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Michael M. Grant, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Educational Technology Program Coordinator
Department: Educational Studies
College of Education
Phone: 803-777-6176

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Michael M. Grant, Ph.D.


Ph.D. in Instructional Technology, The University of Georgia


Technology-enhanced learning environments; online teaching and learning; teaching and learning with mobile devices; inquiry; project-based learning; problem-based learning; instructional design; curriculum development


Michael M. Grant recently joined the faculty at the University of South Carolina as program coordinator for the Educational Technology program. Previously, he spent twelve years in the Instructional Design & Technology program at the University of Memphis. He is an education scientist, teacher, keynote and workshop presenter, author, and consultant to K-12 schools and in higher education. His research considers three complementary areas: the design and development of technology-enhanced learning environments, graphic and instructional designs to support learning, and key learner characteristics. His most recent scholarship has focused on how to design, develop, and implement mobile teaching and learning in K-12 and higher education, particularly with inquiry and STEM disciplines. Grant earned his Ph.D. from The University of Georgia in Instructional Technology. He is currently the Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, the Past President of the Research & Theory Division of the Association for Educational Communications & Technology, and a previous Chair of the Special Interest Group Instructional Technology for the American Educational Research Association. Grant can be contacted via his website at or through Twitter (@michaemgrant ) and Google+ (+michaemgrant).

Selected publications

Gikas, J. & Grant, M. M. (2013). Mobile computing devices in higher education: Student perspectives on learning with cellphones, smartphones & social media. The Internet and Higher Education, 19, 18-26. doi: 10.1016/j.iheduc.2013.06.002

Tamim, S.R. & Grant, M.M. (2013). Definitions and uses: Case study of teachers implementing project-based learning. Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 7(2). Available at

Grant, M.M. & Barbour, M.K. (2013). Mobile teaching and learning in the classroom and online: Case studies in K-12. In Z. Berge & L. Muilenburg (Eds.), Handbook of mobile learning (pp. 285–292). New York, NY: Routledge.

Cheon, J.P. & Grant, M.M. (2012). The effects of metaphorical interface on germane cognitive load in web-based instruction. Educational Technology Research & Development, 60(3), 399 - 420.

Grant, M.M. (2011). Learning, beliefs, and products: Students’ perspectives with project-based learning. Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 5(2), 37-69.

Grant, M.M., & Branch, R.M. (2005). Project-based learning in a middle school: Tracing abilities through the artifacts of learning. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 38(1), 65-98.

Grant, M.M., Ross, S.M., Wang, W., & Potter, A. (2005). Computers on wheels (COWS): An alternative to ‘each one has one’. British Journal of Educational Technology, 36(6), 1017-1034.

Anderson, R.S., Grant, M.M. & Speck, B.W. (2008). Technology to teach literacy: A resource for K-8 teachers. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill Prentice Hall.

Select presentations

Grant, M.M. (2014, April 7). Definitions and indefinite: A critical examination of mobile learning and implications for use, research & instructional design. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Tamim, S.R. & Grant, M.M. (2013, November 2). An exploration of how health professionals create ehealth and mhealth education interventions. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications & Technology, Anaheim, CA.

Hodges, C., Grant, M.M. & Polly, D. (2013, March 29). Beyond one-shot workshops: Three approaches to STEM teacher professional development. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, New Orleans, LA.

Grant, M.M. (2013, August 27). Engaging students with inquiry and effective strategies for on ground and online teaching. Invited keynote presentation as part of the Toome’s Lectureship for Baptist College of Health Science, Memphis, TN. Available at and

Grant, M.M. (2013, May 6). Learning on the move: Considerations for formal, semiformal and informal learning. Invited paper presented at the University of Oklahoma Emerging Technology and STEM Education Symposium, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. Available at

Grant, M.M., Tamim, S., Brown, D. & Sweeney, J.P. (2012, November 1). Teaching and learning with mobile computing devices: A case study in k-12 classrooms. Featured Research paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Educational Communications & Technology, Louisville, KY.

Grant, M.M. (2011, March 7). Dare you to move: Making mobile learning matter at College of Charleston. Keynote presented to College of Charleston Faculty Technology Institute, Charleston, SC.

Grant, M.M. (2011, October 18). BYOD — Bring your own device! Strategies for making teaching & learning mobile. Presentation at Mobile Technology for Teaching and Learning Conference, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN.

Selected awards

Nominations for university-wide Distinguished Teaching Award, 2011, 2012, 2014 content is among the top 1% of most viewed on SlideShare, 2013

Chair’s Excellence Award for Teaching, 2011

Chair’s Excellence Award for Research, 2007

American Educational Research Association SIG-Instructional Technology Young Researcher Award, 2005

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