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Multimedia and readers’ situation models from text narratives: This research investigates how interacting with multimedia affects readers’ spatial situation models. This research has two tracks: cognitive psychology experimental research, and development of a commercially viable prototype technology for 6th grade readers. Since presentation & publication are pending, significant details have been left out of this description. This research is funded by an internal University of South Florida grant.

Spatial skills for elementary education pre-service teachers: This research investigates how elementary education pre-service teachers in United States, Turkey and Taiwan learn to visualize geometric transformations from structured activities using manipulatives and interactive computer programs, and to what extent such spatial learning transfers to non-related standardized tests of spatial visualization. This research is funded by an internal University of South Florida grant.

Strategies people use to remember new virtual shapes: The research investigates working memory strategies people use to remember new shapes in the context of an interactive spatial visualization task.

Highly visual disciplines in E-learning: This research examines the hypothesis that prevalent Course Management Systems and mainstream approaches to e-learning overlook crucial differences between disciplines, such as the differences between highly visual disciples such as mathematics and other more text-based disciplines. Instructors and instructional designers in many disciplines, such as mathematics and health care, have created their own discipline-specific solutions for e-learning courses. This research was funded by an NSF grant (# 0126956) and is currently funded by an internal University of South Florida grant.