I joined the Learning, Design, and Technology program at the University of Georgia to become a researcher, MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) developer, and educational data analyst. I plan to develop my expertise further in the fields of my interests. I also taught English for 14 years to secondary school students in Korea and organized training and education programs for teachers, students, and parents at Smart Education Center in Busan. Those experiences led me to use technology to teach English to people around the world. Therefore, my research interests lie in how to teach English online specifically with cultural content and tasks. My research interests are aligned with my initial goals of becoming a researcher, MOOC developer, and educational data analyst.
I would like to pursue the following goals during the program of study:
- Develop an online learning environment (OLE) where students from all over the world can learn English with cultural content and communicate with each other.
- Implement research in an OLE under the topic of students’ engagement in the OLE, cross-cultural communication between Korean students and American students, and students’ language proficiency improvement.
- Help instructional designers have multicultural perspective in their design interventions.
- Apply learning analytics to provide effective feedback and an adaptive learning environment.
Research and Projects
- I am participating in Dr. Chanmin Kim’s RoboSTEM research. As a RoboSTEM research team member, I have been doing video analysis, interview analysis and survey analysis. I have also managed a RoboSTEM website that is a part of RoboSTEM research. This research has given me valuable experiences for how research is done and what qualitative and quantitative research looks like.
- OLE development – I am developing OLEs to teach English: englishjump.net and smartvoca.com. The former is being designed for K-12 immigrant students in the United States, and the latter is being developed for Korean English language learners. The Englishjump site will help K-12 immigrant students learn English with cultural content and tasks. The Smartvoca site will provide interactive multimedia content for Korean students. These sites will be bases for my further research.
- Crosscultural communication project between American students and Korean students – With the beginning of the Spring semester, 2016, I have been planning and organizing crosscultural communication activities between American students in the United States and Korean students in Korea. The students from the two countries are communicating through Voicethread on the cultural topics.
Teaching & Services
- I have been working with three teachers from a middle school and a high school teacher in Korea to organize cross-cultural communication activities between American students and Korean students. Through this experience, I hope to raise American students’ cultural awareness and improve Korean students’ English proficiency at the same time.
- I am communicating with a high school English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher to teach multicultural students in the United States (March 2016~).
- I am helping some students in an elementary school improve computational thinking skills through a workshop module (March to April 2016).
- I taught English to Korean students for twelve years and worked for Smart Education Center in Busan for a year. However, I currently teach in online environments. I am running a MOOC course in Eliademy to teach digital literacy to Korean parents.
- To contribute to Korean English teachers and students in Korean, I have been developing and running Smartvoca website since 2014. The website content has been created to help Korean students learn English autonomously and to provide teachers with useful teaching resources.
- To share my experience and knowledge of integrating technology with teaching, I have been running an English blog since 2012 and a Korean blog since 2014. Based on this experience of using technology for education and sharing my experience with people around the world, I will seek to teach EDIT 2000 to help undergraduate students use technology for their education.
- Before I came to the United States, I worked for Smart Education Society in Korea as a board member to help Korean teachers integrate technology into their curriculum. In the future, I will seek to help international researchers and teachers with instructional design by contributing to AECT international division.
- Design, Development, and Research Conference Presentation, September 9-11, 2016: Creating an Interactive, Smart Classroom
- AECT 2016 (Distance learning division): Design Guidelines for an Online Learning Environment to Teach English with Cultural Content (Jeonghun Oh; Dr. Chanmin Kim)
Future Presentation Plan
I will seek to present at the following conferences
- 2017 college-wide Graduate Student and Faculty Research Conference: “Crosscultural Communication Activities through Voicethread”
- 2017 AERA: “Use of Meaningful Cultural Content to Improve Emotional Engagement in Learning English Online”
- 2018 AECT: “Culturally Responsive Instructional Technology”