My name is Spencer Greenhalgh, and I am a PhD candidate in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program at Michigan State University and an instructor with MSU’s Master of Arts in Educational Technology program. I focus both my teaching and my research on educational technology; in particular, I concentrate on research that explores how new, digital spaces are changing both education and educational research: These spaces afford not only new kinds of learning but also new ways of studying that learning.
For example, I have published and presented on how Twitter’s social networking features allow teachers to interact with each other through new, informal ways of professional learning; however, this research is only possible because the digital nature of these interactions allows researchers to easily collect their content and other data that can be analyzed to better understand the learning taking place. In addition to work like this on teacher learning through social media, I have examined how player-generated data can lend insights into educational games and what teachers’ digital portfolios reveal about their technological knowledge.
My focus on education, technology, and the intersection between them has led to fruitful collaborations with other academic disciplines. While at MSU, I have taken classes from the Department of Media Information to earn a graduate certificate in Serious Games and from the College of Arts and Letters to earn a graduate certificate in Digital Humanities. I have also put my past as a French teacher to use by serving as a French Language Fellow for MSU’s Residential College in the Arts and Humanities. My work in educational technology has benefited from these interdisciplinary connections, and I plan to pursue such connections throughout my career.