CV~about me


ABOUT ME

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My research interests lie at the intersection of online and blended learning, pedagogy development, and learning analytics. Specifically, my research focuses on three interrelated strands: (a) the research of computer-supported, network-based collaborative learning, (b) the design of online and blended learning and development of relevant pedagogies, and (c) the application of computational methods and analytical techniques to understanding learning and instruction. The overarching purposes of my research are twofold: (a) to understand how learners learn in online and blended learning contexts, and (b) to help educators and practitioners better use this knowledge to foster learning.

During my ten years of teaching experiences in face-to-face, blended and online contexts, there are three concepts that ground my teaching philosophy: to nurture responsibility, initiative, and agency in my students, help them become self-directed, reflective, and life-long learners, and empower people in their communities (e.g., learning groups, family, friend circles, work communities) to learn and grow.

My professional journey has carried me from computer sciences lecturer to a learning technologies PhD (currently doctoral candidate, will be graduating within a few months). I constantly challenge and transform myself with a focused, innovative, and growth mindset. My expertise centers on learning and instruction research, learning analytics, research and professional development consulting, and academic writing, transformative life coaching. An ideal profession for me would be a multi-career path, including a researcher, a learning analyst, and an educational consultant in both higher education organizations and education industry area. My overarching professional goal is to combine theory and practice in adult learning, and help nurture critical and self-reflective instructors and life-long adult learners.

Recently, I have engaged in pole dancing and playing harp (cool combination?), in addition to researching, reading and writing.


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PhD Candidate. Learning TechnologiesLT Media Lab. C&I. CEHDUMN. USA

Lecturer.Computer Science and Information Technology. CSUFT. China

Enjoy Writing. Reading. Researching. Speaking. Swimming. Walking. Dancing.

Believe in Love. Courage. Stillness.

LinkedIn. Blog. Github


Education             

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Ph.D. 2013-present

Learning Technologies, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education and Human Development

Changsha University of Science and Technology, M.A. 2004-2007

Computer Software and Theory, College of Computer and Communication Engineering

Changsha University of Science and Technology, B.A. 2000-2004

Computer Science and Technology, College of Computer and Communication Engineering


Work Experiences

University of Minnesota                                                                                                 2013-present

Primary Investigator & Learning Analyst

  • utilized multi-methdological research methods to independently design, implement and investigate students’ online collaborative learning and instructors’ online course design and facilitation within 5+ research projects; published 5+ conference proceedings and presented in 10+ international and local conferences
  • conducted creative data analysis and diverse formats of result presentations, improved analytical methods and presented advancement to a variety of audiences from different backgrounds

Graduate Research Assistant

  • led participatory design workshop for in-service teachers in CRII: Cyberlearning: Connecting web annotations and progressive online discourse in science classrooms (Principal Investigator: Dr. Bodong Chen; funded by National Science Foundation).
  • led social network analysis in a learning analytics and design-based research on fostering undergraduate students’ engagement and reflection in Canvas
  • led gender analysis and visualization presentation of the (in)visibility of female scholars within educational technology journals from 2004-2015
  • conducted Youth Program Quality Assessments, and survey development, revision, implementation and data analysis and report in an urban youth technology use project, wrote research proposal and IRB files to obtain continued funding
  • consulted on using social network analysis methods in a study on promoting reflective and equitable practice through science teacher induction (Principal Investigator: Dr. Gillian Roehrig; funded by National Science Foundation)

Online Instructor & Curriculum Designer

  • designed and facilitated several undergraduate online courses, successfully trained students to use diverse and innovative technologies and tools and reflect on technology and ethics in the society
  • designed an app design and development course with an emerging polysynchronous learning framework, helped improve student-centered learning in blended learning environment
  • mentored and transformed undergraduate students become more self-driven and self-reflective transformative learners

Graduate Lab Assistant

  • managed lab sessions and collaborated with instructors for a undergraduate course: Technology for Teaching and Learning, helped improve students’ performance on using technology in teaching

Central South University of Forestry and Technology                                              2007-2013

Lecturer & Curriculum Designer

  • designed and taught 8 face-to-face courses, ranging from computer practices, programming languages, database technology, to website design

Researcher

  • conducted independent research on interdiscipnary subjects, and published 5 peer-reviewed publications in top Chinese journals

Advisor

  • managed, trained, and fostered undergraduate students’ leadership and communication ability

Wall Great Data Systems Inc.                                                                                           2005-2006

Software Development & Researcher

  • collaborated and researched with USB Key research and development team and published two peer-reviewed articles in top Chinese journals

Publications

Refereed Journal Articles  

Ouyang, F. & Scharber, C. (2017). The influences of an experienced instructor’s discussion design and facilitation on an online learning community development: A social network analysis study. The Internet and Higher Education, 35, 33-47. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.iheduc.2017.07.002

Ouyang, F. & Scharber, C. (in press). Adapting the TPACK Framework for Online Teaching within Higher Education, International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design

Scharber, C., Pazurek, A., & Ouyang, F. (in press). Illuminating the (in)visibility of female scholars: A gendered analysis of publishing rates within educational technology journals from 2004-2015. Gender and Education. doi 10.1080/09540253.2017.1290219

Ouyang, F. (2016). Applying the polysynchronous learning to foster the student-centered learning in the higher education context: A blended course design. International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design, 6(3), 52-68. doi: 10.4018/IJOPCD.2016070105

Ouyang, F. (2012). Practical process and educational significance of unsupervised examinations in higher education, Examination (Research Edition), 9(1), 10.

