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  • University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida.
  • University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
    • M.A. in Reading Education
    •  2007
    • Action Research: “The ‘Write’ Attitude: The Impact of Self-Efficacy Techniques on the Writing and Attitudes toward Writing of Seventh Grade Students”
  • Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. in English
    • 2003
    • Education Certificate
    • Benjamin Rush Scholar
    • Teachers for Tomorrow Program
    • Teachers for Tomorrow $20,000 Grant Recipient
  • University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
    • Study Abroad
    • Spring Semester 2002
    • Phi Beta Delta International Scholar              


  • Educational Technology
  • Simulations and Learning
  • Serious Games
  • Self-Regulated Learning
  • Gameful Learning
  • Learning and Motivation
  • Embodied Learning
  • In Situ, Formative, and Stealth Assessments
  • Self-Efficacy and Learning
  • Oral History
  • Digital Archives


  • University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
  • University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
    • Graduate Teaching Assistant
    • 2014-2015
    • Department of Writing and Rhetoric
      • Assisted with revision and maintenance of two student publication sites, Imprint and Stylus
      • Assisted with the inaugural department-hosted  Writing Symposium: Engaging Your Worlds
  • University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
    • Graduate Research Assistant
    • 2012-2015
    • National Science Foundation-Funded Whole-Body Metaphor-Based Simulation Game: “MEteor”
  • University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
    • Graduate Teaching Assistant
    • 2011-2012
    • Instructor for LIN 3673: Grammar and Advanced Prose Style, Spring 2012
    • Grader for LIT 2120, World Literature II , Fall 2011 and Spring 2012
    • Grader for AML 3041, American Literature II, Fall 2011
  • South Sumter Middle School, Webster, Florida
    • Teacher
    • 2003-2011
    • Seventh Grade Language Arts 2004-2011
      • Language Arts Department Chair 2005-2006
      • School Webmaster 2005-2006
      • Team Webmaster 2005-2011
    • Seventh and Eighth Grade Journalism 2009-2011
      • Yearbook Advisor 2009-2011
    • Sixth Grade Language Arts 2003-2004
      • Sixth Grade Advanced Reading 2003-2004
    • SmartBoard $500 Grant Recipient 2005
    • Wal-Mart Matching $500 Grant Recipient 2005


  • Certificate in Grant Writing and Nonprofit Management, UCF Continuing Education (2016)
  • Professional Florida Educator’s Certification Areas (certified through 2018)
    • English, Grades 6-12
    • Reading, Grades K-12
    • Secondary Education, Grades 6-12
    • Elementary Education, Grades K-6
    • ESOL, Grades K-12



  • Poster, “Outcome-focused design for health education games: Understanding the playing techniques and values reinforced by a game’s procedural rhetoric,” presented at the Serious Games for Health (SeGAH) Conference, Orlando, Florida, May 13, 2016.
  • Poster, “Making Waves: Self-Regulated Learning in a Whole-Body Educational Game,” presented at the UCF Graduate Research Forum, Orlando, Florida, March 31, 2015.
  • Paper, “I’m a What? Metaphor-based Interactions as Pathways to Learning” written & presented by Eileen Smith, Emily Johnson, Heather Norton, and Brandon Lanman at the Association of Science-Technology Centers Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina, October 19, 2014.
  • Panel, “Metacognitive Scaffolding Effects on Conceptual Learning in a Whole-Body Interactive Simulation Environment” by Emily Johnson, Robb Lindgren, Michael Tscholl, & Shuai Wang, presented by Robb Lindgren in the panel discussion “Scaffolding Self-Directed Learning in Technology-Enhanced Environments” at the American Educational Research Association Conference in Philadelphia, PA, April 4, 2014.
  • Paper, “Enacting orbits: Refining the design of a full-body learning simulation” by Michael Tscholl, Robb Lindgren, and Emily Johnson, presented by Michael Tscholl at the International Conference on Interaction Design and Children in New York, NY, June 24, 2013.
  • Paper, “Adventures in Emerging Media: An Updated Look at Engagement Methods in Online Courses” by Reuben Rogak, Emily Johnson, Rudy McDaniel, Robb Lindgren, and Jon Friskics, presented by Emily Johnson at The Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Convention, Louisville, Kentucky, November 2, 2012.
  • Poster, “Picture-Based Science Attitudes Assessment” by Emily Johnson, Amy Bolling, and Robb Lindgren presented by Robb Lindgren at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Sydney, Australia, July 2-6, 2012.
  • Poster, “Student Perceptions of a Game-Based Achievement System in an Online Undergraduate Course” by Emily Johnson, Rudy McDaniel, Jon Friskics, and Robb Lindgren, presented by Emily Johnson at Games+Learning+Society Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, June 13, 2012.
  • Community Literacy Project, “Our Histories” by Emily Johnson, presented at the Service Learning Conference, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, April 17, 2012.
  • Paper, “Student Attitudes Toward Choice-Driven Content Delivery in an Online Course” by Emily Johnson, Robb Lindgren, Rudy McDaniel, and Jon Friskics; presented by Emily Johnson at Information Fluency Conference, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, March 15, 2011.

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