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Professor Jason Nolan

Dr. Jason Nolan


Associate Professor; Director, Response Ecologies Lab + Experiential Design and Gaming Environments Lab


B.A. (York), B.Ed. (Toronto), M.A. (York), Ph.D. (Toronto)


BTS 103-N

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Jason Nolan, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University. Jason is director of the Response Ecologies Lab and Experiential Design and Gaming Environments Lab. Jason is autistic.

Jason is founding co-editor of the journal Learning Inquiry, and is co-editor of the International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments.

Areas of inquiry include: STEM in the early years, multisensory environments, neurodiverisity and autism, social technologies for your children, identity construction online, children's information privacy online in social networks.

Present Research: social technologies for young children; children, technology and play; semiotics of autism.

Books edited

Weiss, J., Nolan, J., Hunsinger, J. and McBride, M. (Eds) (In Development) The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments.  Second Edition.  Berlin: Springer Academic Publishers

Weiss, J., Nolan, J., Hunsinger, J., and Trifonas, P. (Eds.). (2006). The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments. Berlin: Springer Academic Publishers.

Chapters in Books (selections)

Binder, M., Sorin, R., Nolan J., & Chu, S. (2015). Multimodal Meaning—Making for Young Children: Partnerships through blogging. Understanding Digital Technologies and Young Children, Susanne Garvis and Narelle Lemon (Eds.). New York: Routledge.

Nolan, J. and McBride, M. (2015). Embodied Semiosis: Autistic 'Stimming' as Sensory Praxis. In Peter Trifonas, (Ed.), The International Handbook of Semiotics. Berlin: Springer, pp. 1069-1078.

Bal, A., Nolan, J. and Seko, Y. (2014). Melange of Making: Bringing Children’s Informal Learning Cultures To The Classroom. DIY Citizenship: Critical Making and Social Media. Megan Boler and Matt Ratto eds. MIT Press.

Nolan, J. (2010). Learning with Anne: Early Childhood Education Looks at New Media for Young Girls. In Gammel, I. and Lefebvre, B. (Eds.) Anne of Green Gables: New Directions at 100. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Nolan, J. and Bakan, D. (2010). Social technologies for young children: Cultural Play with In Poissant, L, and Tremblay, P. (Eds.)Toronto/Montréal/Lille: Together Elsewhere. Montreal: Presse de l’Université du Québec.

Nolan, J. (2005). The Technology of Difference: ASCII, Hegemony and the Internet. In Trifonas, P. (Ed.), Communities of Difference: Culture, Language, Technology. New York: Palgrave.

Nolan, J. (2003). Blogs. In Christensen K., and Levinson, D., (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Community: From the Village to the Virtual World.Thousand Oaks: Sage. Pp. 96-97.

Nolan, J., & Weiss, J. (2002). Learning Cyberspace: An Educational View of Virtual Community. In Renninger, A., and Shumar, W. (Eds.), Building Virtual Communities: Learning and Change in Cyberspace. Cambridge UP.

Articles in Journals (selections)

Nolan, J., & McBride, M. (2014). Beyond Gamification: Reconceptualizing Game-based Learning in Early Childhood Environments. Information, Communication & Society.

Nolan, J., Mann, S., and Bakan, D. (2012). First Splashes in the Frolic Lab: Exploring Play-based Learning, Water and Sound with Nessie the Hydraulophone. Children, Youth and Environments 22(2), 263-272.

Nolan, J., Raynes-Goldie, K., and McBride, M. (2011). The Stranger Danger: Exploring Surveillance, Autonomy, and Privacy in Children’s Use of Social Media. Canadian Children Journal, 36(2), 24-32.

Cole, J., J. Nolan, Y. Seko, K. Mancuso, & A. Ospina. (2011). GimpGirl Grows Up: Women With Disabilities Rethinking, Redefining, and Reclaiming Community. New Media and Society. 13(7), 1161-1179.

Nolan, J. & Levesque, M. (2005). Hacking human: data-archaeology and surveillance in social networks. ACM SIGGROUP Bulletin Special Issue: Less of You, More of Us: The Political Economy of Power in Virtual Communities. 25(2), 33-37.

Mann, S., Nolan, J., & Wellman, B. (2003). Sousveillance: Inventing and Using Wearable Computing Devices for Data Collection in Surveillance Environments Surveillance & Society. 1(3).

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