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Jason Nolan playing the saxophone while looking at a control board.

Jason Nolan

Associate Professor and Director: Responsive Ecologies Lab
OfficeBTS 103-N, Bell Trinity Square
Areas of ExpertiseSound and learning; Learning with materials.

I am autistic. I'm also director of both the Responsive Ecologies Lab (RE/Lab) and the Experiential Design and Gaming Environment (EDGE) lab, and associate professor in Early Childhood Studies at Toronto Metropolitan University. I graduated with a PhD in Critical Pedagogy from the University of Toronto in 2001, with a dissertation on virtual learning environments. My work has appeared in journals such as Information, Communication & Society, New Media & Society, Surveillance and Society, and Canadian Children. In 2006, I co-edited The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments (2006). In 2016 I was featured in the CBC TV program "Disrupting Design, external link" focusing on my project Adaptive Design International that I'm starting up in Bolivia.

  • CLD315: Creative Arts II
  • CS8932: Children and Play

Research interests:

  • Sound and learning
  • Learning with materials

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Books (Selected):

  • Weiss, J., Nolan, J., Hunsinger, J., & Trifonas, P. (2006). The international handbook of virtual learning environments. Springer Academic Publishers.

Chapters (Selected):

  • Thumlert, K., & Nolan, J. (2020). Angry noise: Recomposing music pedagogies in indisciplinary modes. In P. Trifonas (Ed.), Handbook of Theory and Research in Cultural Studies and Education. Springer.
  • Cole, J., & Nolan J. (2019). GimpGirl: Insider perspectives on technology and the lives of disabled women. In B. Haller, G. Goggin & K. Ellis (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Disability and Media (pp. 233-242). Routledge.
  • Mann, S., Nolan, J., & Wellman, B. (2018). Sousveillance: Inventing and using wearable computing devices for data collection in surveillance environments. In T. Monahan & D. Murakami Wood (Eds.), Surveillance Studies: A Reader (pp. 347-350). Oxford University Press.
  • McBride, M., & Nolan, J. (2018). Situating olfactory literacies: An intersensory pedagogy by design. In V. Henshaw, K. MacLean, D. Medway, C. Perkins & G. Warnaby (Eds.), Designing with smell: practices, techniques and challenges (pp. 187-196). Routledge.
  • Nolan, J., & McBride, M. (2015). Embodied semiosis: Autistic 'stimming' as sensory praxis. In P. Trifonas, (Ed.), The International Handbook of Semiotics (pp. 1069-1078). Springer.

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