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Donna Russell

Contributing Faculty

Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy

Degree ProgramPh.D. Education

Dr. Russell mentors doctoral students in the Learning, Instruction, and Innovation program at the College of Education. She has also taught courses on Authentic Assessment, Elearning, Creativity and Innovation, Motivation, Engagement and Learning, Assessing Learning and Trends, and Designing a Responsive Curriculum.

She was a k12 teacher for 15 years including teaching in rural, suburban and urban school districts.

She has worked teaching graduate students since 2001 and mentoring doctoral students online since 2004.

She has published 5 books including the Handbook of Research on Gaming Trends in P-12, 9 chapters in books, and 8 refereed journal articles.

Additionally, she was the Program Chair for the Problem-based Education Special Education Group at the American Educational Researchers Association. She has presented at international conferences including multiple times at AERA; the International Society for the Learning Sciences; the International Society of Cultural Activity Research conference, the E-Learn Conference, The EDUCAUSE Educational Learning Initiative Conference, the Virtual Instructors Pilot Research Group, The Digital Game and Intelligent Toy Enhanced Learning Conference, National Educational Computing Conference, International Society of Cultural Activity Research, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, International Conference on Education and Information Systems: Technologies and Applications, Information Technology for Teacher Education Conference, National Association of Multicultural Education Conference, Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, keynote speaker at the and National Society of Black Engineers.

She has implemented two successful grants including a National Science Foundation grant to develop STEM knowledge in urban high school students and a Kaufman Foundation grant that funded the implementation of a virtual world, Geoworlds, designed to teach geosciences to urban high school students.


PhD, University of Missouri-St. Louis - St. Louis, MO United States

MEd, University of Missouri Columbia - Columbia, MO United States

BA, Webster University - Webster Groves, MO United States


Russell, D. L. (2004). Paradigm shift: A case study of innovation in an educational setting International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning


Russell, D. L. (2008). GEOWORLDS: Utilizing Second Life to Develop Advanced Geoscience Concepts

Russell, D. L. (2005). How Educators Acquire Innovations: Using Activity Theory to Understand Efforts to Implement Innovative Educational Environment

Russell, D. L. (2004). Understanding Educational Reform through Systems Analysis: Utilizing multiple perspectives of systems dynamics in order to develop understandings of innovation in educational settings

Russell, D. L. (2008). Understanding the Impact of Collaborative Dialogues in Online Professional Development

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