem for users and institutions. Users who are able to equip themselves with basic knowledge about phishing emails can help avoid falling victim to phishing attacks. This paper presents a game aimed at helping players learn about and identify phishing emails.

wei yao
M.A. Instructional Technology and Media
Design of an iPad Application with Gamification Geatures for Learning Art

Year Degree Acquired: 2013

Abstract: This project looks into ways that integrate art education with available new media and educational technology. After looking into learning theories related to situated cognition, new media instructional design, gamification, etc., this project proposed a design of art education based on iPad. In order to create an authentic learning environment, the design tries to recreate museum experience on the electronic device.

yuewen jiang
M.A. Instructional Technology and Media
The Plan for Effective Implementation of Sesame Street Chinese into K-6 Chinese Language Instruction
 

Year Degree Acquired: 2013

Abstract: Studies have found that children learning Chinese early have advantages in linguistic development compared to adults and better chances to achieve native-like pronunciation. Also, with rich visual and aural content, videos provide learners with a dynamic image of the language they are learning and enable them to gain insights into other cultures. Sesame Workshop's developing Chinese Culture and Language series Fun Fun Elmo is an Educational Program designed to teach children the basics of Mandarin Chinese language. Currently there is no instructional support to integrate them into the classroom. So in this project, a plan of implementation is presented to integrate Sesame Street Chinese videos into K-6 school curricula or as supplemental learning materials for schools. And related instructional support materials are developed to help teachers integrate the videos into K-6 Chinese learning curriculum classrooms.To accomplish the goal, interviews with teachers from a variety of backgrounds and observation at a private school were conducted for the needs assessment.

patrick scioscia
M.A. Communication and Education
End-user Design Considerations for a Modern Campus Portal
 

Year Degree Acquired: 2013

Abstract: Higher education is likened with an array of technologies. Much of the time, the most important technology on the campus is the Learning Management System (LMS) because it is integral to the learning process, especially in terms of online courses; however, this does not mean that other services are not vital. Colleges serve as a place of learning, community, and business, and thus have technology to support each of these aspects. For ease of use, these services are best suited for a single sign-in campus portal with the LMS (i.e., learning) at the forefront. This paper will discuss what popular LMSs do right, what they do wrong, and how to combine their services with the community and business aspects of higher education institutions to create an intuitive, integrative campus-wide portal. This project will include wireframes for a proposed end-user perspective of the recommended model.

Student Profiles

tara l. conley
Ed.D. Communications and Education

Email: tlc2132@tc.columbia.edu

What is your program specialization?
Communications

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?
The University of Houston

Where did you complete your Masters degree (if applicable)?
Texas Woman's University

Where is your hometown?
Cleveland, Ohio, USA

What professor(s) has influenced you the most during your doctoral studies? Why?
Lalitha Vasudevan, Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, and Frank Moretti. These professors have had a significant impact on my academic career since I started in 2010. They've guided me throughout my work and offered incomparable advice and support along the way. Professor Vasudevan, in particular, has helped me through the ups and downs of being in a doctoral program. I would not have stayed motivated if not for these professors and their work.

What are your plans after you graduate?
To get a job! Hopefully, I'll be able to pursue a tenure-track position while continuing to do tech development work in the community.

What publication or project are you most proud of?
My project TXT CONNECT, a free mobile platform for court-involved youth in New York City. In 2012, I was awarded the Media Ideation Fellowship to develop the platform. The SMS feature is up and running. This year, we're focused on developing the app. This project has been a labor of love. It's not only a development project, but also inspiration for my dissertation work.
Website: www.txtconnect.org

Briefly describe your pilot project or dissertation research.
My pilot study focused on the participatory design process while developing TXT CONNECT with court-involved youth in NYC. My dissertation work will expand on the participatory design work I've done to explore the ways in which mobile, web, social media, and digital media platforms function as ecosystems of support for court-involved youth in NYC.

