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Florence Martin

Professor of Learning, Design and Technology and Program Coordinator for the Learning, Design and Technology Doctoral Concentration


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Dr. Florence Martin is a Professor in Learning, Design and Technology at North Carolina State University. She also serves as the program coordinator for the Learning, Design and Technology doctoral concentration of the TELS PhD program. She received her Doctorate and Master’s degrees in Educational Technology from Arizona State University. Prior to her current position, she was a Full Professor at University of North Carolina Charlotte and a tenured Associate Professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington for 15 years. She has worked on instructional design projects for Shoolini University, Viridis Learning, Maricopa Community College District, University of Phoenix, Intel, Cisco Learning Institute, and Arizona State University and taught online for  Walden University.


Dr. Martin engages in research to create transformative learning experiences through effective design and integration of digital teaching and learning innovations. In recent years, she has researched on the design of digital and online learning environments, and cybersecurity education. She has published the results of her research in several leading journals including Educational Technology Research and Development, Computers and Education, British Journal of Educational Technology, Internet and Higher Education, Educational Research Review, American Journal of Distance Education and Educational Technology & Society. She has received over 2 million dollars in funding from the National Science Foundation for her research. Her research has resulted in over 115 publications and 175 presentations.


Dr. Martin served as the President of Multimedia Production Division in 2012-2013 and as the President of the Division of Distance Learning in 2017-2018 for Association for Educational Communications and Technology. She also served as the Vice President for Marketing and Communications with ISPI Charlotte and as Director-at-Large for International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction. She is currently serving as the AERA Division C Section Chair for Engineering and Computer Science, and on the board for North Carolina Virtual Public Schools and as a Senior Associate Editor for Online Learning Journal. She has won awards for teaching, research and service from Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), Online Learning Consortium (OLC), United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), and Professional, Continuing and Online Education Association (UPCEA).

Courses Taught

Dr. Martin teaches courses on Learning, Design and Technology 100% online and has received Quality Matters Certification for nine of her courses.

ECI 515: Cultural Investigations and Technical Representations in Education
ECI 517: Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Learning Environments
ECI 716: Design and Evaluation of Instructional Materials
ECI 722: Theory and Research in Distance Education

Active Funded Projects

GenCyberPack: Professional Development for Middle and High School Teachers on Cybersecurity
Martin, F., Ansu, A., Davis, R. [Principal Investigator](2023-2024).
National Security Agency, $150,000
Project Website:

Advancing Cybersecurity and Privacy of Educational Technologies Used in K-12 schools
Martin, F., Wang, W., & Byker, E. [Principal Investigator](2021-2024).
National Science Foundation, SATC:EDU, $499,971
Project Website:
Transferred to North Carolina State University -$413,141.00 – NSF Award # 2309400

Digital Safety Immersion for Elementary School Students
Martin, F., Polly, D. & Wang, W. [Principal Investigator] (2020-2023)
National Science Foundation, SATC:EDU, $399,999
Project Website:
Transferred to North Carolina State University – $125,843 NSF Award – #2319015

Keeping Students Safe in the Digital World: Examining Monitoring Technologies Used by K-12 Schools During the Pandemic.
Martin, F., Wang, W., Foxx, S., Edwards, C., & Davis, R. [Principal Investigator] (2022-2024).
North Carolina Collaboratory.Covid-19 Learning Impact Program. $297,953
Project Website:
NC Collaboratory Award


Doctor of Philosophy Educational Technology Arizona State University 2005

Master of Education Educational Technology Arizona State University 2003

Bachelor of Engineering Electronics and Communication Bharathiyar University 2000

Area(s) of Expertise

Educational Technology; Online and Digital Learning; Cybersecurity Education


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  • The Mildred B. and Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Writer/Scholar in Distance Education, UPCEA 2023, Systematic Review of Accessibility in Online Courses
  • Cato College of Education Distinguished Faculty Award, 2022, University of North Carolina Charlotte