Marilyn Ault, Ph.D

Marilyn M. Ault, Ph.D.

Marilyn Ault

Marilyn Ault is a Senior Research Associate. In this capacity she is both director of ALTEC, an educational technology research and development group, and an external evaluator for educational professional development with the Research Collaboration, both divisions of the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning (KU-CRL). She has directed research and technical assistance projects on the integration of technology into secondary and post-secondary education instruction since 1995. This includes research and development projects funded through the US Department of Education, US Department of Labor, US Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Kansas State Department of Education, Kansas Department of Transportation, and the Intel Foundation. She brings experience in large project management and coordination of activities across departments and institutions, particularly educational technology research and development projects. She additionally has experience in the development of online instructional resources, including educational games, as well as the design of active learning spaces, and the instructional integration of technology. More recently she has joined a team to assist the State of Kansas in providing quality professional development for K-12 educators. She provides formative evaluation support using resources developed by Research Collaboration under the direction of Amy Gaumer Erickson, PhD and Pattie Noonan, PhD.

Investigator, The Center for Research on Learning,
Senior Research Associate, Center for Research on Learning ,

Ph.D., Education, University of Kansas, 1981
M.S., Special Education/Severe Disabilities, University of Kansas, 1978
B.A., Psychology, Grinnell College, 1972
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1122 West Campus Road
748 Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Lawrence, Kansas 66045


Research Interests

As Principal Investigator for multiple projects awarded to her through the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, Dr. Ault has been involved in research and development addressing the design and instructional integration of technology since 1995, with an emphasis on the design and delivery of online instructional resources and multiplayer online games. Her role on both research and development projects is to oversee the day-to-day operations of the project, manage the budget, and coordinate all research, development, and reporting. She takes a lead on coordinating activities with the school leadership and teachers, and oversees the integration of content into online resources. She manages the interactions with collaborators, particularly the user-testing in implementation sites. She also takes the lead on coordinating interactions with the consultants and advisors that provide both formative and summative input on project activities.


Craig-Hare, J., Ault, M., & Rowland, A. (in press). The effect of socioscientific topics on discourse within an online game designed to engage middle school students in scientific argumentation. International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology.

Ault, M., Craig-Hare, J., & Frey, B. (2016). The impact of a racing feature on middle school science students’ performance in an educational game. International Journal of Game-Based Learning, 6(3), 18–33. doi:10.4018/IJGBL.2016070102

Ault, M., Craig-Hare, J., Ellis, J. D., Bulgren, J., Kretschmer, I., & Frey, B. B. (2016). Using Reason Racer to support argumentation in middle school science instruction. In M. J. Urban & D. A. Falvo (Eds.), Improving K-12 STEM Education Outcomes through Technological Integration (pp. 399–431). doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-9616-7.ch018

Ault, M., Craig-Hare, J., Frey, B., Ellis, J. D., & Bulgren, J. (2015). The effectiveness of Reason Racer, a game designed to engage middle school students in scientific argumentation. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 47(1), 21–40. doi:10.1080/15391523.2015.967542

Frey, B.B., Ellis, J.D., Bulgren, J.A., Craig Hare, J. & Ault, M. (2015). Development of a test of scientific argumentation. Electronic Journal of Science Education, 19, (4), 1-18.