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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Jason Nolan

Technology in Practice

University Ryerson University
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Phone Number (416) 979-5000 x7030
Office Location KHS 305D
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B.A. English (York), B.Ed. English/Env. Studies (Toronto) M.A.
English (York) Ph.D. Curriculum Studies (Toronto)


Jason Nolan is assistant professor in the School of Early Childhood
Education, and teaches in the Masters of Early Childhood Studies at
Ryerson University. He has previously held appointments at the University of Toronto and York. Jason is co-editor of the journal Learning Inquiry (springer) and the book series Transdisciplinary Studies (Sense), and is co-editor of the International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments (2006). He is presently a research associate of the Modern Language and Culture, Centre for Interdisciplinary Human Factors Research (Ryerson), epilab and McLuhan program in culture and technology (Toronto), and has recently been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Adaptive Design Association.

Jason is co-founder of the CFI funded Experiential Design and Gaming
Environment (EDGE) lab, and founder the Sensory Technologies and
Adaptive Design (STAD) lab at Ryerson.

Research Interests

Children and technology, science education, technology and play, disability and technology, adaptive design, sensory technologies,
virtual reality, second life, social/sociable media, media and cultural theory, surveillance, Internet studies.

Selected Publications

Nolan, J. (2010). “Learning with Anne: Early Childhood Education Looks
at New Media for Young Girls.” In Gammel, I. and Lefebvre, B. (Eds.) Anne of Green Gables: New Directions at 100. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Nolan, J. and Bakan, D. (2009). “Social technologies for young children: Cultural Play with” In Poissant, L, and Tremblay, P. (Eds.) Toronto/Montréal/Lille: Together Elsewhere. Montreal: Presse del ’Université du Québec.

Mazar, R., and J. Nolan. (2009). Hacking say and reviving ELIZA: Lessons from virtual environments. Innovate 5 (2). ttp:// (accessed January 14, 2009).

Nolan, J., Mann, S., and Wellman, B. (2008). “Sousveillance: Wearable
and Digital Tools in Surveilled Environments.” In Hawk, B., Rieder, D., and Oviedo, O., (Eds.), Small Tech: The Culture of Digital Tools. Minnesota: U. Minnesota Press.

Levesque, M., and Nolan, J. (2006). “The Human Hack: Social Network
Tools for Constructing Identity Topologies.” In Weiss, J., Nolan, J., Hunsinger, J., and Trifonas, P., (Eds.), The International Handbook of
Virtual Learning Environments. Berlin: Springer Academic Publishers.

Weiss, J., Nolan, J. and Nincic, V. (2005). “Difference and the Internet: When Ethnic Community Goes Online.” In Trifonas, P., (Eds.), Communities of Difference: Language, Culture and Technology. New York: Palgrave.

Nolan, J. (2005). “The Influence of ASCII on the Construction of Internet-based Knowledge”. In Hewitt, J. and DeCoito, I., (Eds.), OISE-UT Papers in Technology Education. Toronto: Imperial Oil Centre for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education.

Sponaas-Robins, R. and Nolan, J. (2005). “MOOs: Polysynchronous
Collaborative Virtual Environments.” In Zemliansky, P., and St. Amant,
K., (Eds.), Workplace Internet-Based Communication: Industry and
Academic Perspectives. New York: Idea Group.

Nolan, J. (2005). “The Technology of Difference: ASCII, Hegemony and
the Internet.” In Trifonas, P., (Ed.), Communities of Difference: Culture, Language, Technology. New York: Palgrave.

Nolan, J. (2003). “Web Logs, Blogs and Online Journals: Informal and
Professional Writing Communities.” In Christensen K., and Levinson,
D., (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Community: From the Village to the Virtual
World. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Nolan, J., & Weiss, J. (2002). "Learning Cyberspace: An Educational
View of Virtual Community." In Renninger, A., and Shumar, W. (Eds.),
Building Virtual Communities: Learning and Change in Cyberspace.
Cambridge UP.

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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan