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Yi-Shan Tsai

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2011Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Cambridge
Young British Readers' Engagement with Manga
2006Master of Philosophy (MPhil), University of Cambridge
Re-visioning the wolf in postmodern picturebooks with discussion of how words and pictures bring out humour, tension and sympathy
2001Bachelor of Arts, National Chung Hsing University


Yi-Shan Tsai is a research associate at the School of Informatics with an affiliation to the Centre for Research in Digital Education. She holds a PhD and an MPhil degree in Education from the University of Cambridge. She currently works on two large multinational research projects on learning analytics and blended learning in collaboration with 11 different institutional partners in Europe and Latin America. Prior to this, she took the lead on a large learning analytics project involving 6 European institutional partners and investigated social and cultural factors that influence institutional adoption of learning analytics. Yi-Shan is currently an executive member of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR).

Yi-Shan's research interests span from learning analytics and digital storytelling to reading cultures and multimodal texts. Prior to working in the higher education context, she worked extensively with children at ages between 9 and 15. This includes three years of teaching at a primary school and three years investigating into readers' engagement with comics books in literary, social, and cultural dimensions. In addition, she has worked as a freelance writer composing various written works, including articles to inform institutional and government policies, and a biography.

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