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Peter Doolittle



Dr. Peter Doolittle is an associate professor of education specializing in Educational Psychology. He earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the Catholic University of America. Dr. Doolittle has authored and coauthored more than 50 articles and book chapters and provided more than 80 keynote and invited addresses. He has also contributed greatly to the field by presenting at many national and international conferences.

In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Doolittle has served as the Director of the Virginia Tech Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) since 2008. He also engages in extensive service activities. He is currently the Executive Editor of theInternational Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and the International Journal of ePortfolio, and the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Research on Cyber Behavior, Psychology, and Learning. Dr. Doolittle has received many honors and awards in recognition of his professional contributions. He was the recipient of the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010, Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in 2009, Outstanding Teaching Award for the School of Education in 2008, and the Excellence in Graduate Student Advising Award for the College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences in 2007. In addition, in 2011, Dr. Doolittle became a Distinguished Fellow of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning. He has also had the opportunity to teach educational psychology in Mexico, Ireland, Sengal, and Malawi. Dr. Doolittle’s contributions through teaching, research, and outreach enrich the Virginia Tech School of Education community.


Ph.D.  Educational Psychology, The Catholic University of America, 1995

M.S.  Education, Baylor University, 1984

B.S.  Psychology, Southern Methodist University, 1983

B.A.  Physical Education, Southern Methodist University, 1983

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His research is focused on learning in multimedia environments, with specific emphasis on the role of working memory. He has been published in the British Journal of Educational TechnologyJournal on Educational Multimedia and HypermediaTheory and Research in Social EducationJournal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching. Dr. Doolittle’s involvement in grant-funded projects also exemplifies commitment to the field. Most recently, he is the co-principal investigator on an NSF-CCLI grant related to improving student comprehension of concepts from quantum mechanics and solid state physics, and their application in electrical and computer engineering. Dr. Doolittle teaches College Teaching, Constructivism and Education, and Multimedia Cognition in the Department of Learning Sciences and Technologies.

Research: The investigation of learning efficacy in mobile and multimedia learning environments; cognitive processes and multimedia teaching and learning.

Areas of Expertise: Multimedia Learning, Constructivism

    Peter Doolittle

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