Ouyang, F. (2012). Weblog-based online learning in higher education. China Education Innovation Herald, 3(2), 181.

Ouyang, F. (2012). Using emerging educational technology to facilitate student learning of C Programming language, Educational Technology Research, 2(1), 223.

Ouyang, F. (2012). Researching the blended learning mode on college computer foundation courses. Educational Research, 5(1), 180.

Ouyang, F. (2009). Realization of elliptic curve cryptography on USB Key. Science and Technology Information, 21, 70-71.

Ouyang, F. (2009). Application of elliptic curve cryptography on USB Key. Science Times, 12, 96-98.

Ouyang, F., He, C., & Xu, R. (2006). Research on the security of USB Key. China Education Information, 2(1), 31-32.

Conference Proceedings

Ouyang, F. (2015). Explore the potentials of applying social learning analytics to understand and students’ learning experiences in a Ning-based online learning community. EDULEARN15 Proceedings, 6832-6838.

Ouyang, F. (2015). The design of a completely online undergraduate-level course and the application of technological pedagogical content knowledge in the online course. EDULEARN15 Proceedings, 6839-6846.

Ouyang, F. (2015). Exploring an experienced online instructor’s applications of TPACK in a graduate-level online course through the online students’ perspectives: Design of a qualitative case study. In S. Carliner, C. Fulford & N. Ostashewski (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2015 (pp. 504-512). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Scharber, C., Pazurek, A., & Ouyang, F. (2015, April). Exploring gender differences in publication rates within educational technology journals: 2004-2013. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago, IL.

Ouyang, F. (2014). Design of a mixed-methods case study to analyze students’ online social learning in a Ning-based online learning community. World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, 2014 (1), 1187-1196. [Online]. Available: http://www.editlib.org/pv/148917/

Scharber, C., Pazurek, A., & Ouyang, F. (2014). A gendered analysis of publishing rates within educational technology journals from 2004-2013. World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, 2014 (1), 1210-1215. [Online]. Available: http://www.editlib.org/pv/148920/

Papers/Presentations at Professional Meetings

Scharber, C., Pazurek, A., & Ouyang, F. (upcoming Nov, 2017). Women’s publication rates as an indicator of leadership in the field of Educational Technology. Paper will be presented at 2017 AECT International Convention in Jacksonville, FL.

Ingram, D., Crampton, A., Majors, Y., Ouyang, F., Scharber, C., & Lewis, C. (2017, June). Facets of engagement in quality youth programming. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society. San Fransciso, CA.

Chen, B., Chang, Y. H., Ouyang, F, & Zhou, W. Y. (April 2017). Fostering Online Discussions Through Social Learning Analytics. Paper accepted in AERA 2017 Annual Meeting. San Antonio, Texas.

Ouyang, F & Scharber, C. (2016, October). Examining an Instructor’s Online Interaction and Participation in a Ning Online Discussion Forum. Paper presented in 2016 AECT International Convention in Las Vegas, NV.

Scharber, C., Pazurek, A., & Ouyang, F. (2015, November). How visible are women scholars in ed tech? An analysis of journal publication rates. Paper presented in the 2015 AECT International Convention in Indianapolis, IN.

Ouyang, F. (2015, September). Reconceptualizing TPACK in the online education. Presentation presented in 3rd Annual eLearning Innovations eConference.

Ouyang, F. (2015, July). Explore the potentials of applying social learning analytics to understand and students’ learning experiences in a Ning-based online learning community. Paper presented in 7th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Barcelona, Spain.

Ouyang, F. (2015, July). The design of a completely online undergraduate-level course and the application of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge in the online course. Paper presented in 7th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Barcelona, Spain.

Ouyang, F. (2015, June). Exploring an experienced online instructor’s applications of TPACK in a graduate-level online course through online students’ perspectives: Design of a case study. Paper presented in EdMedia 2015 – World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Scharber, C., Pazurek, A., & Ouyang, F. (2015, April). Exploring gender differences in publication rates within educational technology journals: 2004-2013. Paper presented in the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Ouyang, F. (2014, October). Design of a mixed-methods case study to analyze students’ online social learning in a Ning-based online learning community. Paper presented in the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, New Orleans, LA.