Please list your research interests.?
Media ecologies (digital, mobile, social), Civic media and technology, participatory design

What is your advice for incoming doctoral students and/or first-year doctoral students??
Make sure that you have support resources before entering the program. These support resources might include financial support, emotional/mental support, and academic mentorship. I can't stress enough how important it is to have a good support system while doing this work. The best advice I received from a former professor  before starting my doctoral research was to first reflect and understand that by entering a doctoral program, I am voluntarily taking myself out of the workforce and putting "normal" life experiences on hold. You have to be okay with certain sacrifices before diving into doctoral life.

Professional website and/or digital portfolio URLs?
taralconley.org
Twitter: @taralconley

ronah harris
Ed.D. Communications and Education

Email: rsh2115@tc.columbia.edu

What is your program specialization?
Instructional Technology in Media

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?
New School/Eugene Lang College

Where did you complete your Masters degree (if applicable)?
University of Pennsylvania

Where is your hometown?
New York City

What professor(s) has influenced you the most during your doctoral studies? Why?
Dr. Susan Lowes has been a great voice of reason. She has always provided perspective on my research, approaching professional relationships and keeping a sense of humor.

I have also been honored to received advise and support from Dr. Kinzer, Dr. Lee & Dr. Black.

What are your plans after you graduate?
I have a small consultancy company that I started in 2009, Play Pattern LLC. I hope to grow my company by adding more clients, and developing projects that are innovative and beautiful.

What publication or project are you most proud of?
I am proud of my two latest educational initiatives -- an adult workshop series on design/integrative thinking and youth programs teaching design through CS-STEAM:

Past projects I loved working on:

  • rethinked.org
  • hackerprep.com
  • pbskids.org/electriccompany
  • Briefly describe your pilot project or dissertation research.
    My study aims to explore the experiences of in-service teachers and a small team of teacher professional developers who use two creative thinking techniques -- design thinking and integrative thinking -- to transform pedagogy, curriculum and classroom practices at a K -12 school. The purpose of my multi-case study is to explore with a sample of in-service teachers  and trainers, their perceptions of how two creative thinking techniques initially developed to guide innovations in business and products may be used in educational settings. Additionally, the study will explore the distinctive role technology plays in idea generation, brainstorming and team communication during the teacher professional development process.

    Please list your research interests.
    Design thinking, integrative Thinking, disruptive technology, professional development, CS-STEAM, design, play and fun.

    What is your advice for incoming doctoral students and/or first-year doctoral students?
    Try to have fun and meet people from different disciplines. Your life as a graduate student will give you the time and a community to experience a wide range of opportunities. Take each opportunity and match it to your interests, vision and long term professional goals.

    Professional website and/or digital portfolio URLs
    www.playpattern.com

    reshan richards
    Ed.D. Communications and Education

    Email: rbr17@tc.columbia.edu

    What is your program specialization?
    Instructional Technology and Media

    Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?
    Columbia University

    Where did you complete your Masters degree (if applicable)?
    Harvard University

    Where is your hometown?
    Nutley, NJ (for now!)

    What professor(s) has influenced you the most during your doctoral studies? Why?
    I have had the fortune of learning with some terrific professors and instructors at TC. My advisor, Dr. Ellen Meier, has been incredibly influential and supportive. She has given me flexibility and autonomy to work within my areas of interest while always providing constructive (and critical!) feedback as I have worked on my various research projects. Working with Dr. Howie Budin has also been a great experience. I took one of his courses (face-to-face) during my very first semester at TC, and then a year later I took an online course with him. It was pretty neat to be able to compare those two experiences, but it was even neater that the quality of both experiences was so good — something that I attribute to Dr. Budin's approach. If anyone reading this is thinking of doing qualitative research, then I highly suggest taking a class with Dr. Lyle Yorks from the Organizational & Leadership Department. Dr. Yorks helped me tighten both my research methodological framework and the various instruments I ended up using. I'd also recommend working with Dr. Celia Genishi from Curriculum & Teaching as well, but she has now retired!

    What are your plans after you graduate?
    Eventually, I would like to teach and research at a higher ed institution, working with current and future teachers and leaders. Right now, I am happy working at a PK-12 school in New Jersey as the Director of Educational Technology and keeping myself busy with independent projects like consulting, app development, publishing, and conference presentations.

    What publication or project are you most proud of?
    I am proud that a technology tool which I created is being used around the world to support a variety of teaching, learning, and assessment environments without my needing to dictate how the tool can or should be used. You can learn more about this by searching for the Explain Everything App (or using the link that I supplied at the bottom).

