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Faculty Biography

Faculty Biography | Laurie Gelles

Laurie Gelles

Laurie Gelles, Ph.D.Lecturer

Contact Information:
Waterman 541A
(802) 656-9605

Dr. Gelles’s research agenda focuses on multisensory learning and cognition. Specifically, she is interested in the tools that can be used or developed to enhance students’ environments so that they have a richer learning experience, and thus potentially a deeper understanding of the content being introduced. Dr. Gelles’s doctoral research and resulting dissertation, Measuring The Effects Of Repeated Practice And Relevant Multisensory Stimuli On Information Encoding: Implications For Educational Practice, was an attempt to measure changes in cognition using video game technology. Her research findings have been presented at AERA and NEERO, and she also authored a book chapter on related concepts. Most currently, Dr. Gelles is looking at the ways that multitouch devices can be used appropriate appropriately to enhance documentation strategies and pedagogy in early childhood settings.

Areas of Expertise:

Curriculum and Instruction; Higher Education; Leadership; Learning and Cognition; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); Teacher Education; Technology and Learning

  • Multisensory Learning and Technology: Research focused on the effects of relevant multisensory stimuli on learning a related task. Recent study completed connecting the use of video games to learning.


Selected Publications

  • Gelles, L. M. (2012) From Pong to PS3: How Video Games Enhance Our Capacity to Learn and Build Community, in Fayneese S. Miller (ed.) Transforming Learning Environments: Strategies to Shape the Next Generation (Advances in Educational Administration, Volume 16) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.193 - 214.  [abstract]

Selected Presentations

  • Gelles, L. M. (2013, April). Video Games and Learning Theory: The Effects of Multisensory Stimuli on Learning a Motor Task. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Bishop, P., Gelles, L. M., Smith, C., Natkin, L., Swallow, M., & Howe, E. (2013, April). Student Engagement and Digital Technologies. Paper presented at the New England Educational Research Organization, Portsmouth, NH.
  • Baker, E. & Gelles, L. M. (2011, February). E-portfolios in Teacher Preparation Programs: Evaluating candidate performance, contributing to program revision, collection of assessment data. Conference session presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, San Diego, CA.

Courses Taught in the Last 5 Years

Video Games and Learning Theory


  • Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from The University of Vermont
  • M.A. in Education, Instructional Technology and Design from San Francisco State University
  • B.S. in Elementary & Middle Level Education (Math & Music) from The University of Vermont

Awards & Honors

  • Apple Distinguished Educator from Apple: The Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Program began in 1994, when Apple recognized K-12 and higher education pioneers who are using a variety of Apple products to transform teaching and learning in powerful ways. Today it has grown into a worldwide community of over 2,000 visionary educators and innovative leaders who are doing amazing things with Apple technology in and out of the classroom. Apple is pleased to welcome (ADE Name) to the ADE Class of 2015. Learn more about this group of innovative educators online at . (2015)

Licensure or Certifications

  • Vermont Educator License, Elementary Education (K-6) & Middle Grades Mathematics (5-9)

Professional Associations

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), American Educational Research Association (AERA), Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), Pi Gamma Mu

Curriculum Vitae