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Bola C. King-Rushing is an Instructional Technologist at Oxnard College. He is also obtaining a PhD candidate from the Department of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His main areas of interest are all related to technology: online digital environments (virtual worlds) and culture; technology in the classroom; and literature and its relationship to technology. His dissertation, titled “A Theoretical Framework for Virtual Worlds Research: Toward a Proxemics of Virtuality,” is a humanities-based attempt to understand how and why people design and interact with virtual environments as they do.
Julia Phelan is a senior researcher at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST). She is currently working on a large-scale study of the effects of assessments of conceptual understanding on mathematics learning and performance at the middle school level as well as leading a major NSF project applying the middle-school formative assessment model to adult learners. She is also a contributor on projects in partnership with the Gates Foundation focused on the development of performance-based assessments, frameworks, and supports in mathematics and literacy. Previously she worked on a project to integrate science education and assessment research in the construction of Web-based assessment tools for science teachers. Her experience also includes curriculum and assessment development in math and science at the K-12 and college level with a focus on developing materials based on deep understanding of big ideas across the curriculum. She is currently on the advisory board for Prep-U. She was the recipient of the UCLA College of Letters and Sciences Certificate in Distinction in Teaching in 2001. Along with Jay Phelan, Julia recently published a chapter on classroom assessment in the International Encyclopedia of Education 3rd Edition. She holds a BA in Psychology and PhD in Educational Psychology from UCLA.
Sidneyeve Matrix (PhD Minnesota, @sidneyeve on Twitter) is Assistant Professor and Queen’s National Scholar in the Media and Film Department at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario Canada. She teaches courses on mass communications. Her blog on educational technology and digital culture trends is located at cyberpopblog.com.
Stephanie Chasteen is a science educator and communicator and loves to write about the neat things she keeps learning. She’s a research fellow at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the Physics Education Research group. She has worked on reforming college physics courses to be more in line with what we know about how people learn. She has also done extensive work with the Science Education Initiative to promote the effective use of clickers to actively engage students. She’s created workshops and videos for K-12 and college teachers on effective clicker use and other research-based instructional techniques. Stephanie has a PhD in Condensed Matter Physics from UC Santa Cruz. Her coolest job was as a fellow at the Exploratorium Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception, where she created workshops and podcasts for K-12 teachers. Her next coolest job was as an intern on the science desk at National Public Radio. She has written about science for the public in a wide variety of venues, including the creation of several podcasts for the public and for teachers. She is also an active consultant in science education and outreach and K-14 professional development. Stephanie’s main blog is at http://blog.sciencegeekgirl.com, where she writes about science education, myths, and fun facts, aimed at K-14 teachers.