Mark Szymanski, PhD

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I am a Professor of Education with a passion for designing learning environments and experiences that are supported by digital learning and partnerships. I teach courses in educational psychology and digital learning and work closely with local teachers and community members. Before landing at Pacific I was a public school teacher in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a Learning Specialist at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. I'm currently interested in exploring how mobile devices, data visualization, and games change how we think about learning and teaching and developing global learning and teaching opportunities in the US Virgin Islands and India.

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PhD and MS, University of Wisconsin, Cognitive Science and Instruction

BS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Education, Psychology, History

Recent Projects

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

Researcher: Crossroads Technology Integration Project, 4j School District

Recent Publications

Szymanski, M. (2014) 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.

Szymanski, M. (2014) 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.

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

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

Szymanski, M. (2013) 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. (2012). Digitally Supported Project-Based Learning. A paper presented at the Oregon Technology in Education Network Conference. Pacific University. Forest Grove, OR.

Szymanski, M.J. (2011) An Invitation to Think 2.0: Combining Rich Digital Content with Effective Learning Strategies in Your Classroom. A presentation given at the Oregon Technology and Education Network Fall Showcase Conference, University of Portland, Oregon.

Szymanski, M.J. (2011)  Internet 2.0 and the Learning Sciences. The Untold Story of a Timely Meeting. The Journal of Education, Community, and Values:  Interface on the Internet,9(2).

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Eugene Campus Suite 250
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