Dawn Bikowski, PhD



E-Mail: bikowski@ohio.edu
Twitter: @DawnBikowski
Phone: 740-593-0201
Department: 740-593-4530
Fax: 740-593-2967
Office: Room 367 Gordy Hall
Mailing Address:
Linguistics Department
383 Gordy Hall
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701 USA


Ph.D. in Education, Instructional Technology, Ohio University, in March 2008

M. A. in Linguistics from Ohio University, in June 2001

B. S. in Music Education, Minor in English Education, from Ball State University, Indiana, in May 1991

Professional Experience

  • Director, English Language Improvement Program, Linguistics Department, Ohio University Sept. 2005 – present
  • English Language Specialist, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs March 2012 – present
  • Instructor, Global Leadership Center, Center for International Studies, Ohio University Sept. 2002 – June 2007
  • Lecturer, Ohio Program of Intensive English, Linguistics Department, Ohio University Sept. 2001 to Sept. 2005
  • Teaching Assistant, Ohio Program of Intensive English, Linguistics Department, Ohio University Sept. 1999 – June 2001
  • Peace Corps Volunteer, El Salvador, Central America March 1997 – May 1999
  • Publications Coordinator & Editor, Park Nicollet Clinic, Minneapolis, Minnesota Sept. 1992 to Jan. 1997

Professional Development



* International TESOL


* Ohio TESOL


Bikowski, D. (2015). The pedagogy of collaboration: Teaching effectively within an evolving technology landscape. In G. Pickering & P. Gunashekar (Eds.), Innovation in English Language Teacher Education (pp. 223-231). Selected papers from the Teacher Education Conference 2014, Hyderabad, India. New Delhi, India: British Council. Available at http://www.britishcouncil.in/sites/britishcouncil.in2/files/tec14_papers_final_online.pdf

Haupt, J., & Bikowski, D. (2014). English language learners’ perceptions of the usefulness of types of form-focused written feedback. Writing & Pedagogy, 6(2), 283-305.

Bikowski, D., Hendrickx, J. (2013).  Matching up ESL learners and teachers-in-training to maximize learning, Ohio TESOL Journal, 5(3), 9-11.

Bikowski, D. (2012).  Trace Effects Teacher’s Manual.  Resource for teaching with online games.  U.S. Department of State.  Retrieved from: americanenglish.state.gov

Bikowski, D. (2012). Exploring non-native English speaking students’ use of technology to improve their paraphrasing skills and avoid plagiarism. In G. Kessler, A. Oskoz, & I. Elola (Eds.), Technology across Writing Contexts and Tasks.CALICO Monograph.

Kessler, G., Bikowski, D., & Boggs, J. (2012). Collaborative writing among second language learners in academic web-based projects. Language Learning & Technology, 16(1), 91-109. http://llt.msu.edu/issues/february2012/index.html

Kessler, G., & Bikowski, D. (2011). The influence of SLA training in curricular design among teachers in preparation. CALICO Journal, 28(2),522-545.

Bikowski, D. (2011). Review of Online Intercultural Exchange: An Introduction for Foreign Language Teachers by R. O’Dowd. Language Learning & Technology, 15(1), 24-28. http:/llt.msu.edu/issues/february2011/review2.pdf

Kessler, G., & Bikowski, D. (2010). Developing collaborative autonomous language learning abilities in computer mediated language learning: Attention to meaning among students in wiki space. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 23(1), 41-58.

Bikowski, D., & Cooper, A. (2007). Writing at the graduate level: What tasks do professors actually require? Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 6, 3, 206-221.

Bikowski, D., & Broeckelman, M. (2007). An educational framework for nurturing a culture of academic honesty. Proceedings from the ASEE Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Bikowski, D. (2007). Internet relationships: Building learning communities through friendship. Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 6, 2.

Bikowski, D. (2006). Software thumbnails: Microsoft Word. Essential Teacher, 3, 2.