Scharber, C., Pazurek, A., & Ouyang, F. (2014, October). A gendered analysis of publishing rates within educational technology journals from 2004-2013. Paper presented in the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, New Orleans, LA.


Services

Review of Manuscripts or Papers for Journals, Publishers, & Conferences

Reviewer for the International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design (IJOPCD). Manuscript titled “A pathway towards implementation of blended learning in a medium sized Canadian university

Reviewer for the 6th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) annual conference. Paper titled “The nature of learning conversations in FutureLearn MOOCs: patterns of engagement and interaction”. Paper submitted to the 6th International Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK) Conference

Reviewer for AECT annual conference (2016). Paper titled “Using Autonomy Supportive Teaching with Non-traditional Distance Learners

Presenting, moderating, and consulting

March, 2017. Finalist at 3MT final round of the CEHD Three-Minute Thesis competition. McNamara Alumni Center. University of Minnesota.

October, 2016. Panelist at 2016 AECT panel session: Debating an increase in ALT-AC (Alt-Academic) positions in the university and their impact on AECT student lives. 2016 AECT International Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

September, 2015.  Presenter at the 2015 graduate & professional student orientation panel, What I Wish I Had Known When I Started My Doctoral Program? The Graduate School. University of Minnesota.

September, 2015.  Presenter at the 2015 international PhD student orientation panel, What to Expect in the First 30 Days of Graduate School? The International Student and Scholar Services. University of Minnesota.

September, 2015.  Moderator at the 2015 graduate students welcome week panel, What is fun to do in Twin Cities? The Council of Graduate Students. University of Minnesota.

August, 2015.  Moderator at the C&I graduate students public speaking workshop, Why Public Speaking Scares You and How To Overcome Your Fear and Improve Your Public Speaking Skills? Learning Technologies Student Association. University of Minnesota.

Service to program, department, and university

March, 2016. Organizer and moderator at graduate student wellness presentation and panel, COGS mental health committee, Council of Graduate Students, University of Minnesota.

September, 2015 – June, 2016. Vice president of Curriculum and Instruction Graduate  Student Association. University of Minnesota.

September, 2015- May, 2016. Vice president of academic and professional development on the Learning Technologies Student Association. University of Minnesota.

September, 2015 – January, 2016. Co-chair of COGS mental health committee. University of Minnesota.

September, 2015 – November, 2015. Student representative on the Provost’s Committee on Student Mental Health. University of Minnesota.

May, 2015 – May, 2016. Executive vice president, the Council of Graduate Students. University of Minnesota.

March, 2015. Committee member in 2015 C&I Graduate Research Day on the department of Curriculum and Instruction. University of Minnesota.

December 2014 – May 2016. Student representative on the Department of Curriculum and Instruction’s Research Committee. University of Minnesota.

September 2014 – May 2016. Student representative on the Department of Curriculum and Instruction’s Graduate Studies Committee. University of Minnesota.

March, 2014. Committee member in 2014 C&I Graduate Research Day on the department of Curriculum and Instruction. University of Minnesota.

Other Volunteer Work

May, 2016 – November, 2016. Vice president of education, Toastmaster club 75, Minneapolis, MN.

May, 2016. Volunteer of data collection at Minnesota Second Chances 5K, St. Paul, MN.

April, 2016. Leader at graduate student appreciation week, Council of Graduate Students, University of Minnesota.

September, 2015. Leader at the 2015 graduate student welcome week. The Council of Graduate Students. University of Minnesota.

December 2014. Project assistant in SciGirls professional development training workshop hosted by Austin Public School, Minneapolis Community Education, and Learning Technologies Media Lab. MN.

November, 2013. Photographer in a roundtable discussion in tpt’s program, Is School Enough? LT Media Lab & Twin Cities Public Television.


Computational Techniques & App Development & Analytical Specializations

Analytics & Programming & Shiny Apps:

   (2017) Shiny app: Social network analysis (Github)            

   (2017) Shiny app: Predict next word (Github)

  (2016) Shiny app: Temporal analysis (Github)

  (2016) Shiny app: Gender analysis of six educational technology journals

Specializations:

(2017) Mastering Software Development in R, a 5-course specialization by Johns Hopkins University on Coursera, in progress.

(2017) Data Science, a 10-course specialization by Johns Hopkins University on Coursera, Coursera Certificate, Specialization Certificate earned on August 2017.

Websites:

 (2014-present) Personal blog: fanouyang.net

 (2015) C&I Graduate Student Association: https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/cigsa/

 (2015) Social Network Analysis: https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/social-network-analysis

 (2005) Official website for the Loudi government, Loudi, Hunan, China

 (2006) Hunan college of Sports, Changsha, Hunan, China


“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to your courage” – Anais Nin

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