    Briefly describe your pilot project or dissertation research.
    My research is based on the idea that the success or failure of any intervention that integrates an emerging educational technology is never solely dependent on the emerging educational technology itself. Instead, there are a variety of contexts that influence what happens in a teaching and learning setting which when documented in a thoughtful and deliberate way, can help contribute to a dialogue that is addressing a question of "what is this" instead of addressing "which is better." In particular, I am focusing on the relationship between teachers' beliefs and their educational technology integration practices. To examine this relationship, I used one emerging educational technology (iPad screencasting)  and one aspect of a teaching and learning environment (qualitative formative assessment).

    Please list your research interests.
    I'm interested in: design-based research, mobile technology, screencasting and other multimedia authoring, authentic assessment, formative assessment, eliminating grades and scores.

    What is your advice for incoming doctoral students and/or first-year doctoral students?
    One helpful piece of advice I received as an early doctoral student was to create an annotated bibliography from day one and document every single thing that was assigned for me to read. Doing this exercise, even when an article was extremely boring or seemingly irrelevant, built up a habit that I still continue to have, even when I am not reading something for a course. I created a Google Site (though I'd probably do it in Evernote now if I was starting again from scratch) which I organized by course. Each semester, my personal notes of readings kept growing. By the time I took the certification exam (I took it during my 5th semester) I had amassed a very helpful resource. I didn't bring any books or articles with me to the exam just a printout of my entire annotated bibliography.

    The other great advice I got that I would like to pass on is if you find a professor or instructor with whom you feel a connection, ask them about doing an independent study for a semester. Maybe you'll work on a mini-pilot or some focused reading and writing. In a course with Dr. Meier, one of the projects was to put together the framework for a fictional research study. I was eager to turn it into something real, and I asked Dr. Meier if she would be willing to work with me the next semester on doing so. She agreed, and that study turned into my official pilot study which eventually turned into my dissertation research.

    Professional website and/or digital portfolio URLs

    melanie hibbert
    Ed.D. Communications and Education

    Email: mch2145@tc.columbia.edu

    What is your program specialization?
    Instructional Technology in Media

    Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?
    University of Florida

    Where did you complete your Masters degree (if applicable)?
    University of Alaska Fairbanks

    Where is your hometown?
    Chapel Hill, NC

    What professor(s) has influenced you the most during your doctoral studies? Why?
    Lalitha Vasudevan has been my greatest influence during the course of my program.  It has been great to have her as an instructor, as well as work on a multi-year research project with her as the PI.  She is a supportive advisor and mentor who is truly the Real Deal; she works incredibly hard and has a proven research & publication track record, yet remains a warm and accessible professor.

    What are your plans after you graduate?
    I aim to continue working in a space that combines media production and research in an educational context.  I'm lucky that my current full time job allows for this (I am currently a media producer at Columbia University School of Continuing Education), and can see myself growing more fully into this role or in a similar role.  I also plan on exploring job opportunities in faculty roles, a setting that also affords the intersections of research, media production, and education.

    What publication or project are you most proud of?
    Arts, Media, and Justice: Multimodal Explorations with Youth (New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies)

    I'm probably most proud of this book ("Arts, Media, and Justice") that was recently published.  It was a collaborative effort emerging from a multi-year, ethnographic research study involving arts-based programs with court-involved youth.

    Briefly describe your pilot project or dissertation research.
    My dissertation research explores instructional videos in an online, graduate school context, through qualitative methods including student interviews and artifact analysis.  I am examining the student experience in an online, multimodal environment; and how various modes and characteristics of instructional videos are perceived as influencing learning and engagement.

    Please list your research interests.
    Online video; instructional media; multimodality and emerging research methodologies such as multimodal transcription; multimodal play; distance learning/online learning; media production in various contexts (e.g. cellphone photography).

    What is your advice for incoming doctoral students and/or first-year doctoral students?
    I think it's important to start developing your own interests, and try to become as involved as possible in various research or production projects.  While coursework is important, don't let it become your only focus.  Also, it is very helpful to form friendships with your peers (it is hard to imagine this program without the wonderful people I've met).

