bestowed by the Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences (ITLS) Department at Utah State.
Poole is self-propelled scholar, doing research independent of his advisor's research and grants, while at the same time contributing significantly as a member of Dr. Jody Clarke-Midura's research team. He has already authored several published papers in the areas of second language learning and educational technology. He has published a book chapter as well.
Poole said, "Working with Dr. Jody Clarke-Midura has been very rewarding. I have had the opportunity to engage in research projects at every level and the experience."
Poole originally came to the ITLS Department after pursuing a master's degree in second language teaching. He was involved as a master's student in research projects dealing with digital, collaborative reading environments. He found the ITLS Department was a good place to continue doing research and developing skills in that area.
The main piece of advice Fred Poole would offer incoming students would be to look for and take advantage of opportunities to collaborate. "The more projects you can work on and the more experiences you can collect as a graduate student, the more prepared you will be for whatever career you are pursuing," he explained.
Poole ultimately hopes to find a tenure-track position in a department focussing on computer assisted language learning. He wants to continue his research in "using digital, collaborative games to facilitate and assess second language development."
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