JOHN BELL Professor, Educational Technology, College of Education. John Bell earned his B.S. in Computer Science from Michigan State University, and then his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. His research considered various user interfaces for human-computer interaction among users with a wide range of technology skills. Bell later completed a post doc at UC Berkeley focused on teaching programming to non-computer science majors, and the development of spatial reasoning abilities for engineering students. Bell has worked at Michigan State University since 1995. His work focused on the development of K-12 teacher abilities to use technology for teaching and learning. His recent research has focused on distance learning and collaboration through telepresence. One key aspect of this work is the study of embodied content for learning and collaboration. Embodied content includes collaborative textual environments as well as augmented/mixed reality. Other research includes idea-centered teaching and learning.
TIMOTHY J. HINDS is the Director of the Michigan State University First-Year Engineering CoRe (Cornerstone Engineering and Residential) Experience program. His administrative responsibilities include management of the 1600-student first-year combined academic and co-curricular program. His teaching includes development, delivery and management of CoRe Experience courses in engineering design, modeling/computation and spatial visualization. He has also taught courses in machine design, manufacturing processes, mechanics, computational tools and international product design as well as graduate-level courses in engineering innovation and technology management. He has conducted research in the areas of environmentally-responsible manufacturing, globally-distributed engineering teaming and early engineering education development and has over 30 years of combined academic and industrial management experience. He received his BSME and MSME degrees from Michigan Technological University.
S. Patrick Walton is the Associate Chair and C. Robert and Kathryn M. Weir Endowed Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Michigan State University. He received his bachelors in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech, and then attended MIT where he received his masters and doctoral degrees. After a post-doc at Stanford University, he joined MSU in 2004 where his research is focused on the development of novel therapeutic and diagnostic technologies based upon the unique physical and chemical properties of nucleic acids. He is also engaged in studying engineering student persistence and success through the lens of motivation. He has been recognized for his accomplishments in both teaching and research, receiving the MSU Teacher-Scholar award, the College of Engineering Withrow Teaching Excellence Award and being named an MSU Lilly Teaching Fellow and MSU's Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor of the Year.
Cui Cheng is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on (a) new literacies of online reading comprehension, particularly in complex and ill-structured learning domains, (b) teaching and learning in synchronous hybrid learning environments, where physically present and remote participants interact in real time through such technologies as video conferencing tools and robots, and (c) the use of augmented reality in STEM education.
Daniel Freer is Graduate Students studying Educational Psychology and Educational Technology. His focus is on how students learn, specifically the STEM fields.
William Cain is Assistant Director of CEPSE/COE Design Studio and a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at Michigan State University. William’s research focuses on how people teach, learn and collaborate in technology-rich environments.
Hannah Klautke is a User Experience Research Associate with Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting (Michigan State University Outreach and Engagement). She is involved in usability evaluations, focus groups, and information architecture projects for MSU and external clients. Her research areas include effects of cooperative online learning, interventions based on cognitive flexibility theory for reading to learn on the web, and student motivation and achievement in flipped classrooms. Hannah holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Bonn, a M.A. in Communication from the University of Missouri, and a Ph.D. in both Communication and Educational Psychology and Educational Technology from Michigan State University.
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