• Pinkard, N., Erete, S., Martin, C., McKinney, M. (under review) “Digital Divas: exploring narratives as a vehicle for contextualizing and triggering middle school girls’ sustained interest in computational making activities.” Journal of Learning Sciences.


  • Martin, C.K., Nacu, D.C., Pinkard, N.D. & Acholonu, U. (2015, April). Using a networked community to support equitable access to computational learning: The Digital Divas. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Martin, C.K., Nacu, D., Acholonu, U., Erete, S., Madison-Boyd, S., Roberson, A., & Sandherr, J. (2015). Intentional and Inclusive Design to Create Social-Technical Learning Systems. Panel at the Digital Media and Learning Conference, Los Angeles, CA, June 11 – 13, 2015.


  • Sandherr, J., Roberson, A., Martin, C.K., Nacu, D., Acholonu, U. (2014). Distributed Mentorship: Increasing and Diversifying Youth Access to Learning Networks. Panel at the 6th annual Digital Media and Learning Conference, Boston, MA, March 7 – 9, 2014.
  • Spears, J., Erete, S., “‘I have nothing to hide; thus nothing to fear': Defining a Framework for Examining the ‘Nothing to Hide’ Persona.” Workshop on Privacy Personas and Segmentation at the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS), Menlo Park, CA, 2014.


  • Parker, J., Arya, D., Stornaiuolo, A., Pinkard, N., Nacu, D., Reilly, E. (2013, March) Social Networks as Educational Spaces: Exploring Youth Opportunities for Connected Learning. Presentation at the Digital Media and Learning Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Nacu, D., Pinkard, N., Martin C., & Gray, T. (2013, accepted, in preparation). Analyzing Educators’ Online Interactions: A Framework of Online Learning Support Roles. Special issue of Learning, Media and Technology on Digital Media and Data: Using and designing technologies to support learning in practice.
  • Nacu, D., Pinkard, N., Martin C., & Gray, T. (2013) Educator roles that support students in online environments. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning in June 2013. PDF


  • Nacu, D., Pinkard, N, Schmidt, R., Larson, K. (2012, March) Remixing iRemix: Data Visualizations to Understand Learning and Development in Online Social Learning Networks. Presentation at the Digital Media and Learning Conference, San Francisco, CA. PDF
  • Metzger, M., Lewis, D.A., Lewis, S. “The New Political Voice of Young