Associate Professor of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences
Victor Lee is a learning scientist and technologist who is interested in supporting teaching and learning of STEM content and practices with new technologies in both formal and informal settings and across age groups. Professionally, he is associated with embodied learning and wearable technologies and Maker education. Current work involves designing supports for libraries to incorporate Maker programs for youth patrons, using new technologies to detect youth engagement in afterschool Maker programs, using fitness trackers as tools for students to learn data science, studying the Quantified Self movement and its implications for education, researching intuitive and embodied reasoning in Physics, and more recently, health education. Past work has involved studying visual representations in science education, district appropriation of technology tools, and computational thinking. Lee was a graduate fellow with the NSF-funded Center for Curriculum Materials in Science, past recipient of the American Educational Research Association's SIG ATL/EST - Best Student Paper award, an NSF CAREER award, the Jan Hawkins Early Career award, and a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. He previously served as Chair of AERA's Special Interest Group for Advanced Technologies for Learning and is on the board of directors for the International Society of the Learning Sciences. His first book, Learning Technologies and the Body was a volume reporting on the state of embodied, wearable, and tangible technologies in education. Currently, he is preparing his next book with Abigial Phillips, titled Reconceptualizing Libraries: Perspectives from the Information and Learning Sciences, to be published in 2018. (Link to Personal Website)
Visual representations, curriculum design, cognitive science, everyday and intuitive reasoning, STEM conceptual change, wearable technology, personal informatics, Maker movement
PhD Learning Sciences, Northwestern University, 2008
BS Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego 2001
Specialization area: Human Computer Interaction
BA Math/Applied Science, University of California, San Diego 2001
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Lee, V. R. (Ed.). (2015). Learning technologies and the body: Integration and implementation in formal and informal learning environments. New York, NY: Routledge.
Lee, V. R. (2014). What’s Happening in the Quantified Self Movement? In J. L. Polman, Kyza, E. A., O'Neill, D. K., Tabak, I., Penuel, W. R., Jurow, A. S., O'Connor, K., Lee, T., D'Amico, L. (Ed.), Learning and Becoming in Practice: The International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2014 (Vol. 2, pp. 1032-1036). Boulder, CO: ISLS.
Lee, V. R., Leary, H. M., Sellers, L., & Recker, M. (2014). The role of school district science coordinators in the district-wide appropriation of an online resource discovery and sharing tool for teachers. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 23(3), 309-323. doi: 10.1007/s10956-013-9465-5
Lee, V. R. (2013). The Quantified Self (QS) movement and some emerging opportunities for the educational technology field. Educational Technology, 53(6), 39-42.
Lee, V. R., & Drake, J. (2013). Digital physical activity data collection and use by endurance runners and distance cyclists. Technology, Knowledge and Learning. link
Berland, L. K., & Lee, V. R. (2012). In pursuit of consensus: Disagreement and legitimization during small group argumentation. International Journal of Science Education, 34(12), 1857-1882. doi: 10.1080/09500693.2011.645086 link
Lee, V. R., Shelton, B. E., Walker, A., Caswell, T., & Jensen, M. (2012). ReTweeting History: Exploring the intersection of microblogging and problem-based learning for historical reenactments. In K. Seo, D. Pellegrino & C. Engelhard (Eds.), Designing Problem-Driven Instruction Using Online Social Media (pp. 23-40). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Lee, V. R., & Drake, J. (2012). Physical activity data use by technoathletes: Examples of collection, inscription, and identification. In J. van Aalst, K. Thompson, M. J. Jacobson & P. Reimann (Eds.), The Future of Learning: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2012) (Vol. 2, pp. 321-325). Sydney, NSW, Australia: International Society of the Learning Sciences. link
Lee, V. R., Ye, L., & Recker, M. (2012). What a long strange trip it’s been: A comparison of authors, abstracts, and references in the 1991 and 2010 ICLS Proceedings. In J. van Aalst, K. Thompson, M. J. Jacobson & P. Reimann (Eds.), The Future of Learning: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2012) (Vol. 2, pp. 172-176). Sydney, NSW, Australia: International Society of the Learning Sciences. link
DuMont, M., & Lee, V. R. (2012). Material pets, virtual spaces, isolated designers: How collaboration may be unintentionally constrained in the design of tangible computational crafts. In Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference for Interaction Design and Children (IDC) (pp. 244-247). Bremen, Germany: ACM.
