Mark Szymanski, PhD

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I am a Professor of Education with a passion for learning, technology, and designing learning environments and experiences. I teach courses in Educational Psychology and Technology and closely with teachers and students in schools to support integrating technology into their work. I was a public school teacher in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a Learning Specialist at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon before my time at Pacific.


PhD and MS, University of Wisconsin

BS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Recent Publications

(2014) Szymanski, M. From Making Information Accessible to Making Thinking Conspicuous: Our Next Great Challenge. The Opening Plenary Address at the International Conference on Innovative and e-Learning Pedagogies. Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR.

(2014) Szymanski, M. Promoting Algebraic Thinking with Mobile Learning Devices: A Universal Design for Learning and Thinking   A presentation given at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference. Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.

(2013) Nguyen, V. & Szymanski, M.  From Art in the Dark to an Online Cart: Visual Arts Integration Facilitated by Technology Integration in Pre-Service Teacher Education

(2013) Everett. J. Szymanski, M. Getting Started With Games. A presentation given at the Oregon Educational Technology Network Conference, Forest Grove, OR.

(2013) Szymanski, M. Technology Integration and the Visual Arts Specialist: Wicked Solutions to Wicked Problems. A presentation given at the International Conference on Education. Honolulu, HI.

Szymanski, M.J. (2006). “Zooming in and Zooming Out: Using Digital Fieldwork to Increase Students’ Understanding of an Ecosystem.” Published Conference Proceedings from the International Conference on Children’s Rights and Education

Szymanski, M.J. (2005). Szymanski, M.J. (2006). “Using Web-Supported Adolescent Literature to Understand the Struggle for Student Rights Under Apartheid in South Africa.” Published Conference Proceedings from the International Conference on Children’s Rights and Education

Szymanski, M.J. (2004). “Connecting students and environmental decision makers in a values inquiry project." Published Conference Proceedings of the International Conference on Civic Education Research. New Orleans, La.

Szymanski, M.J. (2002). “Knowledge networking in electronic environments.” The Journal of Education, Community, and Values: Interface on the Internet,2(2). 

Szymanski, M.J. (2001-present) “Education and Learning Monthly Column” Journal of Education Community and Values Interface on the Internet.

Anderson–Inman L., Knox-Quinn, C. & Szymanski, M.J. (1999). “Computer supported studying: Stories of successful transition to post secondary education.” Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 22(2), 185-212

Recent Projects

Director of the Algebraic Thinking and Mobile Learning Project, U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas.

Lead Researcher: Crossroads Technology Integration Project, 4j School District.

Coordinator Professional Development School, Pacific University and Two Rivers Dos Rios Elementary School in the Springfield Public School District.

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Eugene Campus Suite 250
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