Ali Carr-Chellman

Ali Carr-Chellman's work in Learning, Design and Technology (LDT) is focused on systemic impacts of technology on public school change an includes a wide variety of research projects listed below including gaming, cyber charters, user-design, and gender issues.

TED invited Ali to share her most recent thoughts and progress since her TED talk here:

Announcement: Ali has been appointed Dean, College of Education at the University of Idaho in Moscow Idaho.  She will begin her work there this summer.



DSC_0041.jpg                                     Ali Carr-Chellmann holding gaming controller

NEWS:An article on Gaming 2 Learn, a new course Ali authored at Penn State is making news on eCampus News!

eCampus News

And here on "Campus Technology"

MORE NEWS:  Ali & Gordon Rowland are teaming up to create a compendium of dialogues central to the field of Learning, Design & Technology. Classic Dialogues: Exploring the Field of Educational Technology has been accepted for publication through Routledge and is in process.  Content in this new text is promising to be extremely robust.


Recent keynotes and presentations:

3/25 Cybercharters and Virtual Academies:  Professional Development Penns Valley School District

AERA (American Educational Research Association) Presentations:

  • Re-engaging Boys: How Designed Learning Spaces teach Boys 21st Century Skills.  Roundtable.  Friday April 8, 2016 with Jason Engerman, Robert Hein, Rebecca Bayek.  Washington, DC.
  • Boys & The Common Core: Video Games to improve Literacy.  Poster Session, Saturday April 9, 2016 with Jason Engerman, Stephanie Schroth, Robert Hein, Rebecca Bayek, Washington DC.

Ali Carr-Chellmann at SITE

Recent Work:

Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2016)  Emerging Marriages:  One story of Learning Sciences and Instructional Systems as a possible revisioned future.  Educational Technology Magazine, 56 (1), 32-35.

Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2015).  Positing the Future:  The Future of "Our" Field.  Tech Trends, 59(4), 4-7.
Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2015).  Will E-Learning Kill the University?  Blog enter, e-Learn Magazine, available:

Raish, V., & Carr-Chellman, A. A. (2015). Cyber charter schools: An alternative to brick-and-mortar schooling? In Clark, T. & Barbour, M. K. (Eds.), Online, Blended and Distance Education in Schools:  Building Successful Programs Stylus publications.

Jordan, R., & Carr-Chellman, A. A. (2015). User Design: A Case Study in Developing Workplace Curricula. Peer-reviewed/refereed.

Argondizza, T. G., & Carr-Chellman, A. A. (2014). Decisions, Decisions: Selecting a Course Management System in Higher Education. In Benson, A. & Whitworth, A. (Eds.), Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. Peer-reviewed/refereed.

Carr-Chellman, A.A. (2014).  Online learning and the doctorate.  Blog entry, e-Learn Magazine available:

Savoy, M. R., & Carr-Chellman, A. A. (2013). Change Agency in Learning, Instruction, & Performance. In Mike Spector (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Educational Commuications and Technology (pp. 617-626). USA: Springer. Peer-reviewed/refereed.

Jordan, R., & Carr-Chellman, A. A. (2014). DIY Design. Training and Development, January 2014.

Carr-Chellman, A.A., (2014).  We need more videogames in schools.  Huffington Post, invited.


Ali Carr-Chellman with students

Ali currently serves as the Editor in Chief of eLearn Magazine a publication of the Association of Computing Machinery.

Ali appeared on WBUR Boston NPR radio station in July...listen here:

Ali was appointed to the Advisory Board of The Boys' Initiative: May 2011.

Ali was invited to join the Commission to establish a White House Council for Boys to Men, May 2011.

Ali spoke on the Brian Lehrer Show: for WNYC, New York City's NPR station. Discussion was on the uses of educational technology in schools during times of budget crises.Smaller_size_headshot.jpg

If you're looking for information on the TED talk, and connections with others interested in the TED talk, please go to the facebook page for this topic:!/pages/Ali-Carr-Chellman-Bring-Back-the-Boys-TED/195665610450138

Ali's talk from TEDxPSU on Boy Culture in Schools was bumped up to the GLOBAL TED website Jan 2011!

  • Ali is engaged in a series of research projects including Bring Back the Boys, in which we are concerned with the ways in which video gaming may be used to re-engage boys in their elementary level education in particular. Shawn Vashaw, Mike Petner, and Jason Engerman along with several other students are currently working on three related research projects in the space of how to re-engage boys in their education, why men are not going into early childhood education, and why teachers reject gaming in the classroom.Post-It Note on Whiteboard
  • There is also an ongoing longitudinal qualitative research project which focuses on the amplification of unheard voices in the school reform dialogue--such as prisoners, homeless, working poor, and migrant workers. We are now working with the migrant population and are seeking qualified researchers with strong spoken Spanish skills to further this work
  • Ali's research team is looking at the use of OSMO (toy) to determine gendered natures of tangram learning in third graders.


  • The research team has agreed to take on a new project looking at the basic uses and perceptions of BIRD a new technology from Israeli co. MUV Interactive.  We'll be trying these devices out at CLC in the near future.
Ali is a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington with her Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology and did her original research on community participation in school change efforts. 

Ali's most recent text, ID For Teachers 2nd edition introduces the Instructional Design for Teachers or ID4T model, a trimmed back instructional design approach most appropriate for classroom teachers' use. The book will be used in INSYS 415b (available online through World Campus as a requirement for the EDTEC masters degree for teachers). The text is forthcoming from Routledge.


The 9 Step ID4T model: • Goals • Objectives • Learner characteristics • Test items • Texts • Activities • Media • Implementation • Revisions

LOCAL: Ali is conducting in-service workshop for Penns Valley March 25 on Cybercharter schooling and Virtual Academies

From Ali: "If you're frustrated by the lack of change that modern technologies have brought to classrooms in all sorts of settings, I'd love to welcome you to our research team!"

Ali is best contacted by email: