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Donna Russell, Ph.D

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology focusing on using cultural-historical activity theory to understand advanced learning processes in innovative educational programs.

Masters degree in Instructional Design with an emphasis on the design and assessment of Problem-Based Learning environments.

Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education, Curriculum and Instructional Leadership Department, Educational Psychology and Teacher Training, 816.235.2232.

Fourteen years teaching in rural, suburban and urban k-12 schools designing and implementing integrated problem-based learning environments.

Partner in Arete' Consulting, LLC: Development and assessment of advanced technologically-based educational programs.


I presented at E-Learn 2007 in Quebec City Canada on the Geoworlds Project. I also discussed the use of AI bots in Second Life environments to develop problem-based learning processes.

Virtual Instructors Pilot Research Group

I am a researcher in the Virtual Instructors Pilot Research Group (VIPRG) which is part of the IEEE Computer Society Technical Committee on Learning Technology.  I presented at the VIPRG Conference.

Training program for theNelson-Atkins Art Gallery

I designed a new training program for the Nelson-Atkins Art Gallery to aid in the preparation of their staff and volunteers for the opening of their new building. 


Geoworlds Grant

I am a Co-PI on a Kaufman Foundation grant that is designing a Geoworlds environment in Second Life for high school students.

NSF Grant

I am Co-PI on an NSF ITEST grant to work with urban high schools to recruit and retain students in the UMKC Computer Science and Engineering College.

Medical Simulation Grant

I am working with nursing professors at UMKC College of Nursing to develop an NIH grant that will develop a 3D virtual simulation for training nursing students. 

Virtual training for Preservice Teachers Grant

I submitted a New Media and Learning grant that would develop a virtual training program for the preservice teachers in the Institute for Urban Education. 


I co-authored a chapter in a book titled Information Communication Technologies for Enhanced Education and Learning:  Advanced Applications and Developments. Our chapter is titled, Understanding the Effectiveness of Collaborative Activity in Online Professional Development with Innovative Educators through Intersubjectivity.

I wrote a chapter in the upcoming book, Problem-Based Learning and Creativity.  My chapter is titled, Using Cultural Historical Activity Theory to Understand how  Group Collaboration Impacts an Online Problem-Based University Course.

October 2006, I published a chapter in the book, Global Cases in E-Learning.


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