Matthew X. Curinga

Curriculum Vitae


Summer 2010
Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY
EdD Instructional Technology & Media
Dissertation: Social software and the struggle for freedom
Sponsor: Robbie McClintock
Spring 1999
Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY
MA Computing and Education
Spring 1993
Colby College, Waterville, ME
BA English Literature
AY 1991-1992
University College Cork, Cork City, Ireland
Year Abroad

Academic positions

Adelphi University
Program in Educational Technology, RSA School of Education
Associate Professor, 2016-present
Program Director, 2011-2014, 2016-present
Assistant Professor, 2010-2016
2001, 2007-08
Teachers College Columbia University
Adjunct Instructor

Refereed articles & proceedings

Curinga, M. (2016). The MOOC and the Multitude. Educational Theory, 66(3), 369–387.

De Freitas, E., & Curinga, M. (2015). New materialist approaches to the study of language and identity: Assembling the posthuman subject. Curriculum Inquiry, 45(3), 249–265.

Curinga, M., & Auchter, K. (2015). Designing PyTutor: A Social Tutor to Support Computer Science Education Through Collaborative Study. In Lindwall, P. Häkkinen, T. Koschman, P. Tchounikine, & S. Ludvigsen (Eds.), Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015 (Vol. 2, pp. 833–834). Gothenburg, Sweden: The International Society of the Learning Sciences.

Battaglia, D., Curinga, M., Minicozzi, L., Vaughn-Shavuo, F., McCarthy, M. J., & Zarco, E. (2015). From laptop to tablet: a study of university faculty use of iPads to support instruction. Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 9(2).

Curinga, M. (2014). Critical analysis of interactive media with software affordances. First Monday, 19(9).

Sullivan, I., Garrison, J. R., & Curinga, M. (2011). Wikiotics: the interactive language instruction Wiki. Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration (pp. 223–224).

Book chapters

Curinga, M., & Saravanos, A. (2016). Mobile First Instructional Design. In D. Mentor (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Mobile Learning in Contemporary Classrooms. IGI Global.

Refereed conference papers & presentations

Carlin, M., & Curinga, M. (2017). Educating against capitalism and corporatization through cooperative schooling. Presented at Marx’s Critique of Political Economy and the Global Crisis Today: On the 150th Anniversary of the Publication of Capital, Hofstra University, New York.

Auchter, K., Groves, H., and Curinga, M. (2015). Opening OER to more students through computer supported peer tutoring. The sixth international conference on Open Education, Cardiff, Wales, April 14-15, 2015.

Curinga, M. (2014). Networks, design, and solidarity. The Twelfth Annual Meeting of the Cultural Studies Association (US), Salt Lake City, May 29-31, 2014.

Curinga, M. (2013). The MOOC and the Multitude. The 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Francisco, April 27 - May 1, 2013.

Curinga, M. (2012). Hacking Education, in Symposium Technology to Change Society: What Not to Do. Hackers On Planet Earth: Hope 9, New York City, July 13-15, 2012.

Curinga, M. (2012). To know is not important: Ivan Illich and Jacques Rancière’s relational pedagogy. Presented at The 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, Vancouver, Canada.

Curinga, M. (2011). Building the learning commons: education as the work of producing open learning materials. Mobility shifts: an international future of learning summit. The New School, New York, October 10-16, 2011.

Hoffman, D., Saravanos, A., Hung, A. C. Y. and Curinga, M. (2011). Examining the importance of spatial contiguity and implicit learning in educational game design. Presented at Games+Learning+Society (GLS) 7.0, Madison, WI, June 15-17.

Saravanos, A., & Curinga, M. Lessons learned from using a wiki as a course management system. Presented at The 41st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE). Milwaukee, WI, USA, March 10-13, 2010.

Sullivan, I. and Curinga, M. (2010). Wikiotics language lesson assembly studio. Mozilla Drumbeat Festival: learning, freedom and the web. Barcelona, Spain, November 3-5, 2010.

Saravanos, A., Curinga, M., Saravanos, A., Richards, R., Paek, S., and Kinzer, C. K. (2010). Examining the effects of instructor errors in asynchronous video. The 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, Denver, CO.

Curinga, M. (2009) Wikipedia and Jacques Rancière’s philosophy of radical equality. Proceedings of Wikimania 2009, academic track.

