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 co-author of the leading education technology textbook, Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching, as well as the forthcoming The New Landscape of Mobile Learning: Redesigning Education in an App-based World. He’s 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.