Dongping Zheng is an assistant professor in the College of Education at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on the affordances of game-based multi-user virtual environments for learning English and Chinese as a foreign language. She has used the MUVE Quest Atlantis to engage adolescents in content learning through intercultural collaboration in both in-school and out-of-school contexts. She is designing game-like activities in Second Life Chinese School to support Mandarin Chinese language and culture learning, and researching how design affects learning trajectories and authentic language use in such environments. She is researching online interactions between native Chinese instructors and American high school students. Her interests also include instructional design, technology integration and implementation, and professional development. She has been a teacher of multiple ages in China and United States.