Education

Ph.D., Learning, Design, and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University

M.A.T., Secondary Education and Mathematics, The College of New Jersey,
Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing, Mathematics, New Jersey Department of Education

B.S., Computer Science, The College of New Jersey (cum laude)

Publications

(* denotes Peer-Reviewed)

  1. * Rook, M. M. (in press). Identifying the help givers in a community of learners: Using peer reporting and social network analysis as strategies for participant selection. TechTrends.
  2. Rook, M. M., & Hooper, S. (2016). Design thinking in action: Perspectives on teaching and redesigning a learning design studio. In E. Boling, R. A. Schwier, K. Campbell, K. M. Smith, & C. M. Gray (Eds.), Studio Teaching in Higher Education: Selected Design Cases (pp. 235-247). New York: Routledge.
  3. Chowdhury, F. N., & Rook, M. M. (2016). Proposal receipt, review and feedback to submitters. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation.
  4. * Hod, Y., Charles, E. S., Acosta, A., Ben-Zvi, D., Chen, M.-H., Choi, K., Dugdale, M., Kali, Y., Lenton, K., McDonald, S. P., Moher, T., Quintana, R. M., Rook, M. M., Slotta, J. D., Tietjen, P., Tamar Weiss, P. L., Whittaker, C., Zhang, J., Bielaczyc, K., & Kapur, M. (2016). Future learning spaces for learning communities: New directions and conceptual frameworks. In C.-K. Looi, J. Polman, U. Crese, & P. Reimann (Eds.), Proceedings for the 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (pp. 1063-1070), Singapore.
  5. * Tietjen, P., McDonald, S., & Rook, M. M. (2016). Theorizing learning spaces: A sociomaterial approach. In C.-K. Looi, J. Polman, U. Crese, & P. Reimann (Eds.), Proceedings for the 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (pp. 1205-1206), Singapore.
  6. * Hod, Y., Ben-Zvi, D., Charles, E., Kali, Y., McDonald, S. P., Rook, M. M., Slotta, J. D., Weiss, P. T., Whittaker, C., Zhang, J. (2016). Challenges and opportunities for research and design of future learning spaces. In Y. Eshet-Alkalai, I. Blau, A. Caspi, N. Geri, Y. Kalman, V. Silber-Varod, (Eds.), Proceedings of the Eleventh Chais Conference for the Study of Innovation and Learning Technologies: Learning in the Technological Era (pp. 117-122). Ra’anana, Israel: The Open University.
  7. * Hooper, S., Rook, M. M., & Choi, K. (2015). Reconsidering the design of a learning design studio. In B. Hokanson, G., Clinton, & M. W. Tracey (Eds.), The Design of Learning Experience: Creating the Future of Educational Technology (pp. 63-76). New York: Springer.
  8. * [PDF] Rook, M. M., Choi, K., & McDonald, S. P. (2015). Learning theory expertise in the design of learning spaces: Who needs a seat at the table? Journal of Learning Spaces, 4(1), 1-13.
  9. * [PDF] Rook, M. M. (2015). The design of learning environments and learning technologies. Proceedings for the 11th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (pp. 912-913), Gothenburg, Sweden.
  10. McDonald, S. P., & Rook, M. M. (2014). Digital video analysis to support the development of professional pedagogical vision. In B. Calandra & P. Rich (Eds.), Digital Video for Teacher Education: Research and Practice (pp. 21-35). New York: Routledge.
  11. Rook, M. M. (2014). Technohubs in teacher education: The lived experience of assisting peers with instructional technology issues. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. Retrieved from https://etda.libraries.psu.edu/catalog/21850
  12. Rook, M. M. (2013). Really simple syndication. In R. C. Richey (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Terminology for Educational Communications and Technology (pp. 262-264). New York: Springer.
  13. * Hooper, S., Miller, C., Rose, S., & Rook, M. M. (2013). Exploring instructor and student use of an American Sign Language e-assessment system. International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning, 3(1), 19-28.
  14. * Rook, M. M. & McDonald, S. P. (2012). Digital records of practice: A literature review of video analysis in teacher practice. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012 (pp. 1441-1446). Austin, TX: AACE.
  15. Montalto-Rook, M. (2011). Humbled and honored by the ECT Foundation internship. TechTrends, 55(5), 7-8.
  16. Montalto-Rook, M., & Asino, T. I. (2011). 2010 AECT International Convention Committee, Division and Society Reports: Graduate Student Assembly. TechTrends, 55(2), 7-8.
  17. * Montalto-Rook, M., Asino, T. I., & Thanomsing, C. (2010). Instructional design theories on mLearning: Developing a framework. In M. Simonson (Ed.), Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) (pp. 195-198), Anaheim, CA.
  18. * Montalto-Rook, M., Sperry, J., Techatassanasoontorn, C., & Van Middlesworth, H. (2010). Combining lesson planning, visual searching, and communication: A study of a collaborative image-based bookmarking tool. In M. Simonson (Ed.), Proceedings of the Annual Conference of AECT (pp. 199-201), Anaheim, CA.
  19. * Briskin, J., Asino, T. I., Montalto-Rook, M., & Dong, Y. (2010). Smart apps: An analysis of educational applications available on smartphones and the implications for mobile learning. In M. Simonson (Ed.), Proceedings of the Annual Conference of AECT (pp. 32-38), Anaheim, CA.
  20. Strycker, J., & Montalto-Rook, M. (2010). 2009 AECT International Convention Committee, Division and Society Reports: Graduate Student Assembly. TechTrends, 54(2), 30-31.
  21. * Montalto-Rook, M., & Hughes, H. (2009). Enhancing user participation in an art gallery space through the development of a user generated wiki. In M. Simonson (Ed.), Proceedings of AECT (pp. 341-345), Louisville, KY.
  22. * Miller, C., Hooper, S., Rose, S., Montalto-Rook, M. (2008). Transforming e-assessment in American Sign Language: Pedagogical and technological enhancements in online language learning and performance assessment. Learning, Media and Technology, 33(3), 155-168.

