I am Sandrine (Hsiao-Cheng) Han 韓孝承, Ph.D. in Northern Illinois University Art Education. I have been a guest speaker in both undergraduate and graduate classes, speaking on art education, semiotics, and Second Life at NIU. In the summer of 2007, I taught a graduate level course at National Taichung University in Taiwan on Research in Contemporary Art Education: Development and Problems.
Before entering graduate school, I taught at an elementary school in Taiwan for three years, teaching students in grades three through six. I believe a teacher is a guide who leads students through challenges, helps them find their strengths, and shows them directions for future growth. Also in Taiwan, I worked as a curriculum and assessment designer and writer for Hikids Inc., an animated gaming K-12 e-learning company. In 2007, I founded the International Art Education Association (InAEA) on the web (http://www.inaea.org) and I currently lead the association’s monthly meetings in Second Life.
In my research I combine the fields of education, technology, visual culture, cognitive psychology, visual communication, and visual literacy. My dissertation focuses on the visual culture of the virtual world and my research takes place in the 3D virtual world of Second Life. I analyze how people learn from and communicate through the didactic imagery of the animated virtual world. In future research, I would like to focus on how people learn from the 3D gaming world and how educators can use the 3D gaming world as an educational tool for both academic and vocational education.
I am also a practicing artist. I use my art as a communication tool to explore ideas about feminism, culture, and representation. My interests include oil painting, Chinese painting, Chinese calligraphy, multi-media and virtual world 3D construction and sculpture.
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