Aaron Doering, PhD
Project Investigator; Associate Professor, Learning Technologies; Co-Director, LT Media Lab
Aaron is an associate professor in the Learning Technologies program at the University of Minnesota. He holds the Bonnie Westby Huebner Endowed Chair in Education and Technology and is a co-director of the Learning Technologies Media Lab, a Laureate of the prestigious humanitarian Tech Awards, and a fellow for the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment. He first recognized a need for a project like Earthducation many years ago while traveling by dogsled throughout the Arctic. He saw a disconnect between the education students were receiving and what they wanted to learn, and was inspired to generate this global narrative educating and engaging people of all ages about the role that education plays in sustainability. Since his childhood days of growing up on a farm in southern Minnesota, he’s always had a passion for the environment and for education. He believes our personal actions have a huge impact on our environment and that we need to be cognizant of how we’re all interconnected. His mission in life is to make a difference in the world through education.
Aaron’s academic writing focuses on how adventure learning impacts the classroom experience; designing and developing online learning environments; and K-12 technology integration. He’s published over 60 journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings, and is the co-author of the book Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching. He’s also received millions of dollars in grants and is currently the PI of four grants: Earthducation, with support from the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment; Explore15, with support from the Best Buy Children’s Foundation; Project North of 60, with support from the National Science Foundation; and GeoThentic, with support from the National Geographic Society.
Charles Miller, PhD
Co-Project Investigator; Assistant Professor, Learning Technologies; Co-Director, LT Media Lab
Charlie is an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota in the Learning Technologies program. His research explores opportunities to transform the instructional experience through design, bridging the gap between aesthetic learning experiences and contemporary interaction design. With more than 14 years of new media design, development, and research experience, Charlie has received design awards from organizations including USA Today, The Washington Post, American Scientist, Netscape, IBM, Adobe, the International Association of Science and Technology for Education, and Yahoo! For his work on projects ranging from environmental expeditions and political campaigns to photographers and educational initiatives. Recently, Aaron and Charlie’s development work received top honors two years in a row at the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) Outstanding Achievement in Innovative Instructional Design Showcase ($100,000+ funding category).
Charlie has led the design and development of 17 online learning environments and more than 110 websites, and has published over 50 journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings. Currently, he is a co-PI on three funded grants: AvenueDHH, an online reading and writing e-assessment environment for deaf and hard-of-hearing children (funding from Stepping Stones, USDOE); Explore 15, a user driven adventure learning network for teen explorers across the US (funding from Best Buy Children’s Foundation); and Earthducation (funding from UMN Institute on the Environment). Charlie serves as the Chair of the Computer and Internet Applications in Education SIG at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference, the world’s leading education conference.
Design-wise, Charlie’s future efforts are focused on the advancement of information visualization in online learning and the exploration of mobile design opportunities using the iPad with special education audiences; research-wise, the journey continues…