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Beal, Carole R.

School of Teaching and Learning
College of Education
University of Florida
G518A Norman Hall
PO Box 117048
Gainesville FL 32611


Research Biography

My research focuses on the design, development and evaluation of technology-based learning systems. I’m especially interested in how technology can be used to engage students who have traditionally struggled with math and science (female students in math and engineering, English Language Learners, students with visual impairments, students with Specific Language Impairment). I am director of the University of Florida’s Online Learning Institute, and PI of the IES-funded National Education Research and Development Center on Virtual Learning.


Ph.D. -Stanford University, 1983, Psychology

B. A. – University of California, San Diego, 1979, Psychology

Key Professional Appointments

Professor, Education Technology, 2014 – present

Professor, University of Arizona, 2009 – 2014

Director, K12@USC Project, University of Southern California, 2004 – 2009

Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1998 – 2004

Assistant, Associate Professor, Dartmouth College, 1984 – 2004


Beal, C. R., Michailidis, G., Leite, W., Pemberton, D., & Poekert, P. (2016-2021) Precision Education: The Virtual Learning Lab. Institute of Education Sciences National Education Research and Development Center on Virtual Learning. $8.9M.

Beal, C. R., Hong, S., & Gage, N. (2016-2019). An intervention to provide youth with visual impairments with strategies to access graphical information in math word problems.”. Institute of Education Sciences Education Technology (NCSER).. $1.4M.

Beal, C. R., & Erin, J. (2012 – 2015). AnimalWatch Vi Suite: A comprehensive program to increase access to math for students with visual impairments.  Institute of Education Sciences National Science for Special Education Research, $1.2M.

Schneider, S., & Beal, C. R. (2009 – 2014).  Efficacy Study of AnimalWatch: An online tutoring system for algebra readiness.  Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Research. $2.7M.

Selected Publications

Alt, M., Arizmendi, G., & Beal, C. R. (2014).  The relationship between mathematics and language: Academic implications for children with specific language impairment and for those who are English language learners. Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools, 45, 220-233.

Beal, C. R., & Cirett, F. (2015).  Math word problem solving by English Learners and English Primary students in an intelligent tutoring system. International Journal of Learning Technology, 10, 170-184.

Beal, C. R., & Rosenblum, L. P.  (2015).  Use of an accessible iPad app and supplemental graphics to build math skills: Feasibility study results.  Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 109, 383-394.

Beal, C. R., & Rosenblum, L. P. (2015). Development of a math learning app for students with visual impairments. Journal on Technology and Persons with Disabilities, 3, 1-8.

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