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Education


  • University of Houston - Ph.D. in Learning, Design & Technology, 2016
  • University of Texas-Pan American – MA in English as a Second Language, 2010
  • Hue University, Vietnam – BA in English Language Teaching, 2006

Professional Biography


Dr. Phan’s research focuses on technology integration in curriculum design, personalized learning, student-centered learning, and human-centered design. Dr. Phan is committed to accelerating pedagogical use of technology to enhance student-centered learning; embracing ambiguity, empathy, trial and iterate after early fail, asking the right questions and proceed with belief when designing educational products that people who face problems hold the key to their answers. Before entering academia, Dr. Phan was a procurement specialist for IBM Vietnam Co., Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Areas of Expertise / Research Interests


Areas of expertise: 

  • Massive Open Online Courses
  • Personalized Learning
  • Curriculum design
  • Technology integration
  • Student-centered learning

Research Interests: 

  • Massive Open Online Courses
  • Personalized Learning
  • Human-centered design
  • Use of technology to enhance student-centered learning
  • Digital fluency development towards career readiness 

Current Projects and Professional Roles

Director of Instructional Technology Resource Center, KSOEHD


Selected Publications


Phan, T (accepted). Exercises of voice, choice and collaboration in a Personalized Learning Initiative. Journal of Education.

Phan, T. (2018). Instructional strategies that respond to global learners’ needs in massive open online courses. Online Learning, 22(2), 95-118. doi:10.24059/olj.v22i2.1160.

Phan, T., McNeil S., & Robin, B. (2016). Students’ Patterns of Engagement and Course Performance in a Massive Open Online Course. Computers & Education, 95, 36-44.

Phan, T. (accepted). The Emotional Benefits of Diversity in MOOCs: Reshaping Views of Online Education Through Exposure to Global Learners. In MOOCs and Open Education Across Emerging Economies: Challenges, Successes, and Opportunities. Routledge.

Phan, T. (2018). Impacts of Massive Open Online Courses on online learning and campus-based course design.In Milheim K. Cultivating Diverse Online Classrooms through Effective Instructional Design. IGI Global.

Phan, T., Kalum, A., Anthony Noel Beltran, A., McNeil, S. & Robin, B. (2014). Lessons Learned from Designing and Developing MOOCs by Doctoral Students. In T. Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2014 (pp. 1580-1585). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Phan, T. (2015). Flipped Classes: Mind mapping to make sure students learn. Published on the EdTekHub, ISTE. https://www.iste.org/explore/articleDetail?articleid=513&category=Toolbox&article=

Courses Taught at Fresno State


  • C&I 100 – Integration of Technology in the Classroom - undergraduate course
  • C&I 225 – Integration of Technology across the Curriculum - graduate course