Esther (Chui Kian) Smidt

  • Professor of Languages
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • M.A., Iowa State University
  • B.Ed., University of Exeter, England

Research Interests

  • Distance Education
  • Immigrant Identity

Classes Taught

  • LAN/ENG382 - Teaching English Language Learners PK-12
  • LAN/ENG569 - Teaching English Language Learners PK-12
  • ENG576 - TESOL Curriculum and Materials Development
  • ENG581 - Teaching Reading and Writing to Second Language Learners
  • LAN504 - Techniques of Teaching English as a Second Language
  • LAN100 - Language and the Human Experience
  • EDS412 - Student Teaching Sec - 2nd Half
  • FYE100B - First Year Experience
  • LAN 580 - Seminar in Second Language Education: Online Language Teacher Education

Recent Publications/Activities

  • Houser, M.A., Guerriero, T.S., Bolton, D.L., & Smidt, E. (2022). Pre‐service teachers’ attitudes toward including students with ASD in general education. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals.
  • Chau, M.H., Smidt, E., *Gardner, P., & Tahir M.M. (2022). Developing a sustainable Community of Inquiry: Reflections and lessons learned. Computer Assisted Language Learning Electronic Journal (CALL-EJ), 23(4), 46-55.
  • Smidt, E., Li, R., Bolton, D. & *Rinehimer, E. (2021). Faculty experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic forced transition to remote teaching: Impact on future faculty support and development. In E. Langran & L. Archambault (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 295-303). Online, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 14, 2021 from
  • Smidt, E., Chau, M.H., *Rinehimer, E., & *Leever, P. (2021). Exploring engagement of users of Global Englishes in a community of inquiry. System, 98, 102477.
  • Man, D., Lee, K. Y., Chau, M. H. & Smidt, E. (2021). Learning to evaluate through that-clauses: Insights from a longitudinal corpus study of Bruneian students' writing. International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, 11(2), 84-97.
  • Smidt, E., Cheong, C.Y.M., & *Kochem, T. (2020). The meaning of quality in online/blended learning at a Malaysian university. International Journal on E-Learning, 19(3), 243-263.
  • Smidt, E., Cheong, C. Y., *Dachroeden, E., & *Kochem, T. (2019). The Meaning of Quality in Online/Blended Courses to American and Malaysian Administrators, Faculty, and Students. International Journal of Distance Education Technologies (IJDET), 17(2), 45-58. doi:10.4018/IJDET.2019040103
  • Smidt, E., & Li, R. (Eds.). (2019). Ensuring quality and integrity in online learning programs. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Bolton, D., Smidt, E., & Li, R. (2019). Assessing the quality of distance education at a university. In Smidt, E., & Li, R. (Eds.), Ensuring quality and integrity in online learning programs (pp. 149-177). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Li, R., Smidt, E., & *Dachroeden, E. (2019). Online program directors’ perspectives of quality programs. In Smidt, E., & Li, R. (Eds.), Ensuring quality and integrity in online learning programs (pp. 179-200). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Smidt, E., *McGowan, M., *Kochem, T., & Van Liew, M. (2017). The experience of a first-time online Cultural Studies instructor: A case study. GSTF Journal on Education (JEd), 4(2), 43-48. DOI: 10.5176/2345-7163_4.2.105. Retrieved from
  • Smidt, E., Li, R., Bunk, J., *Kochem, T., & *McAndrew, A. (2017). The meaning of quality in an online course to administrators, faculty, and students. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 28(1), 65-86. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved from
  • Li, R., Bunk, J., & Smidt, E. (2017). Understanding Faculty and Student Attitudes about Distance Education: The Importance of Excitement and Fear. In M. Northcote, & K. Gosselin (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Humanizing the Distance Learning Experience (pp. 410-434). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-0968-4.ch018
  • Smidt, E., Bunk, J., Li, R., *McAndrew, A., & *Florence, M. (2016). Understanding student attitudes about distance education: The importance of excitement and fear. IAFOR Journal of Education, 4(1), 90-104.
  • Bunk, J., Li, R., Smidt, E., *Bidetti, C., & *Malize, B.  (2015). Understanding faculty attitudes about distance education: The importance of excitement and fear. Online Learning, 19(4). Retrieved from
  • Smidt, E., McDyre, B., Bunk, J., Li, R., & Gatenby, T. (2014) Faculty attitudes about distance education. The IAFOR Journal of Education, 2(2), 181-209.
  • Smidt, E., Bunk, J., McGrory, B., Li, R., & Gatenby, T. (2014). Student attitudes about distance education: Focusing on context and effective practices. The IAFOR Journal of Education, 2(1), 40-64.
  • Smidt, E. (2012). Diversity within Islam: Its intersections with Muslim immigrant identities. MinneWITESOL Journal.
  • Smidt, E., Schumann, J., Clement, K., Greenleaf, J., Nelson, M., Dang, N., Funke, L., & Magassouba, Y. (2012). Analyzing LMS affordances through the RAT framework for online language teacher education: A case study. GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences, 2(1), 231-234. DOI: 10.5176/2251-2853_2.1.85.
  • Bibbee, E., Smidt, E., & Lazar, V. (2012). "Teaching French phonetics in a digital language lab." In F. Zhang (Ed.), Computer-Enhanced and Mobile-Assisted Language Learning: Emerging Issues and Trends (pp. 0-0). doi:10.4018/978-1-61350-065-1
  • Smidt, E. (2010). "Teaching a CALL Course as a Digital Immigrant: Lessons Learned." In Proceedings of Global Learn Asia Pacific 2010 (pp. 947-952). AACE.

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