Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Dennis Beck enjoys teaching courses in issues and trends in educational technology, instructional design, integrating technology into the curriculum, and educational technology research. He also has a wealth of experience in the design of online and blended courses in educational and corporate training environments.
His research focuses on the impact of online and immersive technologies on vulnerable populations. In this vein, he has studied the influence of student and teacher avatar gender and race on expectations, perceptions and evaluations. He has also examined the influence of immersive learning environments on older adults psychosocial factors. Additionally, in order to better understand the impacts of immersive environments in cyber schooling on vulnerable populations, he has studied an immersive art curation environment in partnership with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. He has published in several venues, including Computers & Education, American Journal of Distance Education, Educational Administration Quarterly, and the Journal of Educational Research.