Bikowski, D. (Jul/Aug 2004). Review of “Reading and Writing for Academic Success” by Jordan and Plakans. ESL Magazine.

Jarvis, S., Grant, L., Bikowski, D., & Ferris, D. (2003). Exploring multiple profiles of highly rated learner compositions. Journal of Second Language Writing, 12.

Bikowski, D., & Kessler, G. (2002). Making the most of discussion boards in the ESL classroom. TESOL Journal, 11, 3.

Bikowski, D. (2001). Review of “Tapestry Level 2.” TESOL Journal, 10, 4.

Bikowski, D. Time-saving online resources (for the not-so-expert computer user). Ohio TESOL Newsletter, Fall Issue, “ESL & Technology” section.


“Teacher Training & Digital Games.“ Invited CALL Interest Section Academic Session, TESOL International Convention, Toronto, Canada, March 2015.

“Working with Ministries of Education: Flexibility in ESP Curriculum Design and Teacher Training.“ Invited ESP Interest Section Academic Session, TESOL International Convention, Toronto, Canada, March 2015.

“Preparing International Teaching Assistants to Teach Online.“ Invited ITA and CALL InterSession, TESOL International Convention, Toronto, Canada, March 2015.

“Learning2gether with Dawn Bikowski: Gaming and Language Learning.”  Learning2gether Online Seminars. August 31, 2014.

“Training Teachers to Think in Games.”  Gaming and Gamification – a Win-win for Language Learning. 2nd Web Conference: IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) Learning Technology Special Interest Group & TESOL (Teaching English so Speakers of Other Languages) Computer Assisted Language Learning Interest Section. June 14, 2014

“New Technologies & Teaching: Focusing on Pedagogy.”  Teacher Educator Conference (TEC 14) Interview with Paul Braddock. British Council, BBC, TeachingEnglish blog.

“Re-Thinking Intercultural Communication.” Invited Workshop. Supporting International Student Success conference, San Diego, CA, June 2014.

“Academic Honesty and Faculty Support.” Invited Session. Supporting International Student Success conference, San Diego, CA, June 2014.

“Alternative Assessments: Options and Implementation.” Invited 2-Day Workshop: Al-Baha University College of Arts & Humanities, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, May 5-6, 2014.

 ”Digital Games in the Classroom: Engagement for Future Generations.” TESOL Conference, Portland, OR, March 2014, with Jeffrey Kuhn and Jacqueline Gardy

Technology Use to Help Avoid Plagiarism: Resources for Teachers and Students.” TESOL Conference, Portland, OR, March 2014, with Chris Hitchcock.

“Getting Ready for Study Abroad in the US.” Chubu University, Nagoya, Japan, February 2014.

“The Pedagogy of Collaboration: Teaching Effectively with Evolving Technologies.” Teacher Education Conference (TEC 14). Invited keynote. Hyderabad, India, February 2014. Link to video recording here.  Link to presentation here.

“Teaching for Today’s Learners: Oral Error Correction and Writing Effective Assessments.” U.S. Department of State Shaping the Way We Teach English webinar. November 2013.

“The Role of Technology Tools in Language Learning.” Invited panelist. Tech@State: EdTech Conference, Washington, DC, November 2013.

“Intercultural Communication: Working Effectively with International Students.” Invited Workshop. Supporting International Student Success conference, Orlando, Fl, June 2013.

“Considerations for Initiating Change.” Invited Presentation. Supporting International Student Success conference, Orlando, Fl, June 2013.

“Incorporating Trace Effects Teacher’s Manual Activities into Lesson Plans.” U.S. Department of State webinar. March 1013.

“Collaborative Writing with Web-Based Word Processing Tools: Its Effects on the Classroom and on Individual Writing Scores.”  CALICO Conference, Honolulu, HI, May 2013

“Technology and Teaching: CALL in the Methodology Course.”  Panel, CALICO Conference, Honolulu, HI, May 2013

“Gaming and Language Learning.”  Academic Session Panel, TESOL Conference, Dallas, TX, March 2013, with Elizabeth Hanson-Smith, Deborah Healey, Jeff Kuhn, Rick Rosenberg and Jacqueline Gardy.