Curinga, M. and Hung, A. C. Y. (2009). Wikipedia and the emancipatory pedagogy of Jacques Rancière. TCETC Conference: Technology, Media and Designs for Learning. Columbia University, New York, May 10-11.

Kleifgen, J., Curinga, M., and Kaun, K. (2008) STEPS to literacy for emergent bilinguals: integrating web-based and curricular support for Latino middle-school writers. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting 2008. San Francisco.

Kleifgen, J., Curinga, M., and Kaun, K. (2007) Multimodal Resources for Writing: Students Taking First STEPS+G. The 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association. Chicago.

Kinzer, C. and Curinga, M. (2007) STEPS+G: A Framework for Multiple Perspectives to Enrich Latino Students’ Academic Writing. The 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association. Chicago.

Arora, P., Curinga, M., and Kaun, K. (2006) STEPS to Literacy: Using First Language to Facilitate Second Language Writing through an Innovative Literacy Software Tool. Association of Latin American Scholars (ALAS) 4th Annual Education Across the Americas Graduate Student Conference. Teachers College, March 31 &; April 1, 2006.

Book Reviews

Curinga, M. (2011). [Review of the book Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia]. Teachers College Record.

Other Talks & Papers

Curinga, M. (2016). Handbook of Research on Mobile Learning in Contemporary Classrooms, with Dominic Mentor & Contributors [panel discussion]. Teachers College, Columbia University. October 24, New York.

Curinga, M. [symposium chair] (2013). The Poverty of Cognitive Capitalism. The 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Francisco, April 27 - May 1, 2013.

Curinga, M. (2013). Learning Management Systems: Moodle and Beyond. The Adelphi University 2013 Teaching, Learning and Technology Conference, April 10, New York.

Curinga, M. & Crowley, J. (2013) [invited speaker]. Encouraging Learner Agency. Hybrid and Online Teaching & Learning Seminar, Adelphi University, New York, January 10 - 17, 2013.

Curinga, M. [panel chair] (2012). The Occupy Movement: Youth Activism and Social Media. Adelphi University Seventh Annual Conference for Peace and Human Rights, Adelphi University, New York, March 29-30.

Curinga, M. [discussant] (2011). Fusing Technology With Instruction: Finding Ways to Make Technology Effective for Learning. Symposium at the AERA Annual Meeting 2011. New Orleans.

Curinga, M. (2011). Teaching the Foundations of Open Education. Wikipedia Day 10th Birthday Celebration and Mini-Conference, New York University, New York, January 15, 2011.

Curinga, M. [panelist] (2010). Pedagogical freedom. DebConf10: Debian, Free Software, and Education. New York, August 1-7, 2010.

Curinga, M. (2009). Education – Software – Freedom. Invited lecture, EdLab Seminar, Columbia University, New York. May 13, 2009.

Curinga, M. (2006). The STEPS+G and CTELL technical architectures: possibilities for building interactive language software. Paper presentation at the Second International Roundtable on Digital Language Learning. Tamkang University, Taiwan, December 12-13, 2006.

Curinga, M. (2001). [panelist] Wireless Stimulants: BREW and Wireless Java. CTIA Wireless & Internet Conference, San Diego, September 10, 2001.

White papers, working papers, technical reports, etc

Curinga, M. and Timlaris, L. (2010). Technology and Education Transformation. Technical report prepared for the Intel Strategy, Research and Assessment Team.

Curinga, M. (2010). Mobile Learning. Technical report prepared for the Intel Strategy, Research and Assessment Team.

Curinga, M. (2010). Education and the Semantic Web. Technical report prepared for the Intel Strategy, Research and Assessment Team.

Curinga, M. (2009). Web 2.0 and Learning: a review of literature. Technical report prepared for the Intel Strategy, Research and Assessment Team.

