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Associate Professor of Distance Learning (LPAHE), Primary Area Faculty Member with Human Factors & Ergonomics (Psychology), Affiliated Faculty Member with Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media (English and Communication), and Affiliated Faculty Member with the Digital Games Research Center (Computer Science) at NC State University. Mehlenbacher teaches graduate courses on instruction and learning with technology, games and learning design, and Web-based instruction. He earned his BA and MA at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) and his PhD in rhetoric and document design at Carnegie Mellon University.
Mehlenbacher is author of the award-winning National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) 2012 Best Book in Technical and Scientific Communication, Instruction and Technology: Designs for Everyday Learning (MIT Press, 2010), co-author of Online Help: Design and Evaluation (Ablex, 1993), and has chapters in Assessment Strategies for the Online Learner (Jossey-Bass), The Human-Computer Interaction Handbook (Lawrence Erlbaum), Innovative Approaches to Teaching Technical Writing (Utah State UP), The Society of Text (MIT Press), The Computer Science and Engineering Handbook (CRC Press), and the 1997 NCTE award-winning Computers and Technical Communication (Ablex Press).
Mehlenbacher is Past Chair of the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication (ACM SIGDOC). At NC State, he has served as usability consultant for the previous and the new NC State Website, and has consulted for numerous institutions, including the Computer Science Department, Engineering Design Research Center, and Communications Design Center at Carnegie Mellon; the Centre for Professional Writing at the University of Waterloo; Apple Computer; Bell-Northern Research; Hewlett Packard; SAS Institute; Digital Equipment Corporation; IBM-Toronto; and IBM-RTP.
PhD, Rhetoric and Document Design, Carnegie Mellon University
MA, English Co-Op, University of Waterloo
BA, Honors English Co-Op, University of Waterloo
Current Research Projects:
Zaharias and Mehlenbacher (2012) just completed a Special Issue on Usability Design for Learning and Education in Virtual Worlds in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 70 (7), 475-476. Brad is also reading and writing a lot about social media, instruction, and learning and about the implications of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on higher education.
Mehlenbacher's research interest is in studying the multidisciplinary relationship between the learning sciences, communication design, educational technologies, rhetorical theory, and human-computer interaction as they relate to instruction and learning with technology.
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