UB Graduate School of Education

About Us

The New Literacies Group (NLG) is an interdisciplinary scholarly community across the University at Buffalo which includes undergraduate, graduate, and teacher education in the Departments of Learning and Instruction, Library and Information Studies, and the English Department.

The faculty comprising the New Literacies Group create cutting-edge, high-quality research and development in New Literacies and amplify this work through scholarly exchange, collaboration, and integration. Faculty teaching and scholarship focus on the creative and social uses of new digital and information technologies in formal (e.g., public schools), as well as less formal (e.g., libraries) educative sites.

Learn about NLG Members below. See the NLG Network page to learn about Affiliated Members.

NLG Members

Dr. David Bruce, English Education
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Dr. David Bruce's research and teaching interests deal with students composing with Digital Video (DV) technology in classroom contexts, incorporating multimodal literacies into teacher education, and exploring uses of DV as a research tool. Read More…

Dr. Ashlee Ebert, Literacy Instruction
Associate Director CLaRI
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In CLaRI we provide an environment rich in teaching practice as Literacy Specialists-in-training work to teach students with significant reading/writing difficulties. Each teaching session (2 per week) is captured on video. Read More…

Dr. Erin Kearney, Foreign Language Teaching and Learning
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Erin's areas research interest include: cultural dimensions of foreign language teaching and learning, language teacher development and education, language play and learner identity. Read More…

Dr. Mary McVee, Literacy Education
Director of CLaRI
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Literacy methods courses integrate multimodal literacies and digital technology within traditional methods courses. Pre/in-service use these methods in their course work and learn about digital pedagogies as integration (not as an add on) as they think about literacy pedagogy. In addition, we also have specialized coursework focused on new literacies and digitaltechnologies and have offered these courses in online, hybrid and face-to-face settings. Read More…

Dr. Suzanne Miller, English Education
Director of City Voices, City Visions
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English Education's master's courses focus on integration of multimodal literacies through the use of digital technologies; all students are required to take a course called Digital Video as Literacy Learning Tool, which focus on theory and practice of student multimodal topics. Read More…

Dr. Deborah Moore-Russo, Mathematics Education
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My methods course for mathematics education students uses online classroom stimulation software and animated vignettes of secondary algebra classrooms. Our Teaching and Learning of Geometry also uses animated vignettes that represent secondary geometry classrooms. Wikis, blogs, and electronic discussion boards are used in many of the mathematics education. Read More…

Dr. Valerie Nesset, Library and Information Studies
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The main objective of Valerie's research is to advance understanding of information-seeking behavior to inform information literacy instruction, information organization, and information system design. To achieve this objective she uses qualitative methods to investigate how different user groups (e.g. elementary school children, senior citizens) seek, retrieve, evaluate, and use information. The ultimate goal of her teaching is to encourage critical thinking and problem solving to prepare students for lifelong learning and decision-making in the workplace. Read More…

Dr. Alex Reid, English Department
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I study digital media networks with a particular interest in their operation within humanities pedagogy and scholarship. My book, The Two Virtuals: Composition and New Media, examines the intersection of technologies of virtual reality with philosophies of the virtual and considers how bringing these two discourses together offers insight into teaching writing. Read More…

Dr. Maria Runfola, Music Education
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Dr. Runfola is the Directo of MusicPlay and UB Summer Music Education Institute. Music Education is a vibrant and fast-growing program. Read More…

Dr. Lynn Shanahan, Literacy Education
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In addition to other technology integration approaches already mentioned, Lynn Shanahan uses video reflection to prepare and assist in-service teachers to improve their teaching of reading strategies. Read More…

Dr. X. Christine Wang, Child Development, Early Education
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Building from her research on young children's technology supported collaborative learning, Dr. Wang uses a variety of technologies in her pre-service teacher courses. Read More…

Dr. Randy Yerrick, Science Education
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Randy Yerrick works as a professor of science education and has been designated as Apple Distinguished Educator. The ADE program recognizes educators who most innovatively integrate technology into the curriculum. Randy teaches numerous course for teachers using full technology integration. He also has numerous projects with schools and teachers around the country focused on science and technology. Read More…

Learn about Affiliated Members on the NLG Network page >