Software works

PyTutor—a social tutoring/peer-learning approach to online computer science education.
Lead developer/architect.
Wikiotics, Free/Open language learning wiki.
Instructional design, curriculum development, software architecture.
Brainscape—Mobile & Web Study Platform
Lead developer
RewardTV—Gamified Media/Market Research Platform
Lead Programmer
Research Survey System—Survey Authoring and Data-Analytics Collection Tool
Principal architect
mLogic—Crisp Wireless’ mobile apps authoring platform
Co-founder, Chief Technical Officer
RunTime—Web Content Management System
Software engineer

Grants & Funded Research

Computational number sense in middle school mathematics: Creative approaches to algorithmic problem solving
$835,008, unfunded, National Science Foundation
co-PIs, Elizabeth de Freitas, Lee Stemkoski, Matthew X. Curinga, Dominic Klyve, Rebecca Rufo-Tepper
Algorithms, accountability and the ethics of education research: Interrogating digital research methods
$34,800, unfunded, AERA Educational Research Conference Proposal
chair, Elizabeth de Freitas
co-PIs, Matthew X. Curinga, Stephanie Daza, Ezekiel Dixon-Román, & Patti Lather
Mobile Cases for Peer-to-peer learning
$1,500,000, unfunded Institute for Educational Studies proposal
Robotics for Programming
$1,380, granted Feb. 21, 2011
Principal Investigator, Adelphi University Instructional Technology Grant
Wikiotics Design Research
$3,440, granted Feb. 2, 2011
Principal Investigator, Adelphi University Faculty Development Grant

Courses Taught

Course Format(s)
Adelphi University, Dept of Math & Comp Science
Computer Programming for Non-Majors (undergraduate) traditional
Introduction to Computer Programming traditional
Adelphi University, School of Education
Web Based Programming of Educational Media online, traditional
Educational Information Systems & Networks traditional
Digital Literacies traditional
Foundations of Open Education hybrid
Educators Multimedia Studio hybrid
Research & Evaluation of Ed Tech traditional
School-based practicum in Ed Tech hybrid
Philosophy of Visual Media online
Mobile Learning hybrid
Teaching with Social Media online
Learning with video games traditional
Community, Schools, & Society (undergraduate) traditional
Technology and Instruction traditional
Teachers College, Columbia University
Object Oriented Programming traditional
Introduction to Computers, Language, and Literacy, co-taught with Jo Anne Kleifgen traditional
Data Driven Website Development traditional

Integrative Masters Projects (directed)

Spring 2016
C. Correa & J. Trask, “Investigation of video conferencing software to support synchronous online learning”
Fall 2015
A. Lynch, “Spanish multimedia language learning and peer exchanges”
Summer 2015
K. Hart, “HCI and user experience in scholarly search systems”
L. Dumitrescu, “Universal Design for Learning in Massive Open Online Courses”
J. Diaz, “A MOOC for high school history”
Summer 2014
S. Bogdanov, “MobiLit: an information literacy mobile game for learning”
T. Jennings, “Linking physical and virtual learning environments”
Spring 2014
A. Fleurimond, “Computer programming for educators: a proposition for the inclusion of computational thinking in teacher preparation programs and professional development”

Undergraduate Honors Theses (reader)

Spring 2014
“The millennial epistemology: Viralism”
Spring 2013
“How video games change the brain and influence behavior”

Work Experience

Professional software development

Brainscape, New York, NY
Lead Software Developer
Nielsen IAG, New York, NY
Lead Programmer, Web Applications
Crisp Wireless, New York, NY
Co-founder, Chief Technical Officer
Sohonet (now RunTime Technologies), New York, NY

K-12 Education

Computer Curriculum Corporation (now Pearson Education), New York, NY
Educational Technology Consultant, Public School District 32, Brooklyn
Fall 1996
Alternative Education Center, Guatemala City, Guatemala
ESL Teacher (grades 9-12)
Teach For America, Los Angeles, Houston, Arkansas
Corps Member, Curriculum Consultant and Instructor for Summer Institute
Grady Public Schools, Grady, AR
Bilingual/ESL Teacher (P-12), District Migrant Education Coordinator

Professional service & Volunteer Work

Zero Day Camp (non-profit organization)
co-founder, Board of Directors
Wikiotics Foundation (non-profit organization), Board of Directors (member)
Teunis G. Bergen Public School 9, Brooklyn, NY
Bilingual Education & Technology Advisor
JCEPS: Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, Advisory Board (member)
Advisory Board (member)
Edu4, Technology Working Group (facilitator)
spaces e-journal of arts and humanities, Teachers College, New York, NY
Editorial Board
ContentBank, The Children’s Partnership, New York, NY
Technology Advisor
Playing2Win Community Technology Center, Harlem, NY
Volunteer Teacher: Computer Programming and New Media Production
First Baptist Church, Grady, AR
Volunteer Adult ESL Instructor


Python, Javascript, Java, Android, SQL, PHP, LISP, C++
English, Spanish, intermediate Italian