Russ, R. S., Lee, V. R., & Sherin, B. L. (2012). Framing in cognitive clinical interviews about intuitive science knowledge: Dynamic student understandings of the discourse interaction. Science Education, 96(4), 537-599. doi: DOI: 10.1002/sce.21014 link
Sherin, B., Krakowski, M., & Lee, V. R. (2012). Some assembly required: How scientific explanations are constructed in clinical interviews. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 49(2), 166-198. doi: 10.1002/tea.20455 link
Lee, V. R., & Thomas, J. M. (2011). Integrating physical activity data technologies into elementary school classrooms. Educational Technology Research and Development, 59(6), 865-884. doi: 10.1007/s11423-011-9210-9. link
Berland, M., & Lee, V. R. (2011). Collaborative strategic board games as a site for distributed computational thinking. International Journal of Game-Based Learning. 1(2), 65-81. link
Lee, V. R., & DuMont, M. (2010). An exploration into how physical activity data-recording devices could be used in computer-supported data investigations. International Journal of Computers for Mathematical Learning, 15(3), 167-189. link
Lee, V. R. (2010). How different variants of orbit diagrams influence students' explanations of the seasons. Science Education. 94(6), 985-1007. link
Lee, V. R. (2010). Adaptations and continuities in the use and design of visual representations in US middle school science textbooks. International Journal of Science Education, 32(8), 1099-1126. link
Lee, V. R., Russ, R. S., & Sherin, B. (2008). A functional taxonomy of discourse moves for conversation management during cognitive clinical interviews about scientific phenomena. In V. Sloutsky, B. Love & K. McRae (Eds.), Proceedings of the 30th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1723-1728). Austin, TX. link
Lee, V. R.., & Sherin, B. (2006). Beyond transparency: How students make representations meaningful. In S. A. Barab, K. E. Hay & D. T. Hickey (Eds.), Proceedings of The Seventh International Conference of the Learning Sciences (Vol. 1, pp. 397-403). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Lee, V. R. (2014). Using physical activity data technologies to capture pockets of immersive experience at school. Paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
Lee, V. R., & Fields, D. A. (2013). A clinical interview for assessing student learning in a university-level craft technology course. Paper presented at the III Digital Fabrication in Education Conference (FabLearn 2013), Stanford, CA. link
Lee, V. R., Leary, H., Sellers, L., Recker, M., & Olsen, M. W. (2013). Examining the role of district science coordinators in the implementation of a web-based lesson-planning tool. Paper presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
Boxerman, J. Z., Lee, V. R., & Olsen, J. (2013). As seen through the lens: Students’ encounters and engagement with science during outdoor field trips. Paper presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
Lee, V. R., Recker, M., & Sumner, T. (2013). Variable appropriation of an online resource discovery and sharing tool. Paper presented at the CSCW In Education Workshop, San Antonio, TX. link
Leary, H., Sellers, L., & Lee, V. R. (2012). Understanding Teacher Perspectives and Practices: Experiences from the Curriculum Customization Service. Paper presented at the 2012 Annual Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Louisville, KY.
Brown, N. J. S., Danish, J. A., DeLiema, D., Engle, R. A., Enyedy, N., Lee, V. R., & Parnafes, O. (2012). Representations, interlocutors, and their Influences on apparent knowledgeability. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Eductional Research Association, Vancouver, BC. (authors listed alphabetically)
Lee, V. R. (2011). Supporting elementary students’ knowledge construction of measures of center: A PAD-based approach. Paper presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Berkeley, CA.
Lee, V. R. (2010). Misconstruals or more? The interactions of orbit diagrams and explanations of the seasons. Paper presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Denver, CO. link
Lee, V. R. (2009). Examining patterns of visual representation use in middle school science classrooms. Proceedings of the 2009 Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching.
Lee, V. R., Krakowski, M., Sherin, B., Bang, M., & Dam, G. (2006). Methodological challenges for identifying and coding diverse knowledge elements in interview data. Paper presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA. link
Awards and Honors
2014 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow
2013 Jan Hawkins Early Career Award
2011 NSF CAREER Award
2010 ICLS Early Career/Junior Researcher
2007 Northwestern University Dissertation Year Fellowship.
2007 Best Student Paper Award for AERA SIG-ATL (Advanced Technologies for Learning)/EST (Education in Science & Technology, now Learning Sciences).
2005 Graduate Fellow of the Center for Curriculum Materials in Science.
2002 Cognitive Science Fellowship.
2001 UC San Diego Alumni Award.
1997 UC San Diego Regents Scholar.
The PAD Project
Dynamics of physics reasoning through physical activity
Visualizing Body Movement
Curriculum Customization Service Replication
Learning in a Craft Technologies Course
EDUC 6770: Qualitative Methods I
ITLS 5205/6205: Computer Applications for Instruction and Training
ITLS 6101: Strategies and Skills for Online Learning
ITLS 6325: Communication, Instruction, and the Learning Process
ITLS 6540: Learning Theory
ITLS 6570: Performance Systems
ITLS 6870/7870: Current Issues Seminar: Small Technologies
ITLS 7300: Research in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences
ITLS 6870/7870: Embodiment, Communication, and Technology
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