I am autistic. I'm also director of both the Responsive Ecologies Lab (RE/Lab) and the Experiential Design and Gaming Environment (EDGE) lab, and associate professor in Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University. I graduated with a PhD in Critical Pedagogy from the University of Toronto in 2001, with a dissertation on virtual learning environments. My work has appeared in journals such as Information, Communication & Society, New Media & Society, Surveillance and Society, and Canadian Children. In 2006, I co-edited The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments (2006). In 2016 I was featured in the CBC TV program "Disrupting Design" focusing on my project Adaptive Design International that I'm starting up in Bolivia.
Weiss, J., Nolan, J., Hunsinger, J., and Trifonas, P. (Eds.). (2006). The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments. Berlin: Springer Academic Publishers.
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 Songchild.org 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.
Journal articles and published extended abstracts:
Chu, J.H., Harley, D., Kwan, J., McBride, M., Mazalek, A., Nolan, J. (2016). Narrative Design for Historically-Inspired Sensory interactions. DIS'16, Conference on Designing Interactive Systems. ACM. Brisbane, Australia.
Harley, D., McBride, M., Chu, J. H., Kwan, J., Nolan, J., & Mazalek, A. (2016). Sensing context: Reflexive design principles for intersensory museum interactions. MW2016: Museums and the Web 2016.
McBride, M., Harley, D., Mazalek, A., & Nolan, J. (2016). Beyond Vapourware: Considerations for Meaningful Design with Smell. CHI'16, Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM. San Jose, U.S.
Nolan, J., & McBride, M. (2014). Beyond Gamification: Reconceptualizing Game-based Learning in Early Childhood Environments. Information, Communication & Society.http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1369118X.2013.808365
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. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7721/chilyoutenvi.22.2.0263
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. http://preview.tinyurl.com/strangerdangerpaper
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. http://nms.sagepub.com/content/13/7/1161
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). http://www.surveillance-and-society.org/articles1(3)/sousveillance.pdf
Associate Professor and Director, Response Ecologies Lab + Experiential Design and Gaming Environments Lab