    Professional website and/or digital portfolio URLs
    www.melaniehibbert.com

    sophie s. lam
    Ed.D. Communications and Education

    Email: ssl102@tc.columbia.edu

    What is your program specialization?

    Communications

    Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?

    Columbia University

    Where did you complete your Masters degree (if applicable)?

    The New School

    Where is your hometown?

    Andover, MA

    What professor(s) has influenced you the most during your doctoral studies? Why?

    I really enjoyed taking Frank Moretti's and Robbie McClintock's History of Communication seminar. I always appreciated that Frank never let his students get away with answering his questions without fully explaining themselves. I recall the one time I used the word "discourse" in class. Frank said, "Explain what you mean by 'discourse': when I hear that word it sounds like you are breathing dust." It was a poignant moment in my history at TC and I can remember taking a breath and unpacking my understanding of that term. To this day, I try not to use terms unless I am fully certain that I can explain them to others and be convinced of my explanation. I think about that when I write as well. I ask myself, ‘how can I explain, clearly and succinctly, what is in my head’? and then try to communicate that to the world?

    What are your plans after you graduate? (150 words maximum)

    I hope to go into educational consulting or work in industry.

    What publication or project are you most proud of? (Feel free to briefly provide context and/or URL links)

    From 2012-2013, I facilitated a student-centered, project-based afterschool club for urban youth designed to help students explore STEM+ topics in engaging ways. We tried to build students' global competencies through project-based learning opportunities and cross-cultural online mentorships. I also discuss the benefits and tradeoffs of a cosmopolitan pedagogical approach to learning about global issues and ICTs, as demonstrated through the program's lead educator.

    Briefly describe your pilot project or dissertation research (150 words maximum)

    My pilot describes the day-to-day learning in the afterschool club and the partnership created by the global education nonprofit and middle school administration.The pilot also investigates how students in the club interacted with the technology-supported curricula.

    Please list your research interests.

    Theories of globalization and global education; global citizenship and competence; evaluation and assessment; youth culture and media; geotechnologies.

    What is your advice for incoming doctoral students and/or first-year doctoral students?

    Stay healthy. Do lots of physical activities because a lot of what we do is sedentary (reading, writing, sitting in class, etc). I try to balance that out with a lot of yoga, running, back bends, etc. Familiarize yourself with the science of ergonomics :) Be willing to sit in uncomfortability because the answers that you are seeking are not always clear. Don't be afraid to ask for help from your peers and professors, the Writing Center, alumni/ae, people at conferences, etc. Mediation is great for focus and concentration. At the end of the day, the dissertation is really a test of your ability to interpret events and ideas, and to tell a convincing story that is truthful, ethical, and humble. 

    Professional website and/or digital portfolio URLs

    N/A

    pantiphar "dao" chantes
    Ed.D. Communications and Education

    Email: pdc2114@tc.columbia.edu

    What is your program specialization?

    Instructional Technology in Media

    Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?

    Thammasat University (Bangkok, Thailand)

    Where did you complete your Masters degree (if applicable)?

    Boston University and Harvard University

    Where is your hometown?

    Bangkok, Thailand

    What professor(s) has influenced you the most during your doctoral studies? Why?

    Since the first year when I started my program here, I've been involved in a project with Dr. Charles Kinzer's team in the Games for Learning Institute (G4LI). This project aims to conduct research leading to design principles for educational games that can enhance learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This led me to think about different types of games that can be introduced to the classroom and the mechanics that make the games engaging, enjoyable, and effective for learning. Dr. Kinzer has not only advised me on game design research, but he also helped me understand the different approaches to educational technology in a global setting and additionally enhanced my knowledge in understanding the relationship between technology, literacy practices and social behaviors in school and in society.

    What are your plans after you graduate? (150 words maximum)

    I would like to work for either an educational games company or a design and innovation consultancy firm.

    What publication or project are you most proud of? (Feel free to briefly provide context and/or URL links)

    It is a nutritional awareness game that my colleagues and I created to teach children about food calories and healthy eating choices. Our game won first place at the Innovative Technology for Development competition hosted by the Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs in 2012. We were also accepted to several conferences such as Games for Health and INTED to present our game and made amazing connections with the people in the field who are also interested in games for learning and health education.

