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Barry J. Fishman

Professor, Marsal Family School of Education; Professor, School of Information


(734) 647-8027


4435 North Quad

Barry Fishman serves as the inaugural Chair of the Learning, Equity, and Problem Solving for the Public Good (LEAPS) undergraduate program. His research focuses on the design of transformative learning environments, the role of technology in learning, the design of grading and assessment systems that promote engagement, and the development of usable, scalable, and sustainable learning innovations through design-based implementation research. He is the co-creator of GradeCraft, a game-inspired learning management system.

Dr. Fishman is a Fellow of the International Society of the Learning Sciences and a Fellow of the International Society for Design and Development in Education. He was co-author of the Obama Administration’s 2010 U.S. National Educational Technology Plan. 

In 2017, Dr. Fishman was named the Michigan Association of State Universities “Distinguished Professor of the Year.” He received the 2016 “Campus Technology Innovator of the Year Award” for work with GradeCraft, was the 2010 recipient of the Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize, the 2003 Pattishall Junior Faculty Research Award, and was the 2001 recipient of the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies from the American Educational Research Association.

Dr. Fishman received his A.B. from Brown University in English and American Literature in 1989, his M.S. from Indiana University in Instructional Systems Technology in 1992, and his Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University in 1996.

Selected Publications

"Organizing research and development at the intersection of learning, implementation, and design." 

Penuel, W. R., Fishman, B., Cheng, B. H., & Sabelli, N. (2011). Educational Researcher, 40(7), 331-337. DOI: 10.3102/0013189X11421826.

"What happens when the research ends? Factors related to the sustainability of a technology-infused mathematics curriculum."

Fishman, B.J., Penuel, W.J., Hegedus, S., & Roschelle, J. (2011). Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 30(4), 329-353.

"What makes professional development effective?  Strategies that foster curriculum implementation."

Penuel, W. R., Fishman, B., Yamaguchi, R., & Gallagher, L. (2007). American Educational Research Journal, 44(4), 921-958.

"Algorithm-guided individualized instruction." 

Connor, C. M., Morrison, F. J., Fishman, B., Schatschneider, C., & Underwood, P. (2007, January 26). Science, 315, 464-465.

"Creating a framework for research on systemic technology innovations." 

Fishman, B., Marx, R., Blumenfeld, P., Krajcik, J. S., & Soloway, E. (2004). Journal of the Learning Sciences, 13(1), 43-76.

"Linking teacher and student learning to improve professional development in systemic reform."

Fishman, B., Marx, R., Best, S., & Tal, R. (2003). Teaching and Teacher Education, 19(6), 643-658.