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Jason Nolan

Associate Professor and Director: Responsive Ecologies Lab
OfficeBTS 103-N, Bell Trinity Square
Areas of ExpertiseSound and learning; Learning with materials.

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, external link" focusing on my project Adaptive Design International that I'm starting up in Bolivia.

  • CLD315: Creative Arts II
  • CS8932: Children and Play

Research interests:

  • Sound and learning
  • Learning with materials

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Books (Selected):

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

Chapters (Selected):

  • Thumlert, K. & Nolan, J. (2020). Angry Noise: Recomposing Music Pedagogies in Indisciplinary Modes. In the Handbook of Theory and Research in Cultural Studies and Education, P. Trifonas (Ed.). Berlin: Springer.
  • Cole, J., and Nolan J. (2019). GimpGirl: Insider perspectives on technology and the lives of disabled women. In B. Haller, G. Goggin and K. Ellis (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Disability and Media. New York: Routledge.
  • Mann, S., Nolan, J. & Wellman, B. (2018). Sousveillance: Inventing and Using Wearable Computing Devices for Data Collection in Surveillance Environments. In Surveillance Studies: A Reader, T. Monahan & D. Murakami Wood (Eds.). Oxford University Press.
  • McBride, M., & Nolan, J. (2018). Situating olfactory literacies: An intersensory pedagogy by design. In V. Henshaw, K. MacLean, D. Medway, C. Perkins and G. Warnaby (Eds.), Designing with smell: practices, techniques and challenges. New York: Routledge.
  • Nolan, J. and McBride, M. (2015). Embodied Semiosis: Autistic 'Stimming' as Sensory Praxis. In P. Trifonas, (Ed.), The International Handbook of Semiotics. Berlin: Springer.

Articles (Selected):

  • Nolan, J., Chan, H., & Thumlert, K. (Submitted). Together apart: Sound communities in the virtual age of COVID-19. Journal of Music, Health, and Wellbeing.
  • Nolan, J. (2020). (Self)Interview with an Autistic: Intrinsic interest and learning with and about music and the missing modality of sound. Canadian Music Educators.
  • Thumlert, K., Nolan, J., and Harley, D. (2020). Sound beginnings: Learning, communicating and making sense with sound. Music Educators Journal.
  • Bellucci, A., Nolan, J., and DiSanto, A. (2018). Research in the Wild(s): Opportunities, Affordances and Constraints doing Assistive Technology Field Research in Underserved Areas. Disability Studies Quarterly 38(4).
  • Nolan, J., & McBride, M. (2014). Beyond Gamification: Reconceptualizing Game-based Learning in Early Childhood Environments. Information, Communication & Society.