Learning and Instruction
Mathew  Mitchell

Mathew Mitchell, Ph.D.

Professor, Learning and Instruction; Co-Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

Dr. Mitchell started working at USF in 1992 in the Learning and Instruction doctoral program. He teaches a wide range of courses: Applied Statistics, Cognitive Psychology, Multimedia Learning, Motivation, and Creativity. With the advent of the Digital Technologies for Teaching and Learning online program he will be teaching 2 of the 10 courses in this new program.

Dr. Mitchell has been involved with integrating technology into the student learning experience for many years. He received the first "Grand Award" for technology innovation given by the CIT in 2003. In 2011 Tracy Seeley (English Department) and Mathew were asked to help create a new Center for Teaching Excellence at USF. In 2012 the Center opened and is growing rapidly to meet a wide range of faculty development needs including how to better integrate technology into the learning experience.

For the past decade, however, he has focused almost exclusively on issues surrounding the effective use of multimedia learning. As an educator he has an experienced background flipping courses, creating multimedia-based presentations, and designing e-learning experiences.


Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Administrative Appointments

Co-Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

Research Areas

Learning strategies
Multimedia learning
Mathematics education
Student motivation to learn

Courses Offered
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Motivation
  • Multimedia Learning
  • Creativity
  • Applied Educational Statistics
Mitchell, M. (2005). Student-generated multimedia. In C. Howard, J. Botcher, L. Justice, K. Schenk, P. Rogers, & G.A. Berg (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Distance Learning (1693-1702). Hershey, PA: IDEA Group.

Mitchell, M. (2004). Making educational multimedia. San Francisco, CA: Author.

Mitchell, M. (2003). Constructing multimedia: Benefits of student-generated multimedia on learning. Interactive Multimedia Electronic Journal of Computer-Enhanced Learning, 5(1). Accessed at imej.wfu.edu/ar­ticles.

Mitchell, M. (2002). Constructing analysis of variance (ANOVA). Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 21(4), 381-410.

Mitchell, M. (2000). Listening to creativity: Conversations with performing artists in the Bay Area. San Francisco, CA: Author.

Mitchell, M. (2000). Excel to the rescue: A guide describing the what, when, where, how, and whys for using Microsoft Excel as an educational tool. San Francisco, CA: Author.

Mitchell, M. (2000). Acrobat to the rescue. San Francisco, CA: Author.

Mitchell, M. (1999). Mastermind mathematics: Logic, strategies, and proofs. Berkeley, CA: Key Curriculum Press.

Mitchell, M. (1997). The use of spreadsheets in constructing statistical understanding. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 16(2/3), 201-222.