Jason Morphew

Visiting Assistant Professor
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Dr. Jason Morphew is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. His research is multidisciplinary, spanning Engineering education, discipline-based education, cognitive psychology, and technology. He has contributed to research in a number of areas important to learning in science, engineering, and math disciplines including embodied cognition, metacognition, self-regulated learning, augmented-reality enhanced learning environments, and computer-adaptive assessment.

Dr. Morphew is passionate about teaching students. He believes that learning is a constructive process where students actively integrate new experiences with existing knowledge, beliefs, and conceptual understanding through authentic participation. Because of this he approaches teaching and mentoring individually, meeting each student where they are at, to help them achieve their individual goals.

When not working, Dr. Morphew enjoys hiking, kayaking, cooking, and playing with his children.


Lincoln, NE USA


Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S. Educational Psychology, Wichita State University
B.S. Natural Science Education, University of Nebraska

Selected Publications

Lindgren, R, Morphew, J.W., Kang, J., & Junokas, M.J. (2019). An embodied cyberlearning platform for gestural interaction with cross-cutting science concepts. Mind, Brain, and Education, 13, 53-61.

Morphew, J.W., Mestre, J.P., Chang, H-H., Kang, H-A., & Fabry, G. (2018). Using computer adaptive testing to assess physics proficiency and improve exam performance in an introductory physics course. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 14, 020110. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.14.020110

Nip, T., Gunter, E. L., Herman, G., Morphew, J. W., & West, M. (2018). Using a computer-based testing facility to improve student learning in a programming languages and compilers course. In Proceedings of the ACM Special Interests Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE ’18). Baltimore, MD. DOI: 10.1145/3159450.3159500.

Junokas, M.J., Lindgren, R., Kang, J., & Morphew, J.W. (2018). Enhancing multimodal learning through personalized gesture recognition. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 34, 350-357. DOI: 10.1111/jcal.12262

Mestre, J.P., & Morphew, J.W. (2017). New wine in old bottles: “Repurposed” methodologies for studying expertise in physics. In B.H. Ross (Ed.), The psychology of learning and motivation (Vol 67, pp. 1-34). New York: Academic Press.

Morphew, J.W., Mestre, J.P., Ross, B.H., & Strand, N.E. (2015). Do experts and novices direct attention differently in examining physics diagrams? A study of change detection using the flicker technique. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 11(2), 020104. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.11.020104.

Awards, Honors, Achievements, & Memberships

  • Recipient of the William Chandler Bagley Doctoral Scholarship (2017).
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA), Member
  • National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Member
  • National Consortium for Instruction and Cognition (NCIC), Member
  • American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), Member