Dr. Sanghoon Park
AssOCIATE Professor and Learning Design and Technology program coordinator
Dr. Sanghoon Park currently teaches graduate courses in Current trends of Instructional Technology, Interactive Media, and Motivational Design in Learning Technology. His teaching goals are to create an optimal learning environment and provide students with excellent teaching and advising. His teaching is closely intertwined with his research and service, both of which focus on strengthening students’ potential for academic growth and positive learning experiences.
Dr. Park’s research agenda involves utilizing effective instructional design approaches and emerging technologies to provide optimal learning experiences in diverse learning settings. His research has focused on designing motivational interventions for online learners, investigating the effectiveness of multimedia technology in grades K-16 STEAM education, and exploring the educational implications of emerging technologies for learning experience design (i. e. pedagogical agent, augmented reality, and virtual simulation).
Dr. Park is an author of more than 20 publications on online learning, motivation, engineering education, and emerging technologies in top-tier academic journals including Computers and Education, Studies in Higher Education, Journal of Educational Technology & Society, The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, Distance Education, Computer Applications in Engineering Education, and International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction.
Dr. Park has received numerous awards, including the young researcher award and the best article awards from professional associations such as American Educational Research Association (AERA) and Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). He was also a recipient of both Excellence in Teaching Award and Mildred Hart Bailey Research Award from Northwestern State University where he served as a graduate program coordinator previously. Recently, he received the 2018 USF Nexus Initiative (UNI) Award for his project on “Culturally-contextualized virtual teaching simulation.”
Dr. Park has been an active member of the AECT, AERA, and Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). In addition to regularly presenting at these professional organizations’ annual conferences, he has been serving in various capacities, including as an editorial board and ad-hoc committee member for journals and conferences, a program committee member and program planner for professional organizations, as chair, co-chair, and treasurer for special interest groups (SIGs), and as a speaker giving invited talks or attending invited events.
Dr. Park is currently collaborating with colleagues in South Korea to design, develop, and validate culturally-contextualized virtual teaching scenarios through the collaborative building of a scenario repository. He is also serving as a coordinator for USF’s new Master of Science (M.S.) program in Learning Design and Technology.