Dr. Matthew Schmidt is an associate professor at the University of Florida in the in the School of Teaching and Learning’s Educational Technology program. Dr. Schmidt formerly served as the director of the Studio of Advanced Learning Technologies (SALT) in the School of Education at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Schmidt is an educational researcher and developer of advanced, technology-based learning interventions. He has published more than 65 journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings and has presented his work at a variety of local, national, and international conferences. He has also developed over 10 advanced learning technology interventions. As an applied researcher in the field of educational technology and instructional design, his work focuses on the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative learning interventions, educational courseware, and computer software for individuals with life-long disabilities and medical conditions, as well as their families and caregivers (e.g., autism, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, diabetes).
An award-winning researcher and developer, his design-based research focuses on three-dimensional virtual learning environments (e.g., virtual reality, educational games), mobile learning, and online learning interventions. In the design and evaluation of these technologies, Dr. Schmidt applies reflexive inquiry using a variety of design-based methodological approaches such as design-based research, learner/user experience design, design thinking, rapid prototyping, etc. Dr. Schmidt’s research was recognized by the University of Hawaii with the Exceptional Research Award in 2015. He and his development team were awarded a Crystal Award in 2019 recognizing the innovative and outstanding multimedia-based distance learning project Epilepsy Adherence in Children and Technology (eACT) by the Association for Educational and Communications Technology, the third such award he has received in as many years.
Dr. Schmidt’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), and the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s (OHDMS) Division of Emergency Medical Services. His research publications have appeared in top-tier journals such as Exceptional Children and Computers in Human Behavior. Dr. Schmidt is editor-in-chief of the upcoming open-access edited volume Learner and User Experience Research: An Introduction for the Field of Learning Design & Technology, which will be published on https://edtechbooks.org. He is a co-editor of the upcoming AECT publications A New Focus for Learning: Educational Technology Beyond Content and Intersections across Disciplines: Interdisciplinarity and Learning Design. He also serves as a reviewer for a number of journals in the field of educational technology and instructional design. Dr. Schmidt regularly attends and presents at the Association for Educational and Communications Technology (AECT) and the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN). Dr. Schmidt has served as a board member of the Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii (ATRC) and of the Design and Development Division within AECT. He has also been serving as a co-coordinator of the AECT Summer Research Symposium since 2018.