Yuanru Tan

MA in Educational Studies: New Media and New Literacies

Student status: Current student, full time

Geographic region of origin: Sichuan, China

Education prior to Ed Studies MA

Bachelor’s in Information Management Systems, Tianjin University of Technology, China

Prior to Joining the Program

Before joining the program, I worked as Technical Assistant in two online learning companies. My work focused on designing learning products and customized learning plans. At the time, I was primarily using my background in information management. Gradually, I realized the importance of the field of education in bridging between technologies and student learning. This was a turning point for me in deciding to pursue the New Media and New Literacies program.

Why the New Media and New Literacies Program?

Before joining the program, I worked as Technical Assistant in two online learning companies. My work focused on designing learning products and customized learning plans. At the time, I was primarily using my background in information management. Gradually, I realized the importance of the field of education in bridging between technologies and student learning. This was a turning point for me in deciding to pursue the New Media and New Literacies program.

Individualized Course of Study

Courses I have chosen include:

Highlights of the Michigan Experience

A highlight has been EDUC 626: Principles of Software and New Media Design for Learning. This course has given me a real sense of satisfaction and achievement as a learning technology designer. My team designed an app to help football novices improve the social experience of watching the game. The app also provides guidance about the rules, strategies, and technicalities of football to help people watch and engage with the sport at a real or fantasy level.

My team included students from the School of Information and Ross School of Business, in addition to the School of Education, and our different backgrounds set off a fantastic “chemical reaction.” In their feedback on our final presentation, our classmates thought highly of the app and said they hoped we would implement it. This was my first design experience and it was really a wonderful one. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

I joined the Conversation Circle organized by English Language Institute this semester. There are five students from different countries, including Yemen, Mexico, the U.S. and China. We meet together every Monday and it is really a good opportunity to learn about different cultures.

From talking with the other students, I learned that the culture at the University of Michigan is not “survival of the fittest.” You don’t need to compete for resources in limited environment; rather, U-M is like an inclusive and abundant forest where every unique individual can find the suitable soil to grow.

Yuanru invites prospective students to contact her with any questions about the program or how to get involved in campus life at U-M as an international student.

Tan’s program of study:

 

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