“Preparing teachers to use virtual reality games in the classroom.”  TESOL Conference., Dallas, TX, March 2013, with Deborah Healey and Rick Rosenberg.

“New Technology Horizons for International Teaching Assistants.”  ITA InterSession Panel, TESOL Conference, Dallas, TX, March 2013

“Teaching with Trace Effects: Tips in the Teacher’s Manual.” U.S. Department of State webinar. December 2012.

“Matching up ESL Learners and Teachers-in-Training to Maximize Learning.” OhioTESOL Conference, Columbus, Ohio, 2012.

“Intercultural Communication and Language Learning: A Discourse Approach.” 6th Annual Wuhan University Intensive English Conference, Wuhan, China, July 2012.

“Using Online Plagiarism Detectors: What You and Every Student Should Know.” US Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association Conference, Boston, MA, June 2012.

“L2 Writers’ Use of Online Plagiarism Checkers to Check their Own Writing.” Ohio TESOL, Columbus, Ohio, November 2011.

“Exploring Non-native English Speaking Students’ Use of Technologies to Improve their Paraphrasing Skills and Avoid Plagiarism.” Ohio Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association (OETDA) 2011 Conference, Columbus, Ohio, October 2011. Invited Presentation.

“Intercultural Communicative Competence in Online Project-Based Cultural Exchanges.” Invited speaker as part of the panel Advances in Telecollaborative Practices for Foreign Language Learning and Teaching: Sharing Experiences, Insights, and Visions for the Future. AAAL Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 2011, with Greg Kessler.

“Fostering Intercultural Communication in Project-Based Telecollaborative Exchanges.” TESOL, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2011.

“Investigating the Ability of an Online Application in Diagnosing Students’ Pronunciation.” Ohio TESOL, Columbus, Ohio, November 2010. With Robert Stewart and Stephanie Buechele.

“Collaborative Writing with Web 2.0 Tools.” CALICO Conference, Amherst, Massachusetts, June 2010, with Greg Kessler.

“There’s no I in We: Collaborative Writing Using Web-Based and Desktop-Based Word Processing.” CALICO Conference, Amherst, Massachusetts, June 2010, with Robert Stewart and Greg Kessler.

“Politeness and Intercultural Competence in Computer-Mediated Cultural Exchanges.” AAAL Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2010, with Greg Kessler.

“Developing Collaborative Autonomous Learning Abilities in Computer Mediated Language Learning: Attention to Meaning among Students in
Wiki Space.” AAAL Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2010, with Greg Kessler.

“Helping NNES Graduate Engineering Students Better Understand Plagiarism.” Symposium on Second Language Writing, Tempe, Arizona, November 2009.

“Training Students to Solve their Writing Problems with Web Based Concordancers.” Ohio Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Conference, Columbus, Ohio, October 2009.

“Collaborative Writing and Web 2.0: Realities, Challenges & Opportunities.” CALICO Conference Tempe, Arizona, March 2009, with Greg Kessler.

“Constructing community with web based collaboration.” CALICO Conference Tempe, Arizona, March 2009, with Greg Kessler.

“Ohio TESOL Technology Fair.” OTESOL Conference, Columbus, Ohio, October 2008. Kessler, G., Bikowski, D., Aljoris, S., Bauerle, S., Buechele, S., Dombroski, M., Ford, A., Hill, C., Panell, J., Soto, J.,& Spicher, A.

“Social Networking and Intercultural Communication.” Presented the latest  research on strategies for improving intercultural communication using technology. OhioTESOL Conference Featured Session, Columbus, OH, October 2008.

