Xiaorui Sun graduated from the Patton College of Education with his doctorate. in instructional technology. She accepted a position as a learning technologist at Brown University’s Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning in Providence, Rhode Island.
What are your next steps or plans for the future?
I recently joined the Sheridan Center on Brown University’s Digital Learning and Design team. I look forward to contributing to my field with research and best practices.
What memories emerge from your time at OHIO?
I enjoyed my time at Ohio University. Welcoming global culture, diversity (students from various countries), caring for students, support from different departments and sectors such as the Women’s Center mentorship program. Plus, the vibrant cultural events on campus, like the International Dinner, have all made my memories of OHIO fond.
Why did you choose OHIO?
Initially, I was very interested in Dr. Greg Kessler’s research and his work in different countries. I knew that was what I wanted to do, follow his research, and continue to support teacher education around the world through technology integration research and best practices.
Who were your favorite teachers and how have they impacted your life?
The faculty and staff at OU have been very helpful in my growth in various ways. It took a village to raise a doctorate. I pay tribute to everyone who has supported me and impacted me as a professional and as a person.
What was the toughest hill to climb (not counting Jeff Hill) in OHIO? And how did you overcome any challenges or obstacles on your way?
The process of writing the thesis was difficult. In addition to my committee, the support of my family, my friends and the former Graduate Writing Center has been of great help to me. I thank everyone who contributed to my success.
What are your favorite memories from OHIO?
There are lots of great memories: having coffee with my friends every week at the local bakery, meeting new colleagues, running and biking on the bike path, singing in the choir, visiting the public library, etc.
What is one thing you would tell a new OHIO student not to miss?
Try to get involved in all campus activities that interest you, especially those from different cultures/countries. It will broaden your horizons and help you develop a better understanding of humanity, who you are and who you want to be.