EHHS Featured Faculty - Chia-Ling Kuo

EHHS Featured Faculty – 10 Questions with Chia-Ling Kuo

Featured Faculty spotlights EHHS professors who share their background, experiences, interests, and advice for students.

Chia-Ling Kuo, Ph.D., is a professor in, and coordinator of, the Educational Technology program. She earned her master’s degree in Computer Education and Technology, and her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Instructional Technology from Ohio University. She joined Kent State in 2005.

What subject(s) do you teach?

I teach courses in the field of educational technology.

What inspired you to follow your chosen path of study?

I had the privilege of serving as a graduate assistant for the PT3 grant (Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology) during my doctoral studies in the early 2000s. This opportunity allowed me to collaborate with school teachers and their students to leverage technology for enhanced learning. Throughout this experience, I was captivated by the joy and positive impact that technology brought to education — something I had never experienced during my childhood education. Recognizing the vast potential for teachers and students to benefit from technology, I felt a strong desire to contribute to the field of educational technology.

What's one of your favorite memories from your student days?

I attended my first education conference at Kent State University, where I had the opportunity to visit the Ameritech classroom (now the AT&T classroom). To make it to the conference, I drove four hours to Kent State University. It was an eye-opening experience listening to professors and presenters sharing their knowledge and studies, and to observe children learning in the AT&T classroom equipped with the latest technology at that time. The experience was invaluable, and little did I know that I would one day become a part of the Kent State community and a faculty member in the Educational Technology program.

What do you think every student should experience in college?

Seeking networking opportunities is essential for every college student. Attend conferences, seminars, and networking events related to your field. Building a professional network can open doors to future opportunities.

What academic or career advice would you give to students?

Read! Read not only textbooks but also various materials in your field, such as books, journals, magazines, online articles, blogs, etc. Expand your knowledge beyond what you learn in the classroom.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Teaching is learning. Through teaching, I continue to improve myself and gain knowledge in the field of educational technology. What I enjoy most about teaching is the opportunity for continued learning.

How do you contribute to student success?

I teach online classes. Effective communication and clear instruction are keys to student success in an online learning environment. I respond to students’ emails and questions promptly and message them frequently during the semester. I want to let them know that their learning and success are my priorities, and they can feel free to talk to me whenever they need to.

What would students be surprised to learn about you?

I have always been interested in using media for learning. However, there was no major or concentration in educational technology when I was studying for my master’s degree. The closest option I could find was library media, so I initially chose that as my major. Soon after the first semester, a master’s degree program in Computer Education was established at the university where I was studying, so I switched my major to Computer Education. After completing my master's degree, I pursued a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Instructional Technology. I like library media, but I am more passionate about educational technology, and I am glad I made the switch.

What is the best and most challenging thing about being a teacher?

The most rewarding aspect is witnessing students succeed and observing their progress, which is profoundly fulfilling. Although there are numerous exciting activities I would like to incorporate into a course, there is never enough time to cover them all. In addition to meeting the course objectives, I also aim to include activities that are relevant, meaningful, and not overwhelming for the students. Juggling all these considerations makes the job challenging.

How do you show your school spirit?

I love participating in campus events and wearing school colors. I am proud to be a Kent State faculty member, contributing to the positive learning experience at KSU.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 7, 2024 01:08 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 8, 2024 11:39 AM