How Did You Join the ISLT Program at FSU?
Thanks to my former work supervisor, I was introduced to the ISLT program at FSU and the program director, Dr. Dennen. During our first ZOOM meeting, Dr. Dennen introduced the ISLT doctorate programs at FSU, explained the differences between EdD and Ph.D. programs, and examined my struggles and learning needs in our first ZOOM meeting. After our first meeting, I knew this was the right program for me with an encouraging and understanding professor/supervisor, supportive cohort system, and excellent program design.
I take great pleasure in teaching and doing research. I pursued my Master of Philosophy (MPhil) study in language and identity at The University of Hong Kong. After graduation, I decided to continue in the field of education and work as a full-time teaching assistant. My interest in instructional design is deeply rooted in my work as a university teaching assistant.
As an instructional designer/assistant project manager, I enjoy working with instructors in revamping traditional face-to-face courses into experiential learning or blended/online learning courses and providing professional development programs in blended/online/virtual learning and teaching for instructors, pre-service and in-service teachers.
I have developed a profound interest in instructional design and professional development and am most inspired to further my career in the field of ISLT. My research interests cover professional development in online learning and teaching, online/virtual learning and teaching, and information and communication technologies in education.
At work, I am currently supporting a faculty-based project in developing and trialing a range of e-pedagogy that blends synchronistic and asynchronistic learning strategies and supports technology-enhanced feedback to students. As part of the project outcome, my team renovated and designed a learning and teaching lab to deliver lessons in a more interactive and creative form.
I am also working on several research projects, including capacity building of higher education instructors for quality enhancement of online learning, supporting inclusive online higher education in developing countries, and engaging pre-service teachers in technology-enabled case-based learning. At FSU, I am involved in a collaborative project to explore online instructors’ perceptions of learners’ participation and learner-centeredness.
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LinkedIn: Giovanna Tang
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