Presentations

Refereed Conferences

  1. Rook, M. M., & Van Haneghan, J. (2017, November). Evaluating Collaborative Learning Spaces in Higher Education. Concurrent session at the American Evaluation Association, Washington, DC.
  2. Choi, K., Rook, M. M., & McDonald, S. P. (2016, April). Comparing the Built Pedagogy in a Learning Space with Patrons’ Experiences: An Analysis of Two Perspectives. Poster session at Annual Conference of AERA, Washington, DC.
  3. Olcese, N., McDonald, S., Merritt, M., Rook, M. M., & Taylor, P. (2016, March). “I feel like this is just for play!”: Investigating the exclusive use of iPads in a STEM-focused teacher candidate cohort. Roundtable session at Annual Conference of SITE, Savannah, GA.
  4. Choi, K., Rook, M. M., & McDonald, S. P. (2015, November). Experiencing Informal Learning Spaces. Concurrent session at Annual Conference of AECT, Indianapolis, IN.
  5. [Slides] Rook, M. M. (2015, June). Peer Technical Support: Rethinking ISTE’s Essential Condition for Teacher Education. Concurrent session at Annual Conference of ISTE, Philadelphia, PA.
  6. Rook, M. M. (2014, November). Identifying the Information Economy: Social Network Analysis of a Teacher Education Program. Poster presented at Annual Conference of AECT, Jacksonville, FL.
  7. Rook, M. M. (2014, November). The Experiences of Technohubs: Assisting Peers with Instructional Technology Issues in Teacher Education. Round table session at Annual Conference of AECT, Jacksonville, FL.
  8. Rook, M. M., McDonald, S. P., & Safran, M. (2014, March). The Forgotten Technology: Understanding our Learning Spaces. Concurrent session at Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology, The Pennsylvania State University.
  9. Rook, M. M., & McDonald, S. P. (2013, May). Investigating Built Pedagogy: How Learning Theory Contributes to the Design of a Learning Space. Round table session at Annual Conference of AERA, San Francisco, CA.
  10. Rook, M. M. (2013, February). Exploring Built Pedagogy: The Intersection of Spatial Practices and Learning Theories. Concurrent session at Graduate Student Conference on the Nature of Spatial Practices. The Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University.
  11. Rook, M. M. & McDonald, S. P. (2012, February). Digital Records of Practice: A Literature Review of Video Analysis in Teacher Practice. Paper presented at Annual Conference of SITE, Austin, TX.
  12. Montalto-Rook, M. (2011, November). Towards Technological Fluency: Pre-Service Teachers’ Technology Skill-Building Experiences. Concurrent session at Annual Conference of AECT, Jacksonville, FL.
  13. Baran, E., Gardner, J., Hong, Y., Kim, M., Montalto-Rook, M., & Unger, K. (2011, November). Open Educational Technology Content: Where to Access it and How to Share your Own. Concurrent session at Annual Conference of AECT, Jacksonville, FL.
  14. Montalto-Rook, M. (2011, February). Creating WebQuests for Reflection with Web 2.0. Concurrent session at Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference. Harrisburg, PA.
  15. Montalto-Rook, M., Sperry, J., Techatassanasoontorn, C., & Van Middlesworth, H. (2010, November). Combining Lesson Planning, Visual Searching, and Communication: A Study of a Collaborative Image-based Bookmarking Tool. Paper presented at Annual Conference of AECT, Anaheim, CA.
