Brian Belland

Professional Title
Associate Professor
About Me (Bio)
I am an associate professor of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University. I earned my Ph. D. in Educational Technology from Purdue University in 2008. I also have an M. A. in French and Italian from the Ohio State University. My research interests center on the use of technology to scaffold middle school students' argumentation abilities. My research awards include a 2010 National Science Foundation CAREER grant, the 2009 Instructional Technology Special Interest Group (AERA) Best Paper Award, the 2007 Educational Technology Research and Development Young Scholar Award, and the 2007 Problem-based Learning Special Interest Group (AERA) Student Researcher Award.
Utah State University (USU)

Doing science requires that students learn to create evidence-based arguments (EBAs), defined as claims connected to supporting evidence via premises. In this CAREER project, I investigate how argumentation ability can be enhanced among middle school students. The project entails theoretical work, instructional design, and empirical work, and involves 3 middle schools in northern Utah and southern Idaho.