- Social Media
- Educational Technology
- Literacy and New Literacies
- Civic Engagement
Relying on qualitative methods adapted for the digital age, my program of research explores how individuals, communities, and networks use digital media (e.g., social media) to communicate, express identities, and for teaching and learning.
My current research is currently focused on:
Understanding the practices and possibilities afforded by social media for teaching and learning
Investigating how digital media (including social media) may support civic engagement opportunities for young people
Exploring how changes in emerging technologies (i.e., robot-mediated communication; video-sharing platforms such as Periscope, Facebook Live, and others) influence the social context of teaching and learning
Intersections between public health & education; supporting state systems around behavioral health with my consulting business
I seek to understand how digital media can offer new opportunities for teaching and learning, such as the development of traditional and new literacies practices, new forms of identity expression, and the possibility of a "humanizing pedagogy." The implications of this work have the potential to transform digital learning: how we think about how we read and write online, how we develop identities online, and what kind of knowledge counts in (and out) of the classroom.
Featured publications: Gleason (2015). New literacies practices of teenage Twitter users. Learning, Media and Technology. Gleason (forthcoming, 2016). Teens' participatory play: Digital media learning through civic engagement. in Education and social media: Toward a digital future
Ph.D., Educational Psychology and Educational Technology, Michigan State University, 2016