Research

I am primarily interested in how technology shapes teaching and learning practices and how it structures knowledge more broadly. Some of the themes that cut across my projects are the cultural aspects of technology, the materiality of the digital, teaching with technology, and technology as practice.

Below is a list of selected research projects, each are in various stages of development. If you would like to find out more about any of them, please e-mail me.

1) Open textbooks in college education

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Photo by Flickr user Giulia Forsythe and used under CC licensing

My dissertation work explores the implementation of open textbooks in colleges across California. You can find out more about the project here.

2) The materiality of Skype in educational practice

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Image courtesy of T.C. Worley (The New York Times)

This paper examines the role that educational “things” (in the form of technologies) play in forming teaching and learning practices, and how they further shape different ways of knowing and being in the online classroom. Specifically, the paper uses Skype as case study to illustrate how the materiality of technology enables certain pedagogical practices and forms of knowledge creation and exchange, and constrains others. The paper is in the process of editing for publication. You can find an extended abstract here.

3) Social media as knowledge media

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This project explores how wildlife foundations are using social media to engage and educate the public about predators, such as sharks. Specifically it focuses on a series of very popular Twitter profiles set-up by the shark conservation group OCEARCH. Drawing on literature from the digital humanities, and specifically Johanna Drucker’s theory of performative materiality, it explores they types of knowledge about sharks that is performed with Twitter.

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