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Student Profile: Alexis Carr
Educational Technology and Learning Design doctoral student in the Faculty of Education
With a background in education and international development, my research interests center around the use of technology for informal learning, particulalry in remote and rural contexts, with a focus on gendered perspectives. I am passionate about research, and its potential real-life impact on communities.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
Having completed both my BA (English) and MA (International Studies- Development Stream) at SFU, I was already familiar with its excellent reputation and the quality of the learning experience, so returning for my doctoral studies was an easy decision. Additionally, the PhD in ETLD program was unique, and aligned very well with my research interests which focus on the nexus of technology, education and international development. The staff and faculty of the department, particularly my supervisor, were also very supportive during my initial PhD search process.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?
The PhD in ETLD program looks at the use of technology in education, emphasizing the importance of context. Rather than promoting the promise of any one device or approach, the program encourages us to think about the interaction between the learner, the technology and the context, including socio-cultural factors.
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?
I've really enjoyed the coursework so far, especially my interactions with my classmates, who come from such diverse backgrounds, and bring a wealth of knowledge with them.
HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.
I was awarded an entrance funding package which included a Graduate Fellowship, a Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship and Research Assistantship. I am very grateful that this funding has allowed me to pursue my doctoral studies full time.
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