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About Dazhi Yang

Dr. Dazhi Yang is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Technology at Boise State University. Prior to joining Boise State, she was a postdoctoral researcher and instructional designer in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University after earning her PhD from Purdue in 2008. Dr. Yang works in the area of instructional design and instructional strategies for teaching difficult and complex science and engineering concepts at the undergraduate level. Her research interests include teaching and learning STEM in online and blended learning environments, technology-assisted learning, evaluation and assessment, and teacher professional development. Dr. Yang is also the current Principle for the Boise Modern Chinese School (BMCS) with her sabbatical beginning in Fall 2015. BMCS emphasizes teaching Modern Standard Chinese, also known as Mandarin, and simplified Chinese characters. It also offers extracurricular programs, such as dance, chess, soccer and martial arts.


Present Associate Professor, Boise State University Department of Educational Technology

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 - Present Member, College of Reviewers for Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation
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Honors and Awards

  • 2013 - Sloan-Consortium Effective Practice Award Honoring Innovation in Online Education
  • 2012 - PI of NSF Grant “A Synergistic Approach to Prevent Persistent Misconceptions with First-year Engineering Students"
  • 2009 - Young Researcher Award, the American Educational Research Association
  • 2008 - Dean's Doctoral Scholarship Award, College of Education, Purdue University

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