Victor R. Lee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University. Through his research, he tries to understand the new opportunities for people of all ages to learn STEM content and practices with the support of emerging digital technologies. Current research examines computational thinking in elementary school, how wearables could be used to detect interest development in situ, and the changing nature of physical libraries into youth spaces for STEM learning and digital making. Longer standing lines of work involve studying self-tracking and the learning that can take place with data obtained about routine experiences. This has since led to more work related to diabetes and health education and preparing a commissioned paper pointing toward a future for data science education in K-12. For more information about some of his research projects, both past and present, please refer to his lab's website.
Victor completed his undergraduate studies at UC San Diego with emphasis in cognitive science, human computer interaction, and mathematics. He earned his doctorate in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University where he was supported for several years through a fellowship with the NSF-funded Center for Curriculum Materials in Science. Since leaving the midwest and beginning his professional academic career, Victor has received the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the Jan Hawkins Award, and a post-doctoral fellowship from the National Academy of Education and the Spencer Foundation. His book, Learning Technologies and the Body (published by Routledge), is the first compendium of current research of embodied technologies for learning. With Abigail Phillips, he published a new book, Reconceptualizing Libraries: Perspectives from the Information and Learning Sciences (2018). When not traveling for conferences or meetings, Victor is usually working or playing in the mountains of northern Utah.