  16. Montalto-Rook, M., Asino, T. I., & Thanomsing, C. (2010, November). Instructional Design Theories on mLearning: Developing a Framework. Paper presented at Annual Conference of AECT, Anaheim, CA.
  17. Briskin, J., Asino, T. I., Montalto-Rook, M., & Dong, Y. (2010, November). Smart Apps: An Analysis of Educational Applications Available on Smartphones and the Implications for Mobile Learning. Paper presented at Annual Conference of AECT, Anaheim, CA.
  18. Montalto-Rook, M., & Hughes, H. (2009, October). Enhancing User Participation in an Art Gallery Space through the Development of a User Generated Wiki. Paper presented at Annual Conference of AECT, Louisville, KY.
  19. Montalto-Rook, M. (2009, October). Transforming Learning and Instruction through an Online Blogging and Voting Environment. Poster presented at Annual Conference of AECT, Louisville, KY.

Invited, Keynote, or Workshop

  1. McDonald, S. P., Rook, M. M., Pursel, B., & Millet, C. (2015, March). What do our learning spaces say about us as a University? Panel session at Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology, The Pennsylvania State University.
  2. Rook, M. M. (2013, August). Educational Technology K-8 Inservice. Workshop at Saint Michael Elementary School, Loretto, PA.
  3. Montalto-Rook, M. (2011, July). The Hyper-Public Learning Space. Presentation at Learning Design Summer Camp, The Pennsylvania State University.
  4. Montalto-Rook, M. (2010, February). Rethinking Social Bookmarking for Elementary Educators: A Proposal for the Study of a Collaborative Image-based Bookmarking Tool. Presentation at Information Sciences and Technology Graduate Symposium, The Pennsylvania State University.
  5. Montalto-Rook, M. (2009, March). A New Vision of the Web: Rethinking our Role in the Web Culture. Keynote Presentation at Intermediate Unit 1 High School Computer Fair, Waynesburg University, Waynesburg, PA.
  6. Montalto-Rook, M. (2009, February). Solving ePortfolio Assessment Problems using Web 2.0. Presentation at Information Sciences and Technology Graduate Symposium, The Pennsylvania State University.
  7. Montalto-Rook, M., Chou, P.-N., Smargiassi, C., & Sperry, J. (2008, April). S.N.O.W. (Smart Negotiation Online Widget): Creating a Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Tool using Interaction Design. Poster presented at Spring 2008 Poster Session. Department of Learning & Performance Systems. The Pennsylvania State University.
  8. Montalto-Rook, M., An, W., Begley, L., Fanella, D., Modak, R., Petner, M., Vashaw, S., & Wang, L. (2008, April). Robots in the Acropolis: Designing Serious Games with Instructional Theory. Poster presented at Spring 2008 Poster Session. Department of Learning & Performance Systems. The Pennsylvania State University.
  9. Montalto-Rook, M., An, W., Begley, L., Fanella, D., Modak, R., Petner, M., Vashaw, S., & Wang, L. (2008, April). A Framework for Synergizing Learning and Entertainment with Serious Games. Poster presented at Spring 2008 Poster Session. Department of Learning & Performance Systems. The Pennsylvania State University.
  10. Montalto-Rook, M. (2008, April). PHP & MySQL Databases Workshop. Workshop presented at 2008 Workshop Series, Department of Learning & Performance Systems, The Pennsylvania State University.