“Ohio State’s Law and Variation in International Teaching Assistant
Assessment.” Presented Ohio University’s compliance with the state law for ITAs. OhioTESOL Conference, Columbus, OH, October 2008 (with Susy Sarwark and Martha McNamara).

“They Sound Like Me! Discourse in an Intercultural Virtual Learning
Community.” Colloquium presented for the Linguistics Department, Ohio University, October 2008.

“Teaching Scientific Writing to International Graduate Students.” Presented activities for teaching writing to graduate students in the sciences. TESOL Conference, New York, March 2008.

“Hardware Fair” Co-coordinator. TESOL Conference, New York, 2008.

“Teaching Writing to Promote Academic Honesty.” Presented a required
writing class for graduate students that Ideveloped and teach. Center for Academic Integrity International Conference, Newport News, Virginia, October 2007.

“An Educational Framework for Nurturing a Culture of Academic Honesty.” Presented a framework developed for use with students and faculty. ASEE Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2007.

“Graduate Writing Across the Curriculum.” Presented research on assignments commonly given to international graduate students. TESOL Conference, Seattle, Washington, March 2007.

“Internet Relationships: Building Learning Communities through Friendship.” Presented results of qualitative research on students’ experiences in an online learning community. Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in Education Conference, Cedarville, Ohio, June 2006.

“Learning by Doing: Empowerment through Service Learning.” Presented strategies the Global Leadership Center uses to empower female students to become leaders. Women as Global Leaders Conference, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 2006.

“New Model for Distance Language/Culture Learning.” Colloquium presented to Linguistics Department graduate students at Ohio University, March 2006.

“Facilitating Meaningful Communication through Online Collaborations.” Presented strategies that educators can use to facilitate communication in online learning communities. TESOL Conference, San Antonio, Texas, March 2005.

“Teaching Writing for the Kinesthetic and/or Visual Learner.” Presented writing activities that can be used with visual and kinesthetic learners. OhioTESOL Conference, Columbus, OH, November 2004.

“Global Connections.” Presented information about active learning projects in the Global Learning Community, including problem-based learning and student-centered learning. President’s Spring Showcase, Ohio University, Athens, OH, May 2003.

“Active Learning in Ohio University’s Global Learning Community .” Presented information about what the Global Learning Community of Ohio University is, what problem-based learning is, and how we use this student-centered approach in our courses. Spotlight on Learning, Ohio University, Athens, OH, March 2003 (with Greg Emery and Brian Manhire).

“A Case for Developing Graduate Writing Tests.” Presented information on the development of test materials, a scoring rubric, and norming procedures for a reading-based writing assessment for graduate students. Also presented the contents of courses that were developed to address writing needs uncovered in the assessment. International TESOL conference, Salt Lake City, UH, April 2002 (with Mary Kaye Jordan, OPIE lecturer).

“Technology Tools for Everyone.” Presented free online resources (such as puzzlemakers and reference tools) that can be used for teacher-created paper-based materials or student self access. International TESOL conference, Salt Lake City, UH, April 2002.

“Preparing to be an International Teaching Assistant.” Used video segments and large and small group discussions to introduce International Teaching Assistants to the American undergraduate classroom, including student characteristics and learning preferences, strategies to overcome language and cultural barriers, and student expectations of Teaching Assistants. Orientation for International Teaching Assistants, Ohio University, Athens, OH, August 2001 (with Ann Christensen, OPIE lecturer).

“Time-Saving Resources–How to Use Them Efficiently in the Writing or Grammar Classroom.” Presented online resources (such as reference tools and clipart) and online tools for making paper-based ESL exercises or worksheets. OhioTESOL Spring Conference, Athens, OH, April 2001. To see the handout click here.

“Linguistic Features Found in Second Language Learner Compositions.” Presented my research findings about the use of specific linguistic features in second language learner compositions. International TESOL Graduate Student Forum, St. Louis, MO, February 2001.

