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Brian Belland

Brian Belland

Associate Professor of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences

Contact Information

Office Hours: By Appointment
IconPhone: (435) 797-2535
IconEmail: brian.belland@usu.edu

Biography

Brian earned his Ph.D. in Educational Technology in 2008 from Purdue University. He also holds an M. A. in French from Ohio State. He has taught instructional technology/learning sciences, French, and engineering education at Ohio State, Purdue, and Utah State. His research focuses on the use of technology to scaffold middle school students' argumentation abilities, and is supported by a 2010 National Science Foundation CAREER grant (to read more about that project, please click here: Belland NSF CAREER Web Page and a NSF REESE grant (to read more about that project, please click here Belland NSF REESE Web Page). (Link to Vitae)

Research Interests

problem-based learning
scaffolding
online learning
service learning
science education

Education

Ph. D., Educational Technology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 2008 Dissertation: Supporting Middle School Students’ Construction of Evidence- Based Arguments: Impact of and Student Interactions with Computer-Based Argumentation Scaffolds

M. A., French, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2001

B. A., French, The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH, 1999

Awards and Honors

Research Awards

2014   Association of Educational Communications and Technology Division of Distance Learning Crystal Award Quantitative Focused Article

2014   Utah State University Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences Researcher of the Year

2010   National Science Foundation CAREER Award

2009   American Educational Research Association Instructional Technology Special Interest Group Best Paper Award

2007/8  Frank B. DeBruicker Graduate Award: Awarded to 2 doctoral students in educational technology at Purdue per year for excellence in research.

2007    Educational Technology Research and Development Young Scholar Award

2007/8   American Educational Research Association SIG-PBL Student Researcher Award

Teaching Awards

2011   Exemplary Online Course Award for INST 6310 - Foundations of Educational Technology (Utah State University Regional Campuses and Distance Education)

2011   Exemplary Online Course Award for INST 6505 - Foundations of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences (Utah State University Regional Campuses and Distance Education)

2007   Purdue University Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Teaching

2007    College of Education (Purdue University) Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award Awarded to one of the College’s TAs per year for excellence in teaching

2006    Department of Curriculum and Instruction (Purdue University) Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, Awarded to one of the Department’s TAs per year for excellence in teaching (there are approximately 55 TAs in the Department)

Service Awards

2011   Byron R. Burnham Leadership Award (Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences, Utah State University)

2010   Educational Technology Research & Development, Outstanding Research Reviewer

2007   Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning Student Reviewer of the Year

Projects

Scaffolding middle school students' construction of evidence-based arguments
Validity in Problem-based Learning Research
Problem-based Learning among Students with Special Needs

Grants

Year Grant Name Funding Agency Amount
2017-2020 Collaborative research: Scaffolding preservice early childhood teachers to debug during block-based programming National Science Foundation $136,725
2013-2016 Impact of scaffolding characteristics and study quality on learner outcomes in STEM education: A meta-analysis National Science Foundation $297,434
2013-2014 Research Experiences for Undergraduates Supplement for CAREER: Supporting Middle School Students' Construction of Evidence-based Arguments National Science Foundation $10,070
2012-2013 Research Experiences for Undergraduates Supplement for CAREER: Supporting Middle School Students' Construction of Evidence-based Arguments National Science Foundation $14,750
2010-2016 CAREER: Supporting Middle School Students' Construction of Evidence-based Arguments National Science Foundation $555,443
2011 Research Catalyst: Laying the Foundation for a Scaffolding Metaanalysis USU Vice President of Research $20,000
2008-2009 Supporting Middle School Students' Construction of Evidence-based Arguments: A GEM Application to Support the Development of an NSF CAREER Application Utah State University Vice President of Research $5000
2007 Summer Research Grant Purdue Research Foundation $2500 plus tuition and fees for 2007 summer session

Teaching

Advising

Integration of research and teaching is more than just a buzz-phrase to me. Research can inform teaching, and vice versa. I believe in working with individual students to learn their goals, and helping them get the experiences they need to reach those goals.

With Master's students, this often involves applying lessons learned through research and teaching to help students navigate the complexities of IRB submissions and integrating technology to improve learning and performance. It also involves putting students in contact with professionals in the area and beyond who can help them pursue their goals.

With PhD students, this often involves making sure that they gain skill in research, teaching and service. In research, I bring beginning students onto collaborative research projects initially in a supportive role, and gradually let them carve out an area of the project about which they are passionate and want to take the lead on. For service, I have agreements with many leading journals to allow me to mentor PhD students in reviewing manuscripts. For teaching, PhD students serve as mentors to undergraduate research assistants.

Courses

INST 6310: Foundations of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences(Online and face-to-face course; MS, MLTID, and Med programs)

INST 6730: Technology and its Role in the Transformation of Education (Online course; MEd program)

INST 6870, 7870: Instructional Scaffolding Seminar (Face-to-face course; PhD and MS programs)

EDUC 6550: Research for Teachers (Online course; College wide research methodology course for master's degree-seeking teachers)