PhD research

Research interests
Although I've been a teacher in a face-to-face classroom for over 25 years, for the past ten or so years I've also taught adolescents and adults in networked environments – completely online and in hybrid settings where digital discussion is part of a face to face classroom. My research in the Michigan State hybrid EPET PhD program focuses on ways to engage in productive online conversations in order to become valued members of learning communities.

Here are some of the questions that I've addressed in my research
  1. How do different types of feedback in peer review motivate student writers to revise? What type of feedback do students consider most helpful? (dissertation research)
  2. How do the quality and quantity of comments in online discussion relate to student motivation? (published in the March 2015 issue of the Journal of Educational Computing Research)
  3. What discourse moves create compelling online discussions?