I am an Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. My research and teaching focus on the use of digital media for learning and professional development. The goal of my projects is to leverage digital technology to improve the lives of those with whom I work.
Some of my recent research and development projects include: Helping novice teachers learn using digital video; designing STEM activities for after-school and summer programs in urban schools; facilitating practice in virtual worlds; and technology-enhanced safety awareness training.
In addition to textbooks and book chapters, I have published in quality journals such as Educational Technology Research and Development, Educational Technology, The Journal of Research on Technology in Education, The Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, The Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, Educational Media International, and Technology, Pedagogy, and Education among others.
I have guest-edited two special issues of Educational Technology; I serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Research on Technology in Education; I serve on the Board of Consulting Editors for Educational Technology Research and Development; I serve on the Board of Reviewers for the Journal of Teacher Education; and I regularly review for Computers and Education.
I am also the former Chair of the Instructional Technology Special Interest Group (SIG-IT) of the American Educational Research Association, as well as the recipient of their 2010 Leadership Award.
Before my formal study of educational media, I was a student and teacher of modern languages in the United States and Europe. I still enjoy the diversity, and the cultural and intellectual stimulation associated with working in multicultural contexts.
I was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, where my parents were in graduate school. My family moved to Europe before my first birthday. We lived in Regensburg, Germany and London, England until we moved to Florida when I was 9.
After finishing my undergraduate degree at Florida State University in 1991, I went to teach EFL in what was then Czechoslovakia. I remained for 3 years teaching English as a Foreign Language to school children and in-service and pre-service teachers via the Slovak Ministry of Education, UKF University Teachers’ Training Center, and the PHARE global economic reform program – sponsored by the Soros foundation.
Upon my return to the US, I attended the University of Florida to study Germanistik (special interest in film and theater of the Weimar era). During that time, I was also a scholarship exchange student at the University of Mannheim in Germany. After my studies at UF, I taught ESL and German at the University of South Florida in Tampa. It was while teaching there that I became interested in Web-based learning, found a job at the Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT), and studied web design and development specifically for web-based learning. While at USF/FCIT, I worked on my dissertation that dealt with design aspects, and related cognitive and affective outcomes of Web-based learning.
While finishing my dissertation in 2002, I was hired to the Learning Technologies academic unit in the College of Education at Georgia State University in Atlanta. I was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2008. I now live in Decatur, GA with my wife Daniela and my two children Dominick and Mila. To date, my research, teaching and consulting has focused on the use of digital media as cognitive and transformative tools.