About Ying

I am a PhD student in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at Michigan State University, a lecturer of Chinese at the University of Vermont,  and sometimes, a robot on MSU campus.

Originally from China, I enjoy exploring spaces across cultures and languages. I got my Master’s degree in Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, where I was actively engaged in language learning in 3D virtual worlds. This research interest extends to my PhD studies. I am interested in the pedagogical affordance and constraints of technology in second language learning. More specifically, I explore learner engagement in online/hybrid language classes, pragmatics in technology-enriched foreign language learning environment, embodied and distributed language learning in 3D virtual environments.