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Dr. Dave Mulder

Professor of Education

I love to teach! Before joining the Education department at Dordt in 2012, I taught in Christian schools in California and Iowa for 14 years. While I thoroughly enjoyed teaching in K-12 schools, I have found that I also love teaching future teachers. I view this calling as a tremendous blessing, and I do not take it lightly.

My interest areas in education are varied, but include educational technology, online learning, teaching young adolescents, STEM education, social networks for professional learning, and teaching Christianly. If you're interested, I have a biweekly newsletter, and you're welcome to subscribe: Positivity. Passion. Purpose. I also cohost the "Hallway Conversations" podcast, which is a podcast about issues in education and teaching Christianly. You can follow us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or here on the web: https://hallwayconvos.podbean.com/

Education and Experience:

  • Ed.D. in Educational Technology, Boise State University, 2017
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Dordt University (formerly Dordt College), 2008
  • BA in Elementary Education, Dordt University (formerly Dordt College), 1998
  • 14 years teaching experience in PreK-12, primarily in middle school settings

Courses I Teach Include:

  • Introduction to Education
  • Planning, Instruction, and Assessment in the Middle School
  • Teaching STEM in K-12 Schools
  • Educational Robotics
  • World Regional Geography (CORE Program)
  • Technology, Identity, & Community (CORE Program)
  • Teaching and Learning with Technology (and other EdTech courses in the M.Ed. program)

Selected Recent Publications and Presentations:

  • Hall, J. & Mulder, D. J. (2023). “Creating meaningful learning experiences with button-operated robots in early childhood settings.” In R. E. Ferdig, R. Hartshorne, E. Baumgartner, R. Kaplan-Rakowski, and C. Mouza (Eds.) What PreK–12 Teachers Should Know About Educational Technology in 2023: A Research-to-Practice Anthology (pp. 293-303). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). https://www.learntechlib.org/p/222690/

  • Mulder, D. J. (2023, April). “Forming Kind Global Citizens of the Digital Age.” American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

  • Mulder, D. J. (2023). Prove you are not a dog: Fostering social presence in online learning. In Research Anthology on Remote Teaching and Learning and the Future of Online Education (pp. 1758-1773). IGI Global.

  • Mulder, D. J. (2022, October). “Digital florilegium: A high-tech twist on an ancient reading practice.” Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) International Convention. Las Vegas, NV.

  • Mulder, D. J. (2021, October). “Story-formed people: Seeing the story, living the story.” Keynote Address, Mid-Atlantic Christian Schools Association Annual Conference, Langhorne Manor, PA

  • Mulder, D. J. (2021, October). “Story-formed people: Seeing the story, living the story.” Keynote Address, Mid-Atlantic Christian Schools Association Annual Conference, Langhorne Manor, PA.

  • Mulder, D. J. (2021, May). “We GET to do this! Formed with purpose.” Commencement Address, Dordt University, Sioux Center, IA. https://digitalcollections.dordt.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3190&context=pro_rege

  • Wilson, M. L., Hall, J., & Mulder, D. J. (2020). Assessing digital nativeness in pre-service teachers: Analysis of the Digital Natives Assessment Scale and implications for practice. Journal of Research on Technology in Education.

  • Mulder, D. J. (2018). “We’re just expected to know how…”: Unpacking pre-service teachers’ beliefs about technology integration. In L. Liu, and D. Gibson (Eds.) Research Highlights in Technology and Teacher Education 2018 (pp. 115-124). Waynesville, NC: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

  • Lowenthal, P. R. & Mulder, D. J. (2017). Social presence and communication technologies: Tales of trial and error. In A. Whiteside, A. Garrett Dickers, and K. Swan (Eds.), Social Presence in Online Learning: Multiple Perspectives on Practice and Research.