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 Ryerson 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
- Sound and learning
- Learning with materials
- Weiss, J., Nolan, J., Hunsinger, J., & Trifonas, P. (2006). The international handbook of virtual learning environments. Springer Academic Publishers.
- 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.
- Nolan, J., Chan, H., & Thumlert, K. (in press). Together apart: Sound communities in the virtual age of COVID-19. Journal of Music, Health, and Wellbeing.
- Nolan, J. (2020). (Self)Interview with an Autistic: Intrinsic interest and learning with and about music and the missing modality of sound. Canadian Music Educators.
- Thumlert, K., Nolan, J., & Harley, D. (2020). Sound beginnings: Learning, communicating, and making sense with sound. Music Educators Journal, 107(2), 66-69. https://doi.org/10.1177/0027432120952081, external link, opens in new window
- Bellucci, A., Nolan, J., & Di Santo, A. (2018). Research in the wild(s): Opportunities, affordances and constraints doing assistive technology field research in underserved areas. Disability Studies Quarterly, 38(4). https://doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v38i4.5934, external link, opens in new window
- Nolan, J., & McBride, M. (2014). Beyond gamification: reconceptualizing game-based learning in early childhood environments. Information, Communication & Society, 17(5), 594-608. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118x.2013.808365, external link, opens in new window