Dave Edyburn

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Dave L. Edyburn, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Exceptional Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Edyburn’s teaching and research interests focus on the use of technology to enhance teaching, learning, and performance. He has authored over 150 articles and book chapters on the use of technology in special education. He is the current editor of the Journal of Research on Technology in Education. He is an Advisor for the National Center for Universal Design for Learning. He is the Past President of the Special Education Technology Special Interest Group (SETSIG) in the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) as well as a past president of the Technology and Media (TAM) Division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Dave earned his Ph.D. in special education from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He has classroom teaching experience in both learning disabilities and behaviour disorders at the middle school and secondary levels.

Dave’s teaching and research interests focus on the use of technology to enhance teaching, learning, and performance. He is a frequent conference presenter and national workshop leader. Dave’s main website can be found here.


Conference Presentations

Closing the Gap – Minneapolis, USA October 2013


Collegial Conversation about Special Education Technology Research

The New Common Core State Standards Assessments: What You Need to Know


Building Bridges Assistive Technology Conference – Iowa USA April 2013

Keynote Presenter

Leading & Learning Conference – Alberta CANADA November 2012

Universal Design for Learning & Differentiated Instruction: Strategies for Supporting the Academic Success of Diverse Students

Celebrating the Challenges Special Education Conference – Kananaskis CANADA October 2012

Designing UDL Interventions

Personalization Technologies / Diverse Learners and UDL

Closing the Gap – Minnesota USA October 2012

Quantifying the Benefits of Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning Intervention

A Missing Component of Assistive Technology Consideration

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention & Expo – Colorado USA April 2012

Current and Future Innovations


UNESCO Headquarters – Paris FRANCE November 2011

Accessible ICTs and Personalized Learning for Students with Disabilities: A Dialogue among Educators, Industry, Government and Civil Society

NETA Spring Conference – Nebraska USA April 2009

Ten Tools for Struggling Students in Every Classroom

Designing Learning Activities to Support Diverse Learners

Textbooks, the Students Who Can’t Read Them, and What To Do About It

Technology Tools for Student Researchers



Publications and much more

What have We Learnt Lately – Annual Review

Dave’s “What have We Learnt Lately” annual review is highly regarded and very useful for teachers wanting a ‘quick access’ to what the research says.


Inclusive technologies: Tools for helping diverse learners achieve academic success.   Edyburn, D.L. (2013).  San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Handbook of Special Education Technology Research and Practice – Edited by Dave Edyburn, Kyle Higgins, and Randall Boone. For content information click here.

Editor and publisher of Special Education Technology Practice Journal

Editor ISTE’s Journal of Research on Technology in Education 

Maps of the Special Education Technology Literature

The Evidence Base

SETP readers may be familiar with Dave’s annual review of the literature that was published for many years in the Journal of Special Education Technology. The map is a new tactic to try and help special education technology leaders stay up-to-date on the latest advances in our profession.

Links and Professional Organisations

Dave has his own company and is also actively involved in numerous professional organisations:

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

• Special Education Technology Special Interest Group

- Past-President (2010-2011)

- President (2009-2010)

- President-Elect (2008-2009)

- Founding President (2001-2002)

American Education Research Association (AERA)

• Special Interest Group – Online Teaching and Learning

- Chair (2010-Present)

- Program Chair (2008-2010)

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

• Pioneers Division

• Technology and Media Division

- Chair, Publications Committee (1997-2001)

- President (1995-1997)

- Conference Chair (1995-1996)

• Teacher Education Division

- Chair, Audit Committee (2007-2011)

- Chair, Publications Committee (1992-1995)

YouTube and Videos


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