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Hello everyone!

Hello HASTAC community! I’m Christine, and I’m excited to be a HASTAC scholar for the class of 2014. My background is in the study and exploration of educational media and technology.  Currently, I am working on the Indiana University Design Principles Documentation (DPD) project, which aims to capture the emergent process of designing badge systems and share findings on learning from the Digital Media and Learning (DML) Badges for Lifelong Learning competition awardees. I completed my Master’s degree in Learning, Design, and Technology at Stanford and am on my path toward pursuing further graduate study at the PhD or terminal degree level. Having presented at LDT Expo 2012, I designed a multimedia platform that leverages interactive video to teach idioms and promote language learning (special thanks to Katie McFeely and Gabriel Lomeli from my Stanford cohort for starring in the project!).

I am deeply passionate about the possibilities presented by open learning and open educational resources, and am intrigued by topics of copyright, licensing, and issues of access relative to multimedia. Last year, I published an article on video for learning and issues of intellectual property in the open access journal Access to Knowledge. I also worked on an early iteration of MOOCs in the development of Dr. Kristin Sainani’s “Writing in the Sciences” course, which launched on Coursera in Autumn 2012. For over a year, I worked in the educational technology department at the Stanford Medical Center, where I participated in the design of hybrid learning courses and a pilot of the flipped classroom model with Stanford medical students. I worked with professors to create video-based courses for medical students, integrating built-in quizzes with XML and editing videos in Camtasia Studio and Adobe Premiere Pro.

My personal interests include the design of motion graphics and its applications to learning. In specific, I am interested in the study and design of multimedia-enhanced learning and the elements that make it effective and visually exciting. In 2011, I led a session on Designing Educational Media during the (un)conference THATCamp at Google. Additionally, I gravitate to topics of graphic design, game mechanics, and data visualization, and I am captivated by the elegance of mathematical expressions and the simplicity of graphs (such as graphs created in R) that can be accomplished through intricate statistical analysis. I often muse about questions of meaning and interpretation as well as the collective process of sense-making and knowledge creation. I think it’s wonderful how the visualization of data can be leveraged to make inferences and arrive at understanding through identifying trends, patterns, and connections in networks and systems. My goals for the coming year are to broaden my perspective on digital humanities and to develop a stronger footing in the various compelling initiatives that surface. I look forward to engaging in thoughtful discussion and learning with everyone this year!


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