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Antonenko, Pavlo (Pasha)

Pasha AntonenkoAssociate Professor
School of Teaching and Learning
Director, Neuroscience Applications for Learning (NeurAL) Lab

College of Education
University of Florida
G-518B Norman Hall
PO Box 117048
Gainesville, FL 32611-7048

Research Biography

Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology and Director of the NeurAL Lab in the School of Teaching and Learning. His research has been funded by state and federal agencies and focuses on developing, implementing, and studying technologies for scaffolding learning. His most recent project, “LENS: Leveraging Expertise in Neurotechnologies to Study Individual Differences in Multimedia Learning”, is a NSF-funded Science of Learning project that focuses on understanding learning with multimedia by a wide range of students including those with attentional and cognitive differences. Dr. Antonenko has published in a number of educational technology and educational psychology journals and received several national and international awards for his research on the design of technology-enhanced learning environments and the implications of neuroimaging for educational research. He is the Educational Technology Strand Co-Coordinator for the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Chair of the American Educational Research Association’s Special Interest Group in Instructional Technology, and a reviewer for multiple journals, conferences, and funding agencies.


BS – Teaching of English and German Language and Literature, Nizhyn Gogol State University, 1998

MS – Linguistics, Nizhyn Gogol State University, 1999, Thesis: Rhetorical Aspects of News Text Structure in British Broadsheet Newspapers, Advisor: Dr. Serhiy Potapenko

PhD – a) Curriculum and Instructional Technology, b) Human-Computer Interaction, Iowa State University, 2007, Dissertation: The Effect of Leads on Cognitive Load and Learning in Conceptually Rich Hypertext,  Advisors: Dr. Ann Thompson (Instructional Technology) and Dr. Dale Niederhauser (Human-Computer Interaction)

Key Professional Appointments

Associate Professor of Educational Technology, 2014-Present, University of Florida

Assistant Professor of Educational Technology, 2012-2014, University of Florida

Assistant/Associate Professor of Educational Technology, 2007-2012, Oklahoma State University

Research and Teaching Associate, 2002 – 2007, Iowa State University Colleges of Education and Engineering, Office of the Vice-Provost for Research

Assistant Professor of English Philology, 1999 – 2002, Nizhyn Gogol State University, Ukraine

Activities and Honors

Visiting Professor, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique (Fall, 2011)

Grant Reviewer, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hewlett Packard Philanthropy, and International Society for Technology in Education Consultant, NASA INSPIRE and NASA Digital Learning Network

Research Excellence Award: Antonenko, P. (2007). The effect of leads on cognitive load and learning in a conceptually rich hypertext environment. Ames, IA.

Best Conference Paper Award: Ryan, S., Jackman, J., Antonenko, P., Kumsaikaew, P., Marathe, R., Niederhauser, D., & Ogilvie, C. (2007). Student selection of information relevant to solving ill-structured engineering economic decision problems. Proceedings of the 114th Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education. Honolulu, HI.

Best Poster Award: Antonenko P. (May, 2003). Modern computing and modern education: Teachers using open source technologies. Presented at the International Symposium on Modern Computing in Celebration of John Atanasoff’s 100th Birthday, Ames, IA.

Teaching Excellence Award Nominee (2003). Iowa State University, Ames, IA.


Principal Investigator. iDigFossils: Engaging K-12 Students in Integrated STEM via 3D Digitization, Printing and Exploration of Fossils. NSF ITEST. Funded for $1,194,054.

Principal Investigator. Project LENS: Leveraging Expertise in Neurotechnologies to Study Individual Differences in Multimedia Learning. NSF SL-CN. Funded for $765,000.

Co-Principal Investigator. Building a Comprehensive Evolutionary History of Flagellate Plants. NSF GoLife. Funded for $2,233,768.

Co-Principal Investigator. Development of a Simulation-based Application for Teaching Human Physiology through Guided Discovery, Pure Discovery and Authentic Research. NSF-IUSE. Funded for $247,129.

