How Did You Join the ISLT Program at FSU?
When I was looking for PhD programs to apply to, I found Dr. Dennen’s research to be fascinating and a good fit for me. I had also known FSU as one of the best schools in our field, with all of its notable alumni. That is why I joined the ISLT program.
Hi, I’m Daeun. I am a PhD student in the ISLT program. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Education and my Master’s degree in Educational Technology in Korea. Before college, I grew up in a small rural town in Korea, where I had many good childhood memories. However, due to the limited social/cultural resources available, I also experienced difficulties in my educational opportunities. Once I entered the college and worked in different educational settings as a student teacher, a volunteer teacher, and a college mentor, I realized that I have passion for disadvantaged students. Thus, I wanted to do research for improving educational environments for disadvantaged students. During my free time, I would spend time on different social media platforms and lurking. Twitter is my go-to platform these days. I also like to listen to music. I love all kinds of music, but I especially enjoy listening to old k-pop, which brings me a nostalgic feeling.
My research interests include informal learning on social media, student engagement in online learning, and educational inequity. Technology has opened the doors for various educational opportunities, particularly for disadvantaged students. However, it also has posed a lot of challenges, including digital divide (both in device accessibility and in digital literacy). I am interested to explore ways to utilize technology for improving educational inequity while reducing possible side effects of it. For my doctoral dissertation, I will study how social media usage impacts disadvantaged students’ college access.
Students, Social Media & School (May 2020 – Current)
In this research project, we study how students use social media both in and out of the school environment and how social media affects their formal and informal learning. In 2020 and 2021, we collected data about teenagers’ social media use, informal learning, and well-being through survey, interview, and video diary. Currently, we are analyzing the collected data from different angles. I have collaborated with my colleagues on the use of video diary as a research method, teens’ new media literacy, and informal learning on social media.