“Mystery Teacher Name Game: An Online Game for ESL Instruction.” Presented online game that I created to help students become familiar with the Ohio Program of Intensive English program. International TESOL Internet Fair, St. Louis, MO, February 2001.

“Making the Most of Online ESL Materials.” Presented online resources and tools for making online ESL exercises. Ohio Program of Intensive English, Athens, OH, January 2001 (with Greg Kessler, OPIE lecturer).

“Using CALL Materials in the ESL Classroom.” Presented a variety of online and computer-based resources available for ESL instruction. Ohio University Linguistics Computer Class, Athens, OH, January 2001 (with Greg Kessler, OPIE lecturer).

“Making the Most of Online ESL Materials.” Presented online resources and tools for making online ESL exercises. OhioTESOL Conference, Columbus, OH, October 2000 (with Greg Kessler, OPIE lecturer). To see the handout, on making online materials with Hot Potatoes, click here.

“Tips on Using Blackboard CourseInfo in the ESL Classroom.” Presented Blackboard CourseInfo how-to tips to faculty of the Ohio Program of Intensive English, Athens, OH, April 2000.

International Program Assessment, Teacher Training, and Consultancies

  • Ministry of Technical Education, Hyderabad, India, Senior English Language Specialist with the U.S. Department of State, curriculum development, teacher training workshops, STEM Grant Proposal Writing, English for Specific Purposes, February 2014
  • American Center, New Delhi, India, English for Specific Purposes workshop for Technical College faculty, February 2014
  • Institute of International Relations in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, English Language Specialist with the U.S. Department of State, curriculum development and teacher training,
    April 2013
  • Al Baha University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Teacher Training, November 2012, 2014
  • Professor and English Drama Club Director, Wuhan University Summer Intensive English Program, July 2012.
  • U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, author of Teacher’s Manual for online game Trace Effects, 2012.
  • Mutah University, Jordan, Teacher Training and Curriculum Development Project with the Department of English Language & Literature, February 2012, 2014
  • Expert Linguistic Witness for Legal Case, Columbus, Ohio, September 2011
  • University of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Teacher Training & Curriculum Development; The Center for English Studies and the English Language and Literature Department, July-August 2011
  • Arabic Education and Training Group, Saudi Arabia, University Program Assessment: Princess Norah University, Al-Baha University, and the University of Dammam, June 2011
  • Lebanese International University, ESL Program Assessment, March 2006
  • Chiang Mai University, “Building Interaction into the Business English Course,” July 2004

Service to the Profession

  • Learning Technology Reviews Editor, CALICO Journal, July 2014 to present.
  • Moderator during the “Using Technology in Teaching: Principles in Practice” online conference sponsored by the IATEFL SIG and TESOL CALL IS. Moderating session “Digital Literacies” by Gavin Dudeney. October 2013.
  • Past-Chair, CALL Interest Section, TESOL, 2012-2013
  • Chair, CALL Interest Section, TESOL, 2011-2012
  • Chair-Elect, CALL Interest Section, TESOL, 2010-11
  • Conference Planning Committee, Ohio TESOL, 2009-2010
  • Higher Education Interest Section Leader and Executive Board Member, Ohio TESOL, 2008 2010
  • “Hardware Fair” Co-coordinator. TESOL Conference, New York, 2008
  • Newsletter Editor for International TESOL CALL Interest Section, Spring 2004-2006
  • Member, International TESOL CALL Interest Section Steering Committee, 2002-2005
  • Volunteer in the Electronic Village of Ohio TESOL, 2005-2006
  • “Internet Fair Classics” Co-coordinator. International TESOL Conferences, 2002-5
  • TESOL Electronic Village Coordinator, 2001-2004
  • Volunteer in the Electronic Village of International TESOL Conference, 2000-2001
  • Coordinator for the Ohio Program of Intensive English’s in-service on Distance Education, 2002
  • Editor for the “ESL & Technology” Column of the OhioTESOL Newsletter, 2001- 2002



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