Linda G. Polin, Ph.D.
Professor and Davidson Endowed Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles; B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
Dr. Linda Polin is the Davidson Professor of Education and Technology in the Education Division of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. She has served for many years as program chair of the doctoral program in learning technologies. Currently she teaches courses in innovation and change, qualitative research methods, knowledge creation and collaboration, and the imagining futures capstone course. In 2011 she received the Howard White Teaching Award. Her research interests focus on learning and knowledge sharing in networked formal and informal communities, currently focusing on massively multiplayer online game players, and large hobby communities. In 2012 she initiated the Minecraft Challenge League, which works with three middle schools and learning technologies doctoral students to explore computational thinking and problem solving within a constructible virtual world.
Polin consults with school districts, universities, and software developers. She is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (AMC) and faculty sponsor of the Pepperdine GSEP student chapter of ACM. Polin is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Division C Learning and Instruction. She enjoys gardening, networked gaming, constructing with Legos and Arduino, and all things Studio Chibli.