Research Experience

Science Analyst (2017-present)
Division of Undergraduate Education, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation, Alexandria, VA

  • Independent Research and Development supported by the National Science Foundation related to my research agenda.

Senior Research Fellow (2015-17)
Krause Innovation Studio, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

  • Ongoing research in the areas of learning spaces and learning sciences (see research agenda);
  • Leading two research studies and preparing manuscripts for publication.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow (2016-17)
Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA
Under the direction of Dr. David Haury, Program Director

  • Developed insider’s knowledge of NSF’s merit review process and priorities;
  • Co-facilitated a Workshop on Writing Compelling NSF Proposals, presented at the annual conference of the Association for Science Teacher Education;
  • Co-organized a Symposium on Learning in Next Generation Cities and Communities;
  • Led a project team to conduct portfolio analyses for the ITEST (Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) and DRK-12 (Discovery Research PreK-12) programs to help Program Officers make more informed funding decisions.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow (2015-16)
National Science Foundation, Office of the Director, Office of International Science & Engineering, Arlington, VA
Under the direction of Dr. Sonia Ortega, Program Director of International Science and Engineering, East Asia and Pacific

  • Created a Dashboard using Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition to help NSF staff view/visualize the Award Portfolio with international collaborations;
  • Hosted delegations from East Asia and Pacific countries including Vietnam and Malaysia, thus developing great science diplomacy skills;
  • Co-developed a text-mining tool using AutoIT, SQL, XML, and Excel to uncover NSF Awards with international collaborations that are not coded as such in the data;
  • Contributed to the Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies cross-directorate working group;
  • With the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, co-designed an Innovation Toolkit for Human-Centered Design efforts across the government.

Postdoctoral Scholar (2014-15)
Krause Innovation Studio, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Under the direction of Dr. Scott McDonald, Director of the Krause Innovation Studio and Associate Professor of Science Education, The Pennsylvania State University

  • Conducted research in the areas of learning spaces and learning sciences;
  • Supervised/mentored graduate assistant, and 15 undergraduate research assistants;
  • Led three research teams (conceptualized studies, organized literature searches, determined data collection protocols, and led phenomenological thematic analyses);
  • Created data collection tool to track activity patterns in informal learning spaces;
  • Consulted with faculty on supporting innovative pedagogy with technology.

Teaching Experience

Higher Education

2014-15     Co-Instructor, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

2008-11     Instructor, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

  • EDTEC 400 – Introduction to Instructional Technology for Educators (3 semesters)
  • INSYS 447 – Instructional Design for Multimedia Technologies (2 semesters)

2006-07     Instructor/OASIS Coordinator, Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA

  • GEN 112 – University Reading (2 sections)
  • GEN 111 – University Study Skills (3 sections)

K-12 Education & Related Experiences

2006-07     Music Teacher, Saint Michael Elementary School, Loretto, PA

  • Grades K-8 – Music Theory / Vocal Performance / Rhythm Instrument Performance

Spring 2006     Student Teacher, Nottingham High School, Hamilton, NJ

  • Grade 12 – Discrete Mathematics; Grade 10 – Math 10 (Algebra 1)
  • Grades 9-10 – Computer Science 1 & 1A

Fall 2005     Teaching Assistant, Reynolds Middle School, Hamilton, NJ

  • Grade 6 – Mathematics

2001-2008     Water Safety Instructor, Parks Lake, Rockaway, NJ

  • Grades PreK-11 – Swimming & Water Safety
  • In 2003, successfully taught a child with autism in a group setting.

