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Dennis Beck

  • PhD
  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • University of Arkansas Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural Food and Life Sciences
  • 7PublicationsNumber of items in Dennis's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 65Followers

Recent publications

  • The influence of gender and ethnicity of student avatars on teacher’s expectations and perceptions

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  • Synthesizing Presence: A Multidisciplinary Review of the Literature

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    • Fishwick P
    • Kamhawi R
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Professional experience

Clinical Assistant Professor

University of Arkansas

August 2010 - Present

Clinical Assistant Professor

University of Arkansas - Main Campus

July 2010 - Present


PhD in Curriculum & Instruction

University of Florida

August 2003 - December 2008(5 years)

Master of Divinity

The Orlando Institute

August 1996 - May 2000(4 years)

M.A. in Leadership

The Orlando Institute

August 1992 - May 1996(4 years)

B.S. in Economics

Pennsylvania State University

June 1987 - May 1991(4 years)


Dennis Beck is a clinical assistant professor of Educational Technology at the University of Arkansas. He enjoys teaching courses in instructional design, integrating technology into the curriculum, and educational technology research. He also has a wealth of experience in the design of online and blended courses in educational and corporate training environments. His research interests include educational leadership and special education students in K-12 virtual schools, and social studies technology integration. Of special interest is his exploration of different methodological approaches used in desktop virtual world environments, as well as the influence of avatar choice on expectations, perceptions, and evaluations. He is currently working on a study measuring the influence of teacher avatar gender and ethnicity on student evaluations and perceptions. He has published in several venues, including the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, The International Journal of Gaming and Computer Mediated Simulations, The International Journal of Learning Technologies, Technology, Humanities, Education, & Narrative Journal, the Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology, TechTrends, and the Handbook of Research on Effective Electronic Gaming in Education.

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