Curriculum Vitae

 

FEI GAO

RESEARCH INTEREST

My research focuses on designing meaningful classroom interactions through creative use of technologies. I have developed a program of research that explores the nature of face-to-face and online interaction and learning in classrooms, designs technology-rich learning environments, and assesses the effects of instruction in these environments.

 

EDUCATION

2004-2009

Ph.D., Michigan State University, College of Education
Program: Educational Psychology and Educational Technology

2001-2003

M.A., Southeast University
Program: TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

1997-2001

B.A., Nanjing University of Science & Technology
Program: English

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2010- present

Assistant Professor at Ohio University

2009-2010

Instructional Designer at Montclair State University

2009

Instructor at The University of Toledo

2004-2009

Research Assistant at Michigan State University

2004-2009

Teaching Assistant at Michigan State University

2001-2003

ESL teacher at the Affiliated Middle School of Nanjing Normal University

PUBLICATIONS

Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals

(Please view all the published articles here.)

Gao, F. , Zhang, T., & Franklin, T. (accepted). Designing asynchronous online discussion environments: Recent progress and future directions. British Journal of Educational Technology.

Gao, F. , & Zhang, T. (2012). Examining a Web 2.0-supported online activity: Lessons from a case study. International Journal of Instructional Media. 39, (2), 113-121.

Gao, F. (2011). Designing a discussion environment to encourage connected and sustained online discussion. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia. 20, (1), 43-59.

Gao, F. & Zhang, T. (2011). Examining a Web 2.0-supported online activity: Lessons from a case study. International Journal of Instructional Media. 39,(2).

Gao, F., Noh, J. M. & Koehler, M. J. (2009). Comparing role-playing activities in Second Life and face-to-face environments. Journal of Interactive Learning Research. 20, (4), 423-443. (PDF)

Gao, F. & Putnam, R. (2009). Using research on learning from text to inform online discussion.Journal of Educational Computing Research. 41, (1), 1-37. (PDF)

Gao, F., Wang, C. X., Sun, Y. (2009). A new model of online discussion and its implication for research and instruction. The Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange. 2(1), 65-78. (PDF)

Gao, F., Wong, D. (2008). Student engagement in distance learning environments: A comparison of threaded discussion forums and text-focused Wikis. First Monday, 13(1-7). Available online at http://www.uic.edu/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2018/1921

Articles in Preparation

Gao, F. & T. Johnson (in preparation). Promoting online knowledge construction of pre-service teachers with a Web annotation tool.

Gao, F. (in preparation). How discussion environments affect student participation and perceived learning: Comparing discussions supported by an asynchronous threaded forum and a Web annotation tool.

Book Chapters

Gao, F. & Sun, Y. (2010). Supporting an online community of inquiry using VoiceThread. In C. Maddux et al.(Eds.) Research Highlights in Information Technology and Teacher Education 2010 (pp. 9-18). Chesapeake, VA: Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE).

Harmon, S. W. & Wang, C. X., & Gao F. (2009). Educational technology and E-Learning. In R. Ouyang & C. X. Wang (Eds.), Educational technologies. Beijing, China: Renmin University Press.

Halladay, Billman, Park, Gao, F., Reffitt, & Hasty (2007). The Literacy Research We Have. In M. Pressley et al. (Ed), Shaping literacy achievement. New York: Gilford Press.

Refeered Conferece Proceedings

Gao, F. (2010). Enhance connectivity and sustainability in asynchronous online discussion, Proceedings of Association for Educational Communications and Technology Conference 2010.

Gao, F., Noh, J., & Koehler, M. (2008). Comparing student interactions in Second Life and face-to-face role-playing activities. In K. McFerrin et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2008 (pp. 2033-2035). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Dickson, P., Freidhoff, J., & Gao, F. (2007). Technology resources in fifth year internship classrooms: Realistic expectations for technology integration during teachers' induction year. In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2007 (pp. 1461-1464). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

PRESENTATIONS

Gao, F. (2011, April). Enhancing the quality of asynchronous online discussion through the design of discussion environments. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Gao, F. & Akyeampong, A. (2011, March). Learning Internet resources collaboratively with a Web annotation tool. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), Nashville, TN.

Gao, F. & Zhang, K. (2010, October). Collaborating with more than written words in online learning: A study on a multimedia presentation tool. Paper presented at the AECT 2010 Convention, Anaheim, CA.

Gao, F. (2010, October). Enhancing the connectivity and sustainability in asynchronous online discussions. Paper presented at the AECT 2010 Convention, Anaheim, CA.

