Dr. Elena Novak
Elena Novak is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology at Kent State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies from Florida State University in 2012. Her research examines the intersections of design, technology, and learning. Elena’s current projects focus on the integration of learning technologies such as 3D printing, social robotics, video games, and simulations in teacher education to provide educators with research-informed guidelines on how to integrate technology in various educational settings. In addition, she is interested in how video games and game-like learning environments foster cognitive and motivational processes that enhance learning. Her recent collaboration with the Department of Computer Science has led to the development of the Computer Science endorsement and a $2,000,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education to support computer science education at Kent State University. Elena's research has been recognized with several international awards sponsored by the American Educational Research Association as well as the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Elena is a consulting editor of Educational Technology Research & Development. Her work has been published in leading peer-reviewed international journals, such as Computers & Education, Computers in Human Behavior, The Internet & Higher Education, Educational Technology Research & Development, and British Journal of Educational Technology.
- Kent State University – Academic Year Research and Creative Activity Appointment (2021-2022 &2019-2020)
- Grant Reviewer, National Science Foundation
- Featured Researcher (Spring 2020), College of Education, Health and Human Services, Kent State University
- AERA Design & Technology Outstanding Research paper award, American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA (2020)
- Kent State University – Teaching Scholar (2018-2019)
- Outstanding Reviewer, Computers & Education, (2017)
- Immersive Learning Award, AECT’s Division of Emerging Learning Technologies, (2016): 3D Printing Technology Science Project in a Kent State University Preservice Teacher Science Methods Course
- Featured research at the 2016 AECT International Convention, Las Vegas, NV
- 2nd place in Education category (with graduate students), 2015. Florida Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
- Western Kentucky University Award for continued support of the Kelly Autism Program (2013), Bowling Green, KY
- Nova Southeastern Award for Outstanding Practice by a Graduate Student in Instructional Design (2010), AECT's Design and Development Division, Anaheim, CA