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Spencer Greenhalgh

Ed Psych / Ed Tech program, MSU College of Education
PhD Student
East Lansing, MI
My name is Spencer Greenhalgh, and I am a student in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology doctoral program at Michigan State University. I came to Michigan State University with a strong belief in the importance of an education grounded in the humanities. As an undergraduate, I studied French and political science and worked as a teaching assistant in both fields. After graduation, I taught French, debate, and keyboarding in a Utah private school before coming to MSU, where I study how technology can be used to help students connect the humanities with their lives. My research interests focus on using technology to create more authentic learning experiences in courses related to the humanities. I have a particular interest in the use of games and simulations to help students experience history, practice ethical reasoning, and explore moral dilemmas, but I also research the use of portfolios as authentic assessment and explore any use of technology that helps students connect what they’re learning with the world around them.