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Aroutis N. Foster, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
One Drexel Plaza
3001 Market Street
Room 041

Program Affiliation:

M.S., Learning Technologies
Ph.D., Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies


Ph.D., Michigan State University
B.A., City University of New York (CUNY), Brooklyn

Areas of Expertise:

  • Educational Psychology, (Learning and Cognition, Identity Exploration, Motivation, and Play)
  • Educational Technology, (Media Design, Teachers and Technology, Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge (TPACK))
  • Game-Based Learning
  • Digital Media and Learning: Immersive Interactive Digital Environments (e.g. Simulations, Games, Virtual Environments)
  • Identity Motivation and Exploration in Immersive Digital Environments
  • Research Design and Methods

Research Interests:

  • The Human Aspects of Technology and Knowledge: Exploring the cognitive, pedagogical, and experiential affordances of technologies for epistemological advancement and identity exploration.
  • Information Technology Education: Designing, implementing, integrating, and combining technologies for knowledge construction and the exploration of projective identities to possible selves for projective reflection.
  • Model Development and Testing involving game/Immersive environment design and Game-Based Learning to engage learners in formal and informal settings for 21st century learning and civic engagement.

Professional Experience:

  •  Affiliate Faculty for Replay Lab in Digital Media Program & Computer Science Department (2010–present)
  •  Drexel University, School of Education, Assistant Professor, Learning Technologies (2009–present) 
  •  Michigan State University, College of Education, Center for Curriculum Materials in Science, — Research and Teaching Assistant (2003–09) 
  •  ACB Architects & Planners, P.C. (New York, NY), Architectural Design (1999–2003) 


  •  Winter 2012 - Playing to See: A Research and Development Digital Game Based Learning Project with the Barnes Foundation – PIs Aroutis Foster & Jen Katz-Buonincontro. The Barnes Foundation—$245,000.00—(3/13–3/14) 
  •  Fall 2012 - EAGER Proposal for Research in STEM Learning: Research and Development of a Digital Play-Based Platform to Achieve Projective Reflection for 21st Century Learning. PI Aroutis Foster. NSF EAGER Grant—$50,000.00—(9/15/12–8/31/13)—Award #1250243



  • Katz-Buonincontro, J., & Foster, A. (2012). Creating game-based learning: Understanding students’ cultural identity, player styles, and avatar drawings. In D. Ifenthaler, D. Eseryel & X. Ge (Eds.), Assessment in Game-based Learning: Foundations, Innovations, and Perspectives. New York: Springer.
  • Foster, A. (2012). Assessing Learning Games for School Content: Framework and Methodology. In D. Ifenthaler, D. Eseryel & X. Ge (Eds.), Assessment in Game-based Learning: Foundations, Innovations, and Perspectives. New York: Springer.
  • Foster, A., Mishra, P., & Koehler, M. (2011). Digital game analysis: Using the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge framework to determine the affordances of a game for learning. In M. Khine (Ed.), Learning to Play: Exploring the Future of Education with Video Games. New York: Peter Lang Publications.
  • Foster, A. N., & Mishra, P. (2009). Games, claims, genres & learning. In R. E. Ferdig (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Effective Electronic Gaming in Education: Information Science Reference.
National Science Foundation SBE White Paper:
  • Katz-Buonincontro, J., & Foster, A. (2011). A framework for researching student creativity in game-based learning environments. In National Science Foundation (U.S.) (Ed.), NSF 10–069 SBE 2020: Future Research in the Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences.