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Brendan Calandra

Department Chair    Chair and Professor in the Dept. of Learning Sciences    

Ph.D., University of South Florida
M.A., University of Florida
B.A., Florida State University


The use of digital media for learning and professional development.


Brendan Calandra is professor and chair of the Department of Learning Sciences. The department is located in the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

His research and teaching focus on the use of digital media for learning and professional development. Some of Calandra’s projects include using rich and immersive technologies to help novice teachers learn from practice teaching; designing technology-enhanced safety awareness training; and providing authentic, technology-enhanced learning experiences for under-served and marginalized youth. His work has been funded by private, non-profit, state and federal organizations, including current funding from the National Science Foundation for the Acquainting Metro Atlanta Youth with STEM (AMAYS) project.

In addition to textbooks and book chapters, Calandra has published in quality journals such as Educational Technology Research and Development, Educational Technology, The Journal of Research on Technology in Education, Internet and Higher Education, The Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, The Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, and Technology, Pedagogy, and Education among others. He also has an edited book on “Digital Video for Teacher Education” out now with Routledge Press.

Calandra has guest-edited two special issues of Educational Technology; serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Research on Technology in Education; serves on the Board of Consulting Editors for Educational Technology Research and Development; serves on the board of reviewers for the Journal of Teacher Education; and has reviewed for Computers and Education. He is the former chair of the Instructional Technology Special Interest Group (SIG-IT) of the American Educational Research Association, as well as the recipient of their 2010 Leadership Award. Before his formal study of educational technology, he was a student and teacher of modern languages in the United States and Europe.

Calandra still enjoys the diversity, and the cultural and intellectual stimulation associated with working in multicultural contexts. He was also recently added to the Fulbright Specialist Roster.


Renken, M., Cohen, C., Fuqua, A., Ayer, T. & Calandra, B. (2017). Who Stays and Who Goes? Connecting Prior Experiences, Interests, and Abilities to Retention in an After-school Computer-Based Program. In B.K., Smith, M. Borge, E. Mercier, & K.Y. Kim (Eds.), Making a Difference: Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL. 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Conference Proceedings Volume 1. (pp. 359-366). Philadelphia, PA: ISLS.

Calandra, B. & Margulieux, L. (2017). Computer Skills for the Information Age: An Early College Student’s Primer 3rd Ed. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Cohen, J., Jones, M., Smith, S. & Calandra, B. (2017) Makification: Towards a framework for leveraging the maker movement in formal education. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia. 26(3), 217-229.

Cohen, J., Renken, M. & Calandra, B. (2017). 21st century skills and the ICT workplace: Do urban middle school students feel prepared? Tech Trends. DOI 10.1007/s11528-017-0170-8.

Criswell, B., Calandra, B., Puvirajah, A., & Brantley-Dias, L. (2015). A new lens for supporting and studying science teacher reflections: situating the self in the [activity] system. Cultural Studies of Science Education. 10 (4), 891-919.

Puvirajah, A. & Calandra, B. (2015). Embodied Experiences in Virtual Worlds Role-Play as a Conduit for Novice Teacher Identity Exploration: A Case Study. Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research. 15, 23-47.

Calandra, B. & Rich P.J. (Eds.). (2014) Digital Video for Teacher Education: Research and Practice. NY: Routledge.

Calandra, B., Sun, Y., & Puvirajah, A. (2014). A New Perspective on Teachers’ Video-Aided Reflection. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education. 30 (3), 104–109.

Calandra, B & Puvirajah, A. (2014). Teacher practice in multi user virtual environments: A fourth space. Tech Trends. 58(6), 29-35.

Dooley, C., Calandra, B., & Harmon, S.W. (2014). Pre-Service Teachers’ Experience Practicing Reading Response in a Multi User Virtual Environment. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education. 30 (4)121-130.