Mahnaz Moallem

Biography

Mahnaz Moallem is currently a professor of Instructional Technology and Research and Chair of the department of Educational Technology and Litracy at Towson University, Towson, MD. She was a professor and Grant Coordinator at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), College of Education where she worked since 1993. She received her Ph.D. and her Master of Science degree in instructional systems design/ instructional technology and her certification in program evaluation. As a learning science researcher she studies applications of various learning and instructional design theories and models for learning and human performance improvement. She has special interest in problem-based/project-based learning (PBL) and assessment of complex learning outcomes such as problem solving and critical thinking. She has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of instructional design/instructional technology and classroom evaluation and research. She has conducted both qualitative and quantitative research and received a national research award for the best qualitative study in the field of instructional technology. Dr. Moallem has long term experiences in using emerging technology in designing, developing, evaluating, and delivering undergraduate and graduate courses. During her career she has designed, developed and successfully implemented and evaluated several programs that have been using PBL as their pedagogical framework. In addition, within last ten years she has coordinated innovative projects funded by National Science Foundation and Department of Education on integration of PBL with computer modelling and simulation. She has worked with a number of international colleagues and serves on editorial board of a number of prestigious national and international journals. Mahnaz has been the recipient of a number of teaching and research awards and has served as a rotating scientist (IPA) for two years at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Moallem is an active member of Association for Educational Communication and Technology and American Educational Research Association. She has presented and published in the area of instructional design and instructional technology extensively.