Paul Resta


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Director, Learning Technology Center; Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction; Ruth Knight Millikan Centennial Professor
About Me (Bio): 
Dr. Paul E. Resta holds the Ruth Knight Milliken Centennial Professorship in Instructional Technology and serves as Director of the Learning Technology Center at the University of Texas at Austin. His current work focuses on the research and development of web-based learning environments, computer-supported collaborative learning strategies and tools, and online teacher professional development. He served as President of the International Council of Computers in Education and is the Founding President of the International Society for Technology in Education. He currently serves as President of the International Jury for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education. He also serves as Chair of the Association for Teacher Educators National Commission on Technology and the Future of Teacher Education. Resta has received a number of awards including The Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education (SITE) Lifetime Achievement Award; the U.S. Distance Learning Association Award for Outstanding Achievements in Higher Education; Electronic Learning Magazine’s Educator of the Year Award; and The U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute of Education Award for Outstanding Leadership in Furthering Educational Research. He serves on national and international advisory boards, including: Chair of the National Laboratory for Education Transformation, International Laboratory of Advanced Education Technologies, and the Conference Chair of the 2012 Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education’s International Conference. He has produced numerous articles, book chapters, and books on educational technology. Recent books include: Toward Digital Equity: Bridging the Divide in Education, Allyn and Bacon; Information and Communication Technology in Teacher Education: A Planning Guide, UNESCO (book translated into seven languages); Teacher Development in an E-Learning Age, UNESCO, in press.
University of Texas, Austin

This project will test the efficacy of using agent-based simulation and visualization models to identify the factors that predict mathematics achievement for students from the 8th grade to the 12th grade and beyond. The team is using data that includes 14 years of data on student grade reports, coursework, demographics, teacher variables such as years of service, professional development courses taken, years of service, and other artifacts.