    Briefly describe your pilot project or dissertation research (150 words maximum)

    I would like to explore the opportunities in the adoption and development of game-based learning in the area of second language vocabulary acquisition. I believe that game-based learning is an approach that will benefit the education system through the use of game mechanics to facilitate effective learning while providing amusement.

    Please list your research interests.

    Digital game-based learning in second language acquisition; Computer-assisted language learning (CALL); Design-based research.

    What is your advice for incoming doctoral students and/or first-year doctoral students?

    In any graduate-level program, time management is of the utmost importance. Learn to budget your time and balance your personal life with your school life.


    edward j. hallisey
    Ed.D. Communications and Education

    Email: ejh2133@tc.columbia.edu

    What is your program specialization?

    Instructional Technology in Media

    Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?

    Crane School of Music - SUNY Potsdam

    Where did you complete your Masters degree (if applicable)?

    Western Connecticut State University, SUNY New Paltz, Teacher's College - Columbia University

    Where is your hometown?

    Poughkeepsie, New York

    What professor(s) has influenced you the most during your doctoral studies? Why?

    If I were to start from the beginning of my time at TC, Dr. Lin was the first professor I had.  She actually was very hard on my writing and forced me to think differently.  She set up the framework for me to think, write and speak as a researcher.  Dr. Meier has been one of my favorites.  I learned an incredible amount from the tech and leadership related classes.  I was able to apply something I learned in every class to what I did in my school the very next day.  This made the sacrifices I made to be at TC truly beneficial and worthwhile.  Shawna Bushell pushed and dragged me through the EdM process.  I have to also include Chuck Kinser.  Although I never took a class with him, he has always been available to me to help answer questions and set a course of action for me.  He seems to somehow know what I have been doing, always has something interesting to share, and has been the “go to” when I feel lost!! Finally, I have Marie Volpe to thank for her assistance through the dissertation process.  Her class and her on-going support, encouragement and responsiveness to every little detail has been awesome!

    What are your plans after you graduate? (150 words maximum)

    My current intentions following graduation will be to continue to work in my current position as a middle school principal.  Eventually I would like to return to what I truly loved and that is teaching.  I believe the doctorate has prepared me to teach at the college level, so I will be pursuing a position in that area.  Completing the degree opens numerous doors across the country, so I suppose things are wide open!

    What publication or project are you most proud of? (Feel free to briefly provide context and/or URL links)

    I am proud of a number of projects completed here at TC.  I worked with a team to compete an instructional design project surrounding global warming.  We worked as team preparing separate sections of the project and brought it all together digitally to teach and film the lesson with students.

    I am also proud of the work I did for my EdM.  My thesis compared the levels of student engagement and achievement in relation to students using an online spelling program compared to that of students using a tradition spelling methodology.  I learned about the details of real research and the discipline needed to complete the project.

    I am proud of my annual engagement to get to speak to the students in Dr. Meier's leadership class about integrating technology into schools where I get to speak about our 1-to-1 laptop program and my school's journey to win an Apple Distinguished School award.  Many of the things I learned at TC helped lead us in that direction.

    Briefly describe your pilot project or dissertation research (150 words maximum)

    My pilot study surrounded the effects of Facebook on teachers.  I was looking to find the educational uses as well as identify the ethical issues surrounding the use of Facebook.  I touched on the concept of "friending" as it related to student/teacher relationships.

    This has lead to my dissertation topic surrounding the influences of social media on a school community. 

    Please list your research interests.

    My interests surround the integration of technology into K-12 schools, organizational/school leadership, and the influences of technology/social media on schools.

    What is your advice for incoming doctoral students and/or first-year doctoral students?

    Meet people.  Don't be afraid to ask another student if you don't understand something, they probably don't know either.  Seek out a professor that knows who you are and go to them when you have a question.  Be sure to read all of the requirements. You are responsible for your own progress, there is no hand holding here.  Keep your head in the game and never quit!

    Professional website and/or digital portfolio URLs

    www.linkedin.com/pub/edward-j-hallisey/18/58/13b/