Department: Teacher Education School: Education Campus: Old Westbury
Member of NYIT Since: 2005
Research opportunities and diversity are two reasons why Associate Professor of Teacher Education Hui-Yin Hsu calls NYIT home. The Taiwan native has teamed with two faculty members on her latest research opportunity, "Cyber-Enabled Learning: Digital Natives in Integrated Scientific Inquiry Classrooms," the topic of a five-year, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
Hsu's research partners are Shiang-Kwei Wang, associate professor of instructional technology, and Lisa Runco, professor of life sciences. Their interdisciplinary project tests the use and effectiveness of information and communications technologies (ICTs) as teaching tools, including cloud computing tools, iPads, and social networking websites.
As the project's literacy expert, Hsu determines how to implement ICTs. During the summer, the trio conducted the grant's first teacher training workshop with 15 New York City teachers. They tested water in Long Island ponds and swamps for pollution using probewares, generated water quality data spreadsheets with iPod Touches, and later shared findings on an educational social networking site modeled after Facebook.
"We received good feedback from the teachers," Hsu says. "Maybe we'll move on to using iPads in the future, but this all depends on our analysis of workshop feedback."
In the meantime, they are planning a second workshop for winter 2012, and Hsu, Wang and Runco will present their research at the American Educational Research Association conference, April 13-17, 2012 in Vancouver, Canada. They are also writing a paper about the summer workshop findings.
Hsu, who is NYIT's reading coordinator, mentors students participating in the Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). In 2009, she worked with the first NYIT-Nanjing cohort in New York for the event.
"That was a really nice experience for English lit and cultural exchange," says Hsu, who was teaching a Children's Literature course at the time, and encouraged the Chinese and American students in her class to discuss cultural differences.
Hsu's innovation was recognized when she received the 2010 NYIT Presidential Technology Award for Use of Technology in Research and/or Creative Expression. Though she refers to this as one of her proudest moments, it's her students who've made the biggest impact.
"I really enjoy what I do, especially interacting with students," Hsu says. "It's the most rewarding part of the job."