2017 News Stories

Instructional technology graduate student, faculty member selected for outstanding research presentation award

Ora Tanner presenting her research at the USF Graduate Student Research SymposiumOra D. Tanner, a graduate student in the Instructional Technology Program, was selected to receive the Outstanding Research Presentation Award by the American Educational Research Association. 

(Tampa, Fla. March 27, 2017) — University of South Florida (USF) College of Education doctoral student Ora D. Tanner and faculty member Dr. Yiping Lou were selected to receive the Outstanding Research Presentation Award by the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) Special Interest Group in Design and Technology.

"The AERA research award is a great honor and excellent recognition of the work that Ora has contributed to the project and is contributing to the field of instructional technology and science education," said College of Education faculty member Yiping Lou, PhD, an associate professor in the Instructional Technology program.

Tanner, a student in the Instructional Technology Program and a graduate research assistant, has been working with Dr. Lou on designing and developing innovative science inquiry games with embedded assessments for middle and high school students as part of a U.S. Department of Education K-12 Math and Science Partnership grant.

"My time in the Instructional Technology program at USF has been phenomenal," said Tanner. "I believe the research opportunities, outstanding courses taught by supportive faculty, and the dynamic mentorship of Dr. Lou have equipped me to pursue a career as an emerging researcher in my field."

Tanner and Lou's selected research paper, "Design of a Digital Science Inquiry Game-Based Assessment," will be recognized at the 2017 AERA Annual Meeting on Friday, April 28 in San Antonio, Texas.

About the USF College of Education:

The USF College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (formerly NCATE), and is fully approved by the Florida Department of Education. The USF College of Education is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 100 programs in the nation, as well as in the top 30 for online graduate education programs. The USF College of Education has more than 51,000 alumni who are making a difference in the lives of children each day.