University of California, Santa Barbara
Doctor of Philosophy, Education, March 2009
Specialization: Teaching & Learning
Emphases: Cognitive Science, Technology & Society
Dissertation: Online Literacy & the Trouble with Information
Committee: Richard Mayer (Chair), Miriam Metzger, Jane Close Conoley, Kevin Almeroth
This study challenges the myth of information on the Internet: while information may appear excessively easy to find because of quick search results and increased accessibility to materials, locating relevant, high-quality information requires highly sophisticated literacy skills. My empirical study of 150 UCSB graduates and undergraduates examines how college students gauge credibility and usefulness when evaluating online resources and further, how they use this information when composing academic texts.
Master of Arts, Education, June 2006
Master’s Thesis: Engaged by Design: Using Simulations to Promote Active Learning
This study applies Gee’s learning theories by creating an interactive simulation exercise for an engineering writing course and then comparing student engagement levels between the simulation class and a traditionally taught class. I measured student engagement with on-task and off-task computer actions (e.g., websites visited) and found that the simulation exercise resulted in significantly higher engagement levels.
Bachelor of Arts, English, 1995
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
Digital Literacy, Learning and Cognition, Research Methods in Education
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
Evidence on the extent of harms experienced by children as a result of online risks: A critical synthesis of research (2011)
John Fell Oxford University Press Research Fund
Study of the links between perceived risks and actual harms related to children’s online activities. Extensive critical synthesis of evidence to date using findings from academic and professional studies.
Networks for Web Science Research Exchange (2008)
Oxford Internet Institute
Extension of two-week institute in which a select number of students reside at participating institutions and collaborate with Web Science faculty. My award funds completion of my dissertation while studying with Oxford Internet Institute faculty.
Digital Humanities Summer Institute Scholarship (2008)
Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Image, Text, Sound, & Technology Program
One-week institute hosted by University of Victoria that explores applications of technical innovations, such as text encoding and data visualization, on arts and humanities research and practice.
National Science Foundation Fellowship (2006-2008)
IGERT Program in Interactive Digital Multimedia
Research apprenticeship in which a small number of students are mentored by an interdisciplinary team of faculty and visiting scholars. Our team designed a large scale interactive news visualization and studied learning outcomes compared to reading the newspaper or using Google news.
Outstanding Paper Award, Engaged by Design: Using Simulations to Promote Active Learning (2006)
Conference on Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia
Recognizes significant research contributions in the area of educational multimedia and hypermedia.
Teacher Consultant and Composition Fellow (2002)
South Coast Writing Project, University of California, Santa Barbara
Participants nominated by colleagues and selected based on innovative teaching practices in the areas of literature and composition.
Slavtcheva-Petkova, V., Nash, V. & Bulger, M.E. (forthcoming). Evidence on the extent of harms experienced by children as a result of online risks: Implications for policy and research. Information, Communication & Society.
Bulger, M.E., Mayer, R.E. & Metzger, M. (forthcoming). Knowledge and processes that predict proficiency in digital literacy. Reading and Writing.
Bulger, M.E. & Livingstone, S. (2014). A global perspective on children’s rights as media change, Media Development, 61, 9-12.
Bulger, M.E. (2013). Measuring media literacy in a national context: Challenges of definition, method, and implementation. Media Studies, 3 (6), 83-104.
Collins, E., Bulger, M.E., Meyer, E.T. (2012). Discipline matters: Technology use in the humanities. Arts & Humanities in Higher Education, 11, 76-92.
Mayer, R.E., Stull, A., DeLeeuw, K., Almeroth, K., Bimber, B., Chun, D., Bulger, M.E., Campbell, J., Knight, A., & Zhang, H. (2009). Clickers in college classrooms: Fostering learning with questioning methods in large lecture classes. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 34, 51-57.
Bulger, M.E., Mayer, R.E., Almeroth, K.C., & Blau, S.D. (2008). Measuring learner engagement in computer-equipped college classrooms. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 17 (2), 129-143.
Engaging complexity: Challenges and opportunities of Big Data, (forthcoming) with Ralph Schroeder and Greg Taylor. London: Research Councils UK (RCUK), New Economic Models in the Digital Economy (NEMODE).
