Doctoral Student Wins Prestigious Award for Digital Literacy Research in Elementary Schools

Doctoral Student Hsiao-Ping Hsu in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction within the College of Education has been awarded the 2018 Outstanding Student Practice of Educational Technology in an International Setting and the 2018 Nova Southeastern Award for Outstanding Practice by a Graduate Student in Instructional Design Award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) for his research on augmented and virtual reality in elementary schools.

Hsu’s research with Professor Joan E. Hughes and graduate student Wenting Zou has led to the publication of “Developing Elementary Students’ Digital Literacy Through Augmented Reality Creation: Insights From a Longitudinal Analysis of Questionnaires, Interviews, and Projects” in the Journal of Educational Computing Research. This research focuses on digital literacy development among 32 elementary-level students who created multimodal, contextual, and interactive augmented reality artifacts in a 20-week after-school program in Northern Taiwan.

The AECT is a professional association of educators and professionals who provide leadership and advise policymakers in order to enrich teaching and learning. They are the national and international voice for improvement of instruction and the most recognized association of information concerning a wide range of instructional and educational technology.