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Alex Jean-Charles, Ph.D.


Alex Jean-Charles is an assistant professor in the department of Reading, Foundations, and Technology (College of Education) at Missouri State University.

He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Technology and Technology Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010. As a graduate student and technology coordinator at the University of Illinois, he was a Network and System operator for Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services (CITES) where he provided training and consultation with faculty in addition to maintaining, installing, and monitoring classroom networks and servers. He earned his masters degree in Instructional Technology and Technology Education at Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech). In Virginia, he also provided services as a  technology support specialist in the department of Learning Sciences and Technologies where he acted as a technical advisor to faculty and staff. In the New York City public schools, he was a STEM teacher in the Math, Science, and Technology department where he instructed students in Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science.

In addition to teaching and research, he has reviewed conference manuscripts for both American Educational Research Association (AERA) and Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE). He is the Editing Manager for the International Journal of Progressive Education.

His research interests include the use of technology in education. More specifically, how technology and/or Project-Based Learning (PjBL) influences identity formation in both formal and informal educational settings. He is also interested in exploring the design of immersive digital environments for teaching, learning, and assessment. His most recent research interest is on the paradoxical nature of traditional convergence systems (teaching methods in formal setting) in non-formal settings such as distance education and eLearning.

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