Livingstone, S. & Bulger, M. (2013). A global agenda for children’s rights in the digital age. Florence: UNICEF.
Bulger, M.E. & Livingstone, S. (2013). Media literacy research and policy in Europe. Brussels: European Commission, COST.
Eynon, R.E., Bulger, M.E. & Dutton, W. (2012). D5.2 Outreach and public engagement: A pilot study. Deliverable for the ULab Project: Modelling the Technical Research University of Tomorrow, European Commission 7th Framework Programme for Technology and Development.
Meyer, E.T., Bulger, M.E., Kyriakidou-Zacharoudiou, A., Power, L., Williams, P., Ventners, W., Terras, M., Wyatt, S. (2012). Collaborative, Yet Independent: Information Practices in the Physical Sciences. London: Research Information Network.
Bulger, M., Dutton, W. and Eynon, R. (2011) D5.1 Best Practices on Outreach. Deliverable for the ULab Project: Modelling the Technical Research University of Tomorrow.
Bulger, M.E., Meyer, E.T., de la Flor, G., Terras, M., Wyatt, S., Jirotka, M., Eccles, K., Madsen, C. (2011) Reinventing Research? Information Practices in the Humanities. London: Research Information Network.
Danish Technological Institute (2011). Testing and refining criteria to assess media literacy levels in Europe. Deliverable for a European Commission-funded project: Testing and refining criteria to assess media literacy levels in all EU Member States.
Book chapters and conference proceedings
Bulger, M.E., Murphy, J.C., Schieble, J., & Lagresa, E. (2012). Interdisciplinary knowledge work: Digital textual analysis tools and their collaborative affordances. In L. McGrath (Ed.) Collaborative Approaches to the Digital in English Studies. Logan, Utah: Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State University Press.
Bulger, M.E. (March 2009). Research methods for Web Science: The study of moving targets, Web Science Curriculum Workshop, WebSci ’09, Athens, Greece.
Bulger, M.E., Mayer, R.E., & Almeroth, K.C. (2006). Engaged by design: Using simulations to promote active learning. In E. Pearson & P. Bohman (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2006 (pp. 1770-1777). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
Zhang, H., Almeroth, K.C. & Bulger, M.E. (2005). An activity monitoring system to support classroom research. Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2005 (pp. 1444-1449). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
Bulger, M.E. (2009). Online Literacy and the Trouble with Information (Doctoral dissertation). Available from Dissertations and Theses database. (UMI No. 3350331).
Bulger, M.E. (2006). Beyond search: A preliminary skill set for online literacy. Published online by the Transliteracies Project, University of California, Santa Barbara, http://transliteracies.english.ucsb.edu.
Bulger, M.E. (ed.) (2003). The hands-on handbook: A guide to teaching in the UCSB Writing Program. Writing Program, University of California, Santa Barbara (Available online at: http://www.writing.ucsb.edu/information/pdfs/wp_final.pdf)
Online child protection
Slavtcheva-Petkova, V., Nash, V., and Bulger M.E. (2013). Evidence on the extent of harms experienced by children as a result of online risks: A critical synthesis of research. International Communication Association Annual Meeting. London.
Livingstone, S. and Bulger, M.E. (February 2013). International consultation on ICTs and children. UNICEF Office of Research, Innocenti. Florence, Italy.
Slavtcheva-Petkova, V., Nash, V., and Bulger M.E. (2013). Does the Internet harm children’s health? A critical review of the evidence. Annual Conference of the Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA). Londonderry, Ireland.
Information use and Digital Humanities
Bulger, M.E. and Siemens, R (co-convenors) with Kelley, J., Siemens, L., Solomon, D., & Thomas, L. (January 2013). Adapting Social Science Methods to Humanities Research. Modern Language Association Annual Meeting. Boston, MA.
Antonijevic, S., Bulger, M.E., Meyer, E.T., Wyatt, S. (September 2012). Digital Humanities in Practice: Practices, Challenges, & Directions in Digital Humanities Scholarship. Digital Humanities Congress 2012. University of Sheffield, UK.
