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Cassandra Scharber

Associate Professor
LT Media Lab
210 Learning and Environmental Sciences Building
1954 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108

Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Learning Technologies
Literacy Education

Office hours:
by appointment

Areas of Interest

Literacy, power, and technology and the possibilities technology offers in aiding the transformation of teaching and learning.

Research Interests

As a former middle and high school teacher, my professional life is centered on education and the possibilities it holds for a brighter future. My research and teaching explore literacy within educational contexts and the opportunities technology offers in aiding the transformation of teaching and learning.

I am deeply troubled by the 1) narrow conceptions of literacy that proliferate in schools and community learning settings and 2) educational inequalities that are indicative of differences in youth's race, income, gender, and culture. My research interests speak to these concerns and span both fields of learning technologies and literacy: technology integration in K12 classrooms; digital literacies; issues of digital equity; and the potential role of technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPCK) in preservice and inservice teacher preparation.

In the Handbook of Learning Sciences, Palinscar and Ladewinski (2006) argue that the fields of learning sciences and literacy are ripe for “border-crossing.” By nature, both fields are border-crossing topics as technology and literacy are integrated into all facets of life and across content areas in schools. I strive to be a border-crosser whose work helps forge a stronger, reciprocal relationship between these two fields.

Currently, I am one of three Co-Directors of the new Learning Technologies Media Lab (LTML) at the University of Minnesota. I just finished my tenure as co-editor of the Digital Literacies column for the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2008-2012). I am also active in professional and community organizations, including past officer leadership within the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE). In tandem with my colleague Cynthia Lewis, we provide local service and leadership in the area of urban youth learning using digital media within school, community and library settings.


CEHD Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle Rising Star Faculty Award

Recognition of a pre-tenure female faculty member in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota who has demonstrated leadership and creativity in an academic area as shown by research, teaching, and service.

Classes taught

  • CI 5323—Online Learning Communities
  • CI 5330—1-to-1 Initiatives in K12 Educational Contexts
  • CI 5351—Technology Tools for Educators
  • CI 5361—Teaching and Learning with the Internet
  • CI 5410—Teaching Writing Through Digital Storytelling
  • CI 5475—Teaching Digital Writing
  • CI 8350—Readings and Research in Learning Technologies
  • CI 8391—Learning Technologies Seminar
  • EDHD 5007—Technology for Teaching and Learning

Selected Publications

  1.          Ouyang, F. , & Scharber, C. (2017, October). The influences of an experienced instructor’s
                        discussion design and facilitation on an online learning community development: A social
                        network analysis study. The Internet and Higher Education, 35(34-47).
  2.          Peterson, L., & Scharber, C. (2017). Lessons from a one-to- one laptop pilot. Computers in the
                      Schools, 34(1-2), 60-72.
  3.          Scharber, C., Pazurek, A., & Ouyang, F. (2017). Illuminating the (in)visibility of female scholars
                      in educational technology publishing from 2004-2015. Gender and Education. doi:
  4.          Scharber, C., & Lewis, C. (2017). Engagement in tech-mediated learning. In K. Peppler (Ed.),
                       Encyclopedia of out-of- school learning (pp. 252-254). Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications. doi:
  5.          Scharber, C., Isaacson, K., Pyscher, T., & Lewis, C. (2016). Participatory culture meets critical
                       practice: Documentary film production in a youth internship program. Special issue on youth
                       literacies and social justice. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 15(3), 355-374.
  6.          Scharber, C. (2014). “Apping” its way into the future? K12 English education. In C. Miller & A.
                       Doering (Eds.), The new landscape of mobile learning: Re-designing education in an app-based
                       world (pp. 66-79). New York: Routledge.
  7.          Thomas, R., Whybrow, K., & Scharber, C. (2012). A conceptual exploration of
                       participation (Sections I, II, and III). Educational Philosophy and Theory.
  8.          Doering, A., Scharber, C., Miller, C., & Veletsianos, G. (2009). GeoThentic: Designing
                       and assessing with Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge. Contemporary Issues
                       in Technology and Teacher Education [Online serial], 9(3).
  9.          Scharber, C., Melrose, A., & Wurl, J. (2009). Online bookclubs for teens. Library Review
                      [special issue], 58(3), 176-195.
  10.          Scharber, C. (2009). Online book clubs: Bridges between old and new literacies
                      practices. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 52(5), 433-437.
  11.          Veletsianos, G., Scharber, C., & Doering, A. (2008). When sex, drugs, and violence enter
                      the classroom: Conversations between adolescent social studies students and a female
                      pedagogical agent. Interacting with Computers, 20(3), 292-301.