1998-2002     Mathematics Tutor

  • Grades 9-12 – Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Calculus

Grants, Awards, and Honors

2015     Early Career Faculty Participant, $1,300 – NSF/CSCL Early Career Workshop, 11th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (sponsored by NSF Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies Grant awarded to the University of Albany, State University of New York)

2014-15     Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Grant, $10,000 – “Exploring Directions in Ubiquitous Computing and Teacher Education (EDUCATE) and Krause Innovation Studio iPad Pilot”, College of Education, The Pennsylvania State University, PI: Dr. Nicole Olcese; Co-PIs: Dr. Scott McDonald, Dr. Michael M. Rook

2014     Early Career Faculty Participant, $920 – NSF/AECT Early Career Symposium, Association for Educational Communications and Technology (sponsored by NSF Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies Grant awarded to Iowa State University)

2011-12     HASTAC Scholar, $300 – Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory ( http://www.hastac.org/ ) (sponsored by Krause Innovation Studio, Pennsylvania State University)

2010     Cochran Intern, $700 plus registration and housing – ECT Foundation, Association for Educational Communications and Technology

2010     Paul W. Welliver Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology

2009-12     Miriam E. Gray Scholarship, $4,987 – College of Education, The Pennsylvania State University

2009-11     Ralph T. Heimer Award, $1,509 – College of Education, The Pennsylvania State University

2006     Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing, Mathematics, New Jersey Department of Education

2002     Sophomore Achievement Award for Computer Science, $100 – The College of New Jersey

2001     Freshman Excelsior Award for Computer Science, $500 – The College of New Jersey

Service to the Profession

Editorial Positions

2016-17     Consulting Editor, Instructional Science

2015-17     Consulting Editor, Learning, Design, and Technology: An International Compendium of Theory Research, Practice and Policy (Section on Case Studies in Learning Design and Instructional Technology), Published by AECT ( http://www.aect.org/ )

2015-17     Reviewer, American Educational Research Association, SIG-Advanced Technologies for Learning

2014-17     Reviewer, International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning

2014-16    Reviewer, International Society for Technology in Education (Research Paper Format)

2014     Reviewer, Research Initiation Grants, Center for Online Innovation in Learning, The Pennsylvania State University

2012-16     Consulting Editor, International Journal of Engineering Education

2011-14     Reviewer, Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education

2010-16     Reviewer, Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Research & Theory Division, 2015; Teacher Education Division, 2011-Present; Multimedia Production Division, 2010-2011)

2010-13     Reviewer, Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference

Leadership Positions

2008-11     President-Elect/President/Past-President, Graduate Student Assembly, Association for Educational Communications and Technology

Conference Organizer Positions

2012 & 2015     Co-Organizer, Learning Spaces Symposium, Krause Innovation Studio

2010     Organizer, Graduate Student Lounge, 2010 Annual Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology

2010     Panel Organizer & Moderator, “Jenny Johnson Socratic Seminar,” 2010 Annual Conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology

2008     Panel Organizer & Moderator, “Current Issues in Information Visualization,” 2009 Information Sciences and Technology Graduate Symposium, The Pennsylvania State University

After-School Programs

2006-07     Program Director, Saint Michael’s Arithmetic and Reading Tutoring K-12 After School Program, Saint Michael Elementary School, Loretto, PA

2003     Aide, Slackwood Elementary K-8 After School Program, Slackwood Elementary, Lawrenceville, NJ

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