Meyer, E.T. & Bulger, M.E. (December 2011). Collaborative, yet Independent: Physical Sciences Information Practices. Institute of Physics, Bristol, UK.
Bulger, M.E. & Meyer, E.T. (September 2011). Technology and Research Across the Disciplines. iCS-OII 2011. Panelist. Oxford Internet Institute, UK.
Antonijevic, S. & Bulger, M.E. (May 2011). Voices from the Field. Click-on-Knowledge 2011: Web-based Knowledge & Contemporary Scholarship. University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Meyer, E.T. & Bulger, M.E. (April 2011). Reinventing Research? Information Practices in the Humanities. Research Information Network, Foundling Museum, London.
Warwick, C., Terras, M., & Bulger, M.E. (June 2010). Researchers’ Use of Information Resources in the Humanities. Expert Seminar on Digital Collections: Value, Use, and Impact, King’s College, London.
Bulger, M.E. (March 2009). Research methods for Web Science: The study of moving targets, Web Science Curriculum Workshop, WebSci ’09, Athens, Greece.
Bulger, M.E. (May 2010). The New Age of Digital Reading for News. Oxford Tablet Summit, Oxford.
Bulger, M.E., Murphy, J.C., & Lagresa, E. (March 2009). Digital textual analysis: Potential for research and practice, Conference on College Composition and Communication, San Francisco, California.
Ventura, J., Forbes, A., Adams, B., Joshi, S., Grossner, K., Bulger, M., Hollerer, T., & Manjunath, B.S. (2009). IssueBrowser: Knowledge Acquisition via Multimedia Data, The Future of Interactive Media: Workshop on Media Arts, Science, and Technology (MAST), Santa Barbara, California.
Literacy and the Internet
Bulger, M.E. (November 2011). Literacy and the Internet. Society and the Internet Lecture Series. Oxford Internet Institute, UK.
Bulger, M.E. (June 2011). Ofcom Research Seminar on UK Adults’ and Children’s Media Usage and Attitudes. Academic panelist. Ofcom, London.
Bulger, M.E. (April 2011). Media Literacy: Policy, Practice, and Prospects. Panelist. Expert Meeting on Media Literacy. London School of Economics Media Policy Project, London.
Bulger, M.E. & Pedersen, K. (March 2011). Media literacy indicators in Europe. Cultures, Media, and Informatics: Looking Ahead. Seminar Limin-R, ENS-Cachan, Paris.
Bulger, M.E., Mayer, R.E., & Metzger, M.J. (October 2010). Digital Literacy Practices in the University: Examining the Role of Cognitive Processes and Expertise in Student Information Use. 11th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Bulger, M.E. & Bradley, N.D. (July 2007). Technology in action: Using simulation exercises in university writing instruction, Conference on College Composition and Communication, New York.
Finding the story in your presentation, Make: Series for faculty and staff, Learning Technologies Group, Oxford University Computing Services, University of Oxford.
Presentation Literacy: Skills for Effective Communication, Summer Doctoral Programme at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, July 2011.
Creating and Delivering Compelling Academic Presentations, DPhil Seminar, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, November 2010.
Mindful Presenting: Audience Awareness, two-day public speaking workshop at the Bren School of Environmental Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, January 2011.
Research experience for undergraduates communications workshop, Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) Program of the National Science Foundation (2009), 7th Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Research experience for undergraduates communications workshop, Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) Program of the National Science Foundation (2007), 5th Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City.
Where do I start? Reporting research across the disciplines, Research Mentorship Program (2007), University of California, Santa Barbara.
Research experience for undergraduates communications workshop, Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) Program of the National Science Foundation (2006), 4th Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.
Research experience for undergraduates communications workshop, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) (2006), University of California, San Diego.
Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University (2014-2015)
Research Consultant, UNICEF, A global agenda for children’s rights in the digital age, with Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics and Political Science London School of Economics
Research Associate, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford (November 2012-present)
Current and ongoing research: Pairing innovation with evaluation to improve learning gains in higher education, with Cristobal Cobo and Jonathan Bright; Data-driven economic models: Challenges and opportunities of Big Data with Ralph Schroeder and Gregory Taylor; Child protection with Victoria Nash
Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford (January 2011-November 2012)
Completed research: Interactive visualizations for teaching, research, and dissemination with Scott Hale; Evidence on the extent of harms experienced by children as a result of online risks with Victoria Nash; ULab: European laboratory for modeling the technical research university of tomorrow (focus on educational outreach) with Rebecca Eynon and William Dutton; Media literacy: Testing and refining criteria to assess media literacy levels in all EU member states with William Dutton; Knowledge exchange networks: A case study in the efficacy of interactive visualization with Bernie Hogan and Joshua Melville; Studies of scholarly information use (physicists) with Eric Meyer
Research Consultant, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, Humanities information practices with Eric Meyer (2010-2011)
Lecturer, Donald Bren Graduate School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara (2009-2010)
Courses taught: Advanced Environmental Communication, Workplace Writing, Introduction to Environmental Communication
Director, Graduate Communications Center, Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management University of California, Santa Barbara (2005-2010)
Develop and implement graduate communications workshops, develop curricula for graduate writing courses, and provide writing consultation for graduate students and researcher professionals.
Lecturer, Writing Program University of California, Santa Barbara (1999-2002)
Upper- and lower-division writing courses:
- Writing 1: Introduction to Academic Writing
- Writing 2: Academic Writing
- Writing 2LK: Scientific Research and Writing Mentorship
- Writing 50: Intermediate Research Writing
- Writing 1E: Introduction to Engineering Writing
- Writing 2E: Engineering Communication
- Writing 50E: Advanced Writing for Engineers
- Writing 109ST: Scientific and Technical Writing
- Environmental Studies 193: Writing for Environmental Science
Teaching Assistant, Environmental Science and Management 437: Graduate Environmental Writing, Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara (2005-2006)
Teaching Associate, Writing 1E–50E: Writing for Engineers, Writing Program, University of California, Santa Barbara (2002–2003)
Teaching Assistant, Writing 2: Academic Writing Across the Disciplines, Writing Program, University of California, Santa Barbara (1998–1999)
Research Consultant, Oxford Internet Institute (2010)
Examined information use practices of humanities scholars, focusing on the ways they synthesize information, and how these skills affect their information collection, evaluation, and organizational practices.
Research Consultant, Duarte Design (2009)
Collected research on corporate presentations, multimedia learning, and storytelling for six-month book project.
Lead Graduate Researcher, Transliteracies Project in Social Computing
University of California Multi-Campus Research Group (2006-2008)
Interdisciplinary faculty and graduate student team that explores participative media, its users, its technologies, and its future. Developing a comprehensive annotated bibliography of the history and current state of social computing.
Design Team, Spheres of Influence News Visualization
National Science Foundation IGERT in Digital Multimedia (2006-2008)
Studying user interaction and learning outcomes with an interactive, multi-screen visualization of how news stories geographically spread.
Graduate Researcher, Pedagogic Implications of Classroom Technology
Mellon Grant (2005-2008)
Examines whether technology use in classrooms improves learning. Using a variety of educational technologies, including Course Management Systems, Personal Response Systems, and multimedia presentations, we compare learning outcomes between courses with high and low levels of technology infusion.
Facebook Outreach Coordinator, American Educational Research Association (2008-2010)
Campus Liaison, American Educational Research Association (2008-2009)
Reviewer, Association of Internet Researchers IR 9.0 & IR 11.0 (2008 and 2010)
Graduate Affiliate, Center for Information Technology and Society (2008)
Reviewer, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (2006-2010)
Dean’s Information Technology Advisory Committee, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, University of California (2006-2008)
Executive Vice-Chancellor’s Information Technology Fee Advisory Committee, Office of Institutional Advancement (2006-2007)
Classroom Technologies Consultant, South Coast Writing Project (2004-2007)
Founding member, Endowment for Virgil Cordano Chair in Catholic Studies, Department of Religious Studies (1999-2005)
Engineering Writing Committee, Writing Program (1999-2003)
Outreach Committee, Writing Program (1999-2001)
Note: Updated June 2013