Zhang, K., Hung, J. & Gao, F. (2010, October). Promoting problem solving in online collaborative learning: A mixed-method study in Taiwan. Paper presented at the AECT 2010 Convention, Anaheim, CA.

Gao, F. (2009, April). Fostering focused online discussions: A comparative study of online discussion environments.. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Spiro, R., DeSchryver, M., & Gao, F. (2008, December). New modes of reading comprehension on the Web: Deep learning and virtual conceptual simultaneity. Paper presented at the annual National Reading Conference, Orlando, FL.

Gao, F., Putnam, R., & Wang, H. (2008, March). Promoting productive online discussion through strategies and labels. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.

Gao, F., Noh, J. & Koehler, M. J. (2008, March). Comparing student interactions in Second Life and face-to-face role-playing activities. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE). Las Vegas, NV.

Gao, F. & Putnam, R. (2007, April). A content-focused online discussion environment: Effects on student engagement and learning. Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Dickson, P. Freidhoff, J. R., & Gao, F. (2007, March). Technology resources in fifth year internship classrooms: Realistic expectations for technology integration during teachers' induction year. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), San Antonio, TX.

Gao, F. (2007, December). Learning by advanced Web exploration. Poster section presented at the Third Annual Symposium on Literacy Achievement sponsored by Literacy Achievement Research Center (LARC) at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Freidhoff, J. R., Ratcliffe, J., Montgomery, C., & Gao, F. (2007, February). All things Google: Thinking across software modules. Keynote address presented at the 23nd Annual Educational Technology Conference of the Michigan State University College of Education, East Lansing, MI. (invited talk)

Gao, F. (2006, October). Examining Student Learning Experiences in a Wiki-Supported Online Discussion Environment. Paper accepted by E-Learn conference, Honolulu, HI.

Pu, J., Gao, F., & Zhao, Y. (2005, May) Reality in virtuality: Enhancing authenticity of role play in language learning through CMC. Paper presented at CALICO, East Lansing, MI.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

EDCT 793 Technology and Cognition (2010, Spring Quarter)

4-credit doctoral course, Ohio University

EDCT 603 Visual Literacy (2010, Winter Quarter)

4-credit master's course, Ohio University

EDCT 203 Technology Applications in Education (2010, Fall Quarter)

4-credit undergraduate course, Ohio University

RESM 5110 Quantitative Methods I (2009, Fall)

4-credit graduate course, The University of Toledo

CEP 416 Teaching and Learning with Technology (2006-2008)

3-credit undergraduate course (in both face-to-face and online formats), Michigan State University

CEP 894D Practicum in Educational Psychology (2006, Fall)

3-credit online master course (Co-Instructor), Michigan State University

CEP 813 Electronic Portfolio for Teaching and Learning (2006, Summer)

3-credit online master course (Co-Instructor), Michigan State University

ED 870 Capstone Seminar for the Master of Arts in Education (2006, Summer)

3-credit online master course (Co-Instructor), Michigan State University

CEP 800 Learning in School and Other Settings (2005, Spring)

3-credit online master course (Co-Instructor), Michigan State University

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

NSF Cyberlearning: Transforming Education Grant: $550,000: "Learning Science with interactive videos on iPads: Fostering self-regulation and independent learning in early childhood environments", PI. (in preparation)

The BCcampus Grant: $20,000: "Building a pedagogical culture for online education", CO-PI. (2009)

The Anderson-Schwille Fellowship in International Education, Michigan State University. (2009)

EPET Pre-dissertation Research Grant, Educational Psychology Educational Technology, Michigan State University. (2007)

Travel Fellowship, Michigan State University. (2007)

University Graduate Fellowships, Michigan State University. (2004)

Computer Skills

Screen/Audio Capture: Camtasia Studio, SnagIt, Jing, Adobe Presenter

Video Editing: Windows Movie Maker; MS Photo Story; iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Jaycut

Recording and Editing: Audacity; GarageBand

Web Publishing: Dreamweaver; Wix.com; GoogleSites; Weebly

Web Conferencing: Adobe Acrobat Connect; iVisit; Skype; Vyew

Course Management Systems: Blackboard; Moodle; ANGEL

Others Web 2.0 Applications: Blogs; Wikis; Podcasts; Map Mashups

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Reviewer, Turkish Online Journal for Educational Technology (2010)

Reviewer, American Educational Research Association, Division C, Section 6, Technology Research (2007)

Chairperson, CALICO Conference, May 18-21, 2006. East Lansing, MI. (2005)

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education(SITE)

Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Association for Educational Communications and Technology(AECT)

The Society of International Chinese in Educational Technology (SICET)