Benjamin E. Erlandson

Ben Erlandson

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Ben Erlandson
Ben Erlandson

With over ten years of professional experience with design, development, and research in educational multimedia and virtual environments, Dr. Erlandson is passionate about building efficient and effective technological systems for learning in and about complex systems: promoting systems thinking to help us design solutions for the complex problems we face, with the goal of practicing systems wisdom manifesting as better decision making.  He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from Arizona State University, an M.A. in New Media Production from Emerson College, and a B.A. in Multimedia Arts and Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Dr. Erlandson’s primary design, development, and research interests center around the usefulness of 2D and 3D virtual environments for learning about complex systems, as well as how these platforms can best be developed from a cognitive perspective for unobtrusive measurement and assessment of learning performances, including: technology based learning systems design, interactive data visualization, scaffolding understanding of complex systems in mediated/virtual environments and simulations, cognitive and motivational factors influencing systems thinking and complex problem solving, evidence-­centered assessment design, automated unobtrusive measurement and assessment with intelligent software systems. He has designed and developed instruction, learning, and assessment environments and materials for a wide variety of settings, including: urban hospitals, libraries, and museums as well as K-­12 and university classrooms.

Dr. Erlandson has published his work in peer­-reviewed journals, including Educational Technology Research & Development and the British Journal of Educational Technology, as well as several book chapters. Recently, he co­authored the book “Design for Learning in Virtual Worlds” with Dr. Brian Nelson of Arizona State University.  He is currently an Associate Editor for the Technology, Knowledge, and Learning journal.