Research & Theory
Professional Development Coordinator
University of South Carolina
Lucas Vasconcelos is an Assistant Professor of Learning Design and Technologies at the University of South Carolina. His research agenda is at the intersection of educational technology, computer science education, and science education. He researches preservice teachersí experiences coding science simulations, assembling and coding educational robots, and employing cognitive strategies to debug block-based code errors. More recently, Lucas started a research project to investigate stereotypes as a factors that prevent minorities (e.g. females, racial minorities) from joining Computer Science and other STEM fields.
Lucas has served AECT in several capacities, including but not limited to full-time convention volunteer, conference proposal reviewer, graduate student division representative for the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) and the Distance Learning Division, coordinator of the GSA logo competition, and co-organizer of the first timerís reception. Lucasís leadership within AECT was recognized in 2018 with the Earl F. Strohbehn Internship Award. Since then, Lucas has continued to demonstrate leadership and service to AECT while mentoring the 2020 Addie Kinsinger Leadership Development Interns and contributing to the Leadership Development Committee.
Lucas has served the Research and Theory Division as Secretary (2020-2021), and he currently holds the Featured Research Coordinator position (2021-2022). Through service in these positions, Lucas has gained in-depth knowledge of the division's goals and processes, and he feels prepared and energized to take on the three-year position as Professional Development Coordinator.