Technical Communications Specialist, Jackson School of Geosciences
Writer in Residence, Jackson School of Geosciences
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As a Lecturer and Writer in Residence at UT Austin's Jackson School of Geosciences, Adam teaches and studies learning, communication and the social impact of science and technology. He is a learning scientist and action researcher with over 15 years of experience engaging technology for education, capacity-building and collective action. His current research is focused on connected learning and innovation in contemporary open and participatory networks, and he is particularly interested in how connected individuals craft narratives of interests, values and identity to position themselves in value-laden research and innovation networks that may not be clearly organized by disciplinary norms and goals. Adam has a PhD in Learning Technologies from the University of Texas at Austin, an MPH in International Health from Tulane University and a BA in Philosophy and Biology from Macalester College. A recent editor of the Texas Education Review, he has reviewed for and published in a variety of scholarly journals, and regularly presents work at conferences for the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS), the American Education Research Association (AERA) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
Areas of Expertise
Learning Technology, Connected Learning, Sensemaking, Science and Technology Studies, Design Epistemologies, Ethical Innovation, Critical Theory of Technology, Sociomaterial and Cultural-historical Perspectives, Multimodal Narrative Research
Current Research Programs & Projects
Geoscience Ambassadors: Understanding, Communicating and Strengthening Diverse Pathways into the Geosciences.
Developing scientific inquiry, analysis, writing and mentorship through a tiered undergraduate and graduate course-based research experience.
Why and How Teachers and Entrepreneurs use Technology to Change Schools
Design Research on Learning, Identity and Ideological Positioning in a Broader Impacts of Science Course
Select Past Research
Faculty Development and Instructional Technology at the University of Rwandas College of Medicine and Health Sciences
Digital Literacies and eResources to support Human Resources for Health
Frederick Eby Research Prize in Humanistic Studies in Education (Dissertation Prize) - The University of Texas at Austin (2019)
Stephanie Hirsh and Shirley Hord Endowed Excellence Fund for Research Award - The University of Texas at Austin (2018)
Narrative and Research Doctoral Seminar Selected Participant - AERA Narrative and Research SIG (2018)
Faculty/Student Collaboration Award - University of Texas at Austin (2017)
Member, Ad Hoc Committee for Online Instruction, Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin (2020)
Member, Online Education Task Force, The University of Texas at Austin (2020)
Papendieck, A. (2018). Technology for Equity and Social Justice in Education: A Critical Issue Overview. Texas Education Review, 6(1), 1-9. doi:.
Modes of Innovation: How and Why Teachers and Entrepreneurs Use Technology for Change in Schools, American Education Research Association (AERA) Conference, New York, NY (2018)
Mapping Research and Writing Mentorship Assemblages in a Mixed Cohort Course-based Research Experience, International Conference on the Learning Sciences (ICLS), London, UK (2018)
Examining the activity of teachers and technology entrepreneurs: Implications for teacher preparation, International Society for Educational Technology (ISTE) Conference, San Antonio, TX (2017)
Using technology and digital resources to enhance teaching, learning, and scholarly practices in health sciences higher education: lessons learned in Rwanda, Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) Conference, Austin, TX (2017)
Grassroots and Global: A Blended Approach to University Faculty Development in Rwanda, International Society for Educational Technology (ISTE) Conference, Denver, CO (2016)
Tablets for Medical Education (T4ME) Project in Rwanda: Usage Patterns and Learning Outcomes Over Three Years, Distance Teaching and Learning (DTL) Conference, Madison, WI (2015)
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