Erin Besser

Erin Besser

Learning Design & Technology
Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Dr. Besser is currently is an Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator for the M.Ed. in Educational Technology at the University of South Carolina Aiken. Her research interests include the intersection of collaborative instruction and mobile learning, instructional feedback, digital badges, and technology integration within teacher education. Currently she is exploring research surrounding instructional feedback in online settings. As well as, how digital badges can support educational technology and instructional design skills and knowledge.


Ph.D. in Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University, 2016

M.A. in Educational Technology, Azusa Pacific University, 2008

B.A. in Liberal Studies, California State University, Sacramento, 2004

California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, 2004-present

Select Publications

Besser, E.D. & Newby, T.J. (accepted with revisions). Exploring the role of feedback and its impact within a digital badge system from student perspectives. Tech Trends.

Ruppert, N., Coleman, B. & Besser, E.D. (2018). Strategies to Integrate the Arts in Geometry for Middle Grades. South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education.

Koehler-Blair, A.A., Besser, E.D., & Richardson, J.C. (in press). Amelia Kelly, Sara Brody & Andrea Huffman: Armed Forces Family Support Center Case. In The ID CaseBook: Case Studies in Instructional Design.

Besser, E.D, (2017). Let’s Work Together: Mobile Apps for Collaborative Instruction. South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education.

Cheng, L., Yang, S. & Besser, E, (2017). Vocabulary instruction and dialogic reading: How to use electronic storybooks with preschool English language learners. SAGE Research Methods Cases. 10.4135/9781473972865


Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Educational Technology, University of South Carolina Aiken, 2016 - present

Elementary school teacher

Professional Memberships

Association for Educational Communication & Technology (AECT)

American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Courses Taught

EDCI 56000
EDCI 57700
EDCI 60001
EDCI 67200