Principal Investigator. EAGER: Collaborative Research: Cyber-Eye: Empowering Learning through Remote Visualizations using Unmanned Aerial Systems. NSF Cyberlearning. Funded for $58,145. 

Co-Principal Investigator. Converging Behavioral and Psychophysiological Measures: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Multimedia Learning Conditions with Dyslexic Learners. UF ROF. Funded for $98,206. 

Principal Investigator. NeuroSynch: Transforming the Assessment of Collaborative Problem Solving with Research on Team Neurosynchronies. UF CRIF. Funded for $49,823.

Selected Publications

Antonenko, P., Dawson, K. & Sahay, S. (2016). A framework for aligning needs, abilities and affordances to inform design and practice of educational technologies. British Journal of Educational Technology.

Dawson, K., Antonenko, P., Sahay, S., & Lombardino, L. (2016). How mobile app developers conceive of dyslexia and what it means for mobile app users. Interaction Design and Architecture, 28, 69 – 84.

Thomas, A., Antonenko, P., & Davis, R. (2016). Understanding metacomprehension accuracy within video annotation systems. Computers in Human Behavior, 58, 269-277. 

Antonenko, P. (2015). The instrumental value of conceptual frameworks in educational technology research. Educational Technology Research and Development, 63(1), 53-71.

Antonenko, P., Jahanzad, F., & Greenwood, C. (2014). Fostering collaborative problem solving and 21st century skills using the DEEPER scaffolding framework. Journal of College Science Teaching, 43(6), 78-87.

Bunch, J. C., Robinson, J. S., Edwards, M. C., & Antonenko, P. D. (2014). How a serious digital game affected students’ animal science and mathematical competence in agricultural education. Journal of Agricultural Education, 55(3), 57-71.

Antonenko, P. (2013). Two heads are better than one: Inservice teachers engaging in instructional design 2.0. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 29(3), 72-81.

Pengnate, S. & Antonenko, P. (2013). A multi-method evaluation of online trust and its interaction with metacognitive awareness. International Journal of Human Computer Interaction, 29(9), 582-593. DOI: 10.1080/10447318.2012.735185.  

Antonenko, P., Toy, S., & Niederhauser, D. (2012). Using cluster analysis for data mining in educational technology research. Educational Technology Research and Development, 60(3), 383-398.  DOI: 10.1007/s11423-012-9235-8.

Martens, J. & Antonenko, P. (2012). Narrowing gender-based performance gaps in Virtual Environment navigation. Computers in Human Behavior, 28(3), 809-819.

Dodd, B. & Antonenko, P. (2012). Use of signaling to integrate desktop virtual reality and online learning management systems. Computers and Education, 59(4), 1099-1108.

Jones, M. E., Antonenko, P. D., & Greenwood, C. (2012). The impact of collaborative and individualized Student Response System strategies on learner motivation, metacognition, and knowledge transfer. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 28(5), 477-487.

Ibrahim, M., Antonenko, P., Greenwood, C., & Wheeler, D. (2012). Effects of segmenting, signaling, and weeding on learning from educational video. Learning, Media, and Technology. 37(3), 220-235.

Antonenko, P., Jackman, J., Kumsaikaew, P., Marathe, R., Niederhauser, D., Ogilvie, C., & Ryan, S. (2011). Understanding student pathways in context-rich problems. Education and Information Technologies, 16(4), 323-342.

Antonenko, P., Paas, F., Grabner, R. & van Gog, T. (2010). Using Electroencephalography (EEG) to measure cognitive load. Educational Psychology Review, 22, 425-438.

Antonenko, P. & Niederhauser, D. (2010). The influence of leads on cognitive load and learning in a hypertext-assisted learning environment. Computers in Human Behavior, 26(2), 140-150.

Selected Links

Dr. Antonenko’s website

UF’s Educational Technology program

American Educational Research Association Special Interest group Instructional Technology: http://www.aera.net/SIG052/Instructional-Technology-SIG-52

National Association for Research on Science Teaching: https://www.narst.org/

Cognitive Science Society: http://cognitivesciencesociety.org/index.html

Society for Psychophysiological Research: https://www.sprweb.org/