People

The Deep-Play Research Group is a writing and research group, centered around creativity, education and technology, and involving the collaborative efforts of Dr. Punya Mishra, Dr. Danah Henriksen, Christopher Fahnoe, Colin Terry, William Cain, Jon Good, Rohit Mehta, Sarah Keenan, and Carmen Richardson.

Punya Mishra

Punya is a professor of Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at the College of Education at Michigan State University, where he also co-directs the Master's Program in Educational Technology. His scholarly interests include technology integration in teaching and learning, creativity and design. He can be found at http://punyamishra.com

Danah Henriksen

Danah is a visiting assistant professor in the Master's of Educational Technology Program in the College of Education at Michigan State University. She teaches on varied topics in the areas of educational psychology and technology, and her research interests include creative thinking across disciplines, creativity among exceptional teachers, and new media for learning. http://www.danah-henriksen.com

William Cain

William is a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program at Michigan State University. His research interests focus on disruptive and sustaining educational innovations, tech-rich designs for learning, pedagogy and situational creativity, and mobile augmented reality. William is author and co-author on a number of publications on innovative course designs and synchromodal learning environments.

Jon Good

Jon is a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program. He is interested in the teaching of computational thinking, robotics, electronics, and how those subjects interact with creativity. His experiences in education include faculty development, technology management, teaching multiple courses related to computing, and curriculum development.

Rohit Mehta

Rohit is a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program, College of Education at MSU. His research revolves around new, visual, media, and scientific literacies. http://mehtarohit.com.

Sarah Keenan

Sarah Keenan is a doctoral student in the Education Psychology and Educational Technology program at the College of Education at Michigan State University. She is interested in the development of creative problem solving skills, exploring the informal educational space of museums, and advancing educational practices to support the learning styles of children struggling in traditional school settings.

Carmen Richardson

Carmen is a student in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology hybrid PhD program at Michigan State University. She lives in Hawai'i and is an Instructional Technology Specialist for Kamehameha Schools. Her research interests include recognizing, encouraging, and supporting creativity in teaching and learning across all disciplines. She is also interested in the role that technology plays in supporting the pedagogy of creative teachers. You can find her online at carmenrichardson.com or on twitter- @edtechcarmen.

Chris Fahnoe

Chris is currently an EPET student in the hybrid Ph.D program. In addition, he is the Director of Technology and Assessment for Arlington Heights School District 25 in Illinois. His research interests centers on how technology can change teacher-centered, content-directed environments with passive learners into active learning centers where students are highly motivated, self-regulated, and engaged through choice and ownership of the content.

Colin Terry

Colin Terry is doctoral student in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology Hybrid Program at Michigan State University. As a hybrid student, Colin lives in Colorado and is the Director for the Center of Academic Services & Advising at the Colorado School of Mines. Colin’s research considers the intersection of technology, attentional failure, and college student scholarship.

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Matthew Koehler

Matt is professor of Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at the College of Education at Michigan State University. His scholarly interests include understanding the pedagogical affordances (and constraints) of newer technologies for learning, specifically in the context of the professional development of teachers, and in the design of technology-rich and innovated learning environments for adults and children. He can be found at http://www.matt-koehler.com/

Aman Yadav

Aman is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at Michigan State University. His research focuses on preparing teachers to embed computational thinking practices and computing in the classroom. In addition, his work also involves developing an understanding of problem-based learning (PBL) and case-based instruction (CBI) in STEM disciplines, with a specific focus on engineering education. He can be found at http://amanyadav.org

Sandra Sawaya

Sandra is an advanced doctoral student in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program at Michigan State University. Her research interests involve informal learning using mobile technologies and the implications of such devices on learning. She is also interested in designing technology-rich learning environments for higher education. In addition to being a full-time student, she is a teaching assistant in the Master of Arts in Educational Technology program and a user experience intern at Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting. She can be found at: sandrasawaya.com

Kristen DeBruler

Kristen is a researcher at Michigan Virtual University. Her research centers around preparing and supporting teachers and learners in online and blended K-12 settings.

Laura Terry

Laura is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology Program at the College of Education at Michigan State University. Her research interests include issues of academic motivation for student-athletes as well as factors affecting urban classroom teachers' integration of technology. She can be found at http://laurajterry.com.