Songhee Han

Songhee  Han

Curriculum & Instruction

Ph.D. in Learning Technologies, The University of Texas at Austin, expected 2023
M.A. in Learning Technologies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2019
B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education, Seoul National University of Education, 2008

Email: song9@utexas.edu
 

Songhee Han is a doctoral student in the Learning Technologies program. Prior to her life at UT Austin, she has worked at public elementary schools for seven years. Songhee has been a team member of a research & development project (Alien Rescue, AR) since 2018 under Dr. Min Liu's supervision. In the program, she published her first first-authored peer-reviewed journal article (journal impact factor: 2.46) about graduate students' online learning in a virtual environment focusing on their learning process evolving toward authentic learning through online communities in 2020 (Han & Resta, 2020).

Outside of the program, She has worked as an innovation fellow in the instructional design of the OnRamps program developing online courses for Texas high school students and OnRamps staff. In addition, she has worked as a conference administrator assisting "STEM in the Technopolis" conference and as a graduate research assistant assisting a book project called "STEM in the Technopolis: The Power of STEM Education in Regional Technology Policy" for IC² Institute at UT Austin. In this book project, she co-authored Chapter two, "Regional Industry Clusters: A STEM Center of Gravity for Educators, Industry, Government and Non-Profits," in this book project. Since 2019, she has worked for the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at Moody College of Communication, developing self-directed online courses and researching strategies to provide equitable massive open online courses.

With a strong belief that educational entities need to focus on all students, not just a small number of outstanding achievers with sufficient accessibility when implementing new technology in a course, she offered which aspects to consider when adopting new technologies in online courses to provide an inclusive learning experience in an article (Han & Lee, 2022) which was published in one of the most prestigious journals in the educational technology discipline (journal impact factor: 8.54). This research project also led her to an opportunity to dig deeper into student-AI agent interactions based on the chatbot log data and the students' self-reports and the manuscript for a second paper is currently under peer-review with another prestigious journal in the discipline.

Since she started her graduate study in the Learning Technologies program at the College of Education five years ago, her research focus has been on the proper implementation of new technologies to promote equitable learning experiences. Considering that learning environments vary according to learners' demographics and situational factors, her research questions always start with investigating what target learners need most in their own learning contexts. Her current target learners are adults categorized as informal students who seek online modalities to keep learning. She firmly believes providing an inclusive learning environment is extremely important considering the distinctively broad spectrum of the online course student population.