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Brendan Calandra

Department Chair    Associate Professor    

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 the chair of the Learning Technologies Division for the College of Education & Human Development. His research and teaching focus on the use of digital media for learning and professional development. Some of his projects include: Video based reflection for teacher education, project-based STEM learning for after-school and summer programs, teaching and learning in virtual worlds, improving asynchronous online learning, and technology-enhanced safety awareness training. His work in after school and summer programs for middle school aged children is currently funded by the National Science Foundation.

Calandra has been 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. Calandra has guest-edited two special issues of Educational Technology; he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Research on Technology in Education; he serves on the board of consulting editors for Educational Technology Research and Development; he serves on the board of reviewers for the Journal of Teacher Education; and he reviews for Computers and Education. Calandra is lead editor of the book Digital Video for Teacher Education out now with Routledge Press.

Calandra 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.


Recent Publications

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

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

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

Dooley, C., Calandra, B., and 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.

Criswell, B., Calandra, B., and Puvirajah, A. (in press). “A New Lens for Examining Teacher Reflection.” Cultural Studies of Science Education (CSSE).