Paul Resta

Paul Resta

Ruth Knight Millikan Centennial Professor of Learning Technologies

Learning Technologies


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 244L
By appointment, call 471-6128

(512) 471-6128

(512) 471-8460

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Courses of Instruction
EDC 385G Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Environments
EDC 385P Instructional Technology Planning and Management
EDC 390T Advanced Instructional Systems Design

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
1912 Speedway Stop D5900
Austin, TX 78712-1297
UT Mail Code: D5900

Full Vita
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Dr. Resta teaches advanced graduate courses in instructional technology, including Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Instructional Technology Planning and Management, and Advanced Instructional Systems Design. His current work focuses on Web-based learning environments, computer-supported collaborative learning, and the infusion of technology into teacher education programs.


PhD in Educational Psychology from Arizona State University with an emphasis on learning and measurement.

Representative Publications

Examples of recent books, chapters and articles include:

Resta, P. (Ed.) Teacher Development in an E-Learning Age. Paris, France. United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization. (In Press).

Resta, P. & Shonfeld, M. (2012) "Challenges and Strategies in Designing Cross-National: Learning Team Projects in Virtual Worlds" Chapter in: Gregory, M., Lee, M., Dalgarno, B., & Tynan, B. (Eds.)  Virtual Worlds in Online and Distance Education, Athabasca, Canada. Athabasca University Press (In Press).

Resta, P. (2011) ICTs and Indigenous People. Moscow, Russia:  UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education.

Resta, P. & Kalk, D. (2011) “An Ecological Approach to Instructional Design: The Learning Synergy of Interaction and Context,” Chapter in Olofsson, A. & Lindberg, J. (Eds.), Informed Design of Educational Technologies in Higher Education: Enhanced Learning and Teaching. Hershey, Pennsylvania: IGI Global Publishers.

Traphagan, T., Chiang, Y., Chiang, H. Wattanawha, B. Lee, H., Mayrath, M., Woo, J., Jee, M., & Resta, P. (2010) “Cognitive, Social and Teaching Presence in a Virtual World and a Text Chat.” Computers and Education: An International Journal. Vol 55(3) 923-936.

Resta, P., & Lee, H. (2010) “Online Peer and Self Assessment in Virtual Teaming,” Chapter in Virtual Teams: Mastering the Art and Practice of Online Learning and Corporate Collaboration, Hoboken, New Jersey: Stevens Institute of Technology.  Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Mayrath, M., Traphagan, T., Jarmon, L., & Resta, P. (2010) “Teaching with Virtual Worlds: Factors to Consider for Instructional Use of Second Life,” Journal of Educational Computing Research. Vol.43(4) 403-444.

Resta, P., & Laferriere, T. “Technology in Support of Collaborative Learning”. Article in Educational Psychology Review Journal. Netherlands:  Springer, Volume 19, Number 1, March 2007.

Resta, P, Christal, M. & Roy, L. Digital Technology to Empower Indigenous Culture and Education. Chapter in Davis, N.E., and Brown, A. (Eds.) The World Yearbook of Education 2004: Digital Technology, Communities, and Education. London: Kogan Page Publishers. 2004.

Information and Communication Technologies in Teacher Education: A Planning Guide. Resta , P. (Ed.) Paris, France: United National Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 2003.

Toward Digital Equity: Bridging the Divide in Education. Solomon, G., Resta, P. & Allen, N. (Eds.) Boston: Allyn & Bacon. 2002.

Recent Awards

  • Recipient of 2014 Canterbury Fellowship, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Honorary Doctor of Letters, Moscow State University for Economics, Statistics and Informatics. Presented for global leadership in educational technology. (2011)
  • President's Service Award from the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) for outstanding leadership in serving as Chair for the Standing Committee on Technology and the Future of Teacher Education. (2009)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) in recognition for outstanding leadership at international and national level in the field of technology use in teacher education. (2007)
  • Dean's Distinguished Faculty Award, for superior teaching, research, and service to the university, college, and community. (August 2006)
  • US Distance Learning Association Award for Outstanding Achievements in Higher Education (April 2001)
  • University Continuing Education Association National Distance Learning Course Award (April 2001) 

Current Research Projects and Grants

Principal Investigator, Collaborative Research: An Agent-Based Simulation Environment for Predictive Longitudinal Modeling of High School Math Performance. National Science Foundation. Collaborative Project with Los Alamos National Labs, University of California at Santa Cruz, and National Laboratory for Educational Transformation. Los Alamos Modeling Group will develop model and UT Learning Technology Center and TACC will develop visualizations.

Principal Investigator, The Presidential Timeline Project, funded by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Project to expand the Presidential Timeline of the 20th Century through the addition of digital assets.

Principal Investigator, Presidential Timeline, funded by the U.S. Department of Education and Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation. Project to expand the Presidential Timeline of the 20th Century through the addition of digital assets.

Research Interests and Expertise

Technology as a catalyst for systemic change in the teaching-learning process

Web-based collaborative learning environments

Infusion of technology into teacher education programs

Assisting developing countries to create plans for technology integration in education

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • President, International Jury, King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
  • Organizer and Chair of the First Invitational Summit on Educational Data Visualization, May, 2013 (
  • Conference Chair of the 2012 Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education Annual Conference
  • Organizer and Chair of the Invitational Summit on Redefining Teacher Education for Digital Age Learners (
  • Chair of the Association for Teacher Educators National Commission on Technology and the Future of Teacher Education
  • Senior Advisor, World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education
  • Chair of the UNESCO Working Group on E-Learning for Teacher Development
  • Member of the Executive Council, Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education
  • Member, E-Learn Program Committee, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, National Laboratory for Educational Transformation.
  • Member, Professional Development Committee, Construction Industry Institute (CII).