Doctoral Dissertation

Ph.D. Research in ECT

Students in ECT conduct research and scholarship continuously through the program, beginning with the candidacy paper in the first year. Students participate in research labs and faculty projects, work under the supervision of faculty in research courses, and participate continuously in the doctoral colloquium as a research-supportive community. Over time, students publish journal articles and conference papers in addition to conducting the doctoral dissertation.

Recent Ph.D. Dissertations

  • Dixie Ching, Ph.D. 2016

    “Now I can actually do what I want”: Social learning ecologies supporting youth pathways in digital media making
  • Steve Yavner, Ph.D. 2016

    Stress, Fatigue, and Medical Students' Study Resource Selection: Implications for the Design of Educational Multimedia
  • Tsu-Ting Huang, Ph.D. 2016

    The effects of types of reflective scaffolding and language proficiency on the acquisition of physics knowledge in a game-based learning environment
  • Jonathan Belman, Ph.D. 2016

    A Study of Empathetic Play in Serious Games
  • Gabriela Richard, Ph.D. 2014

    Understanding Gender, Context and Game Culture for the Development of Equitable Digital Games as Learning Environments

  • Helen Kwah, Ph.D. 2013

    Coming to See Objects of Knowledge: Guiding Student Conceptualization Through Teacher Embodied Instruction in a Robotics Programming Class
  • Jonathan Frye, Ph.D. 2013

    Video Game Player Profiles: Bridging Industry, Game Studies and Social Science Perspectives
  • James Diamond, Ph.D. 2012

    "You weren't doing what you would actually do, you were doing what people wanted you to do": a study of historical empathy in a digital history game
  • Chris Allen, Ph.D. 2011

    The Effects of Visual Complexity on Cognitive Load as Influenced by Field Dependency and Spatial Ability
  • Joshua Schreier, Ph.D. 2011

    Teaching and technology: beliefs and implementation among fifth and sixth grade public school teachers
  • Maaike Bouwmeester, Ph.D. 2011

    Examining the effects of reflective rubrics in the e-portfolio peer review process on pre-service teachers' ability to integrate academic coursework and field experiences
  • Yoo Kyung Chang, Ph.D. 2010

    Examining metacognitive processes in exploratory computer-based learning environments using activity log analysis
  • Christine Rosalia, Ph.D. 2010

    EFL Students as peer advisors in an online writing center
  • Hyuk Soon Song, Ph.D. 2010

    The effects of learners’prior knowledge, self-regulation, and motivation on learning performance in complex multimedia learning environments.
  • Ruth Schwartz, Ph.D. 2010

    Considering the activity in interactivity: A multimodal perspective
  • Ian Aronson, Ph.D. 2009

    The effects of a multimedia video intervention's emotional content and ethnic matching on hiv prevention and testing related knowledge, behavior, and intent
  • Richard Panzer, Ph.D. 2008

    The effects of fear versus norm appeals and directive versus cognitively flexible designs in abstinence-centered multimedia education on teen sexual attitudes, intentions and behaviors
  • Eun Joon Um, Ph.D. 2008

    The effect of positive emotions on cognitive processes in multimedia based learning
  • Michaele Brown, Ph.D. 2008

    Constructing knowledge in online discussions: Supporting theory to practice in special education teacher education
  • Jonathan deHaan, Ph.D. 2008

    Video games and second language acquisition: The effect of interactivity with a rhythm video game on second language vocabulary recall, cognitive load, and telepresence
  • Chaoyan Dong, Ph.D. 2008

    Positive emotions and learning: What makes a difference in multimedia design?
  • Reneta Lansiquot, Ph.D. 2008

    Artifacts, social studies, and language arts: How interactive iconography can improve children’s writing

Complete list of ECT dissertations