Dr. Tong Li

Dr. Tong Li

<b>Department: </b>School of Journalism and Strategic Communication<br><b>Research Area: </b>Teaching with Magic, Creativity, Learning Game/Simulation Design and Development

Department: School of Journalism and Strategic Communication

Research Focus: Teaching with Magic, Creativity, Learning Game/Simulation Design and Development


Potential Student Project(s):

- Using Magic Performance to Facilitate Learning in the Classroom: I explore how magic tricks and related principles can be used to facilitate creativity and design thinking of students in the classroom. If you are interested in using magic tricks for educational or training purposes, this is the right project for you. Remember that you do not need to be a magician or good at performing magic tricks for this project. I can share with you all the magic props and related techniques.

-Designing learning games/simulations to facilitate learning: If you are interested in using gaming as a learning tool or plan to design your own games and see how it impact others, this is the project for you.


Attributes/skills/background sought in undergraduate: I am open to all the students who are interested in research. That would be wonderful if students are interested in any of those areas: teaching and learning, instructional design, learning games, and magic performance.

Mentoring Plan: The student researcher will work 5 h/week on the project including a 1-on-1 interaction with me at least 1 hour/week. Students can decide the specific topic of the research. I will help students get familiar with the entire research process and provide supports on data collection, IRB application, conference proposal submission, and paper publication. I hope that students will enjoy the whole process and see the value of their research. I also will help them practice academic writing and teach them about APA style and how to use citation management tools. In the end, I hope students can present their work at conferences or publish their papers.


Contact: 765-285-9104, AJ 383