Regina Kaplan-Rakowski

Regina Kaplan-Rakowski

Lecturer & Director of Masters of Science Program


Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (2016)

  • Curriculum and Instruction, Learning Systems Design & Technology

M.A., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (2006)

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

M.Ed., Pedagogical University, Cracow (2001)

  • European Studies

Research Interests

immersive learning environments (virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, virtual worlds), online teaching/learning, artificial intelligence, computer-assisted language learning, mobile learning, 3D visualizations of learning content, multimedia learning, emerging technologies, performance anxiety, second language acquisition, vocabulary teaching/learning, wellness/mindfulness 

Recent Publications

  • Ferdig, R. E., Baumgartner, E., Hartshorne, R., Kaplan-Rakowski, R., & Mouza, C. (Eds.) (2020). Teaching, Technology, and Teacher Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Stories from the Field. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Available at:

  • Hartshorne, R., Baumgartner, E., Kaplan-Rakowski, R., Mouza, C., & Ferdig, R. E. (2020). Special Issue Editorial: Preservice and Inservice Professional Development During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 28 (2), pp. 137-147. Available online at: 

  • Gruber, A, & Kaplan-Rakowski, R.  (2020).  User experience of virtual reality public speaking practice.  In R. Zheng (Ed.), Cognitive and affective perspectives on immersive technology in education.  IGI Global. 

  • Kaplan-Rakowski, R., & Loranc-Paszylk, B. (2019). The impact of verbal and nonverbal auditory resources on explicit foreign language vocabulary learning. System, 85, 12114. [h5-index = 40] 

  • Kaplan-Rakowski, R. (2019). The effect of stereoscopic three-dimensional images on vocabulary learning. Contemporary Educational Technology, 10(4), 324-337.  [h5-index = 18] 

  • Kaplan-Rakowski, R., & Meseberg, K. (2019). Immersive media and their future. In R.M. Branch et al. (Eds.), Educational Media and Technology Yearbook (Vol. 42, pp. 143-153). Springer. 

  • Kaplan-Rakowski, R., & Gruber, A.  (2019).  Low-immersion versus high-immersion virtual reality: Definitions, classification, and examples with a foreign language focus.  In Innovation in Language Learning Conference Proceedings 2019 (pp. 552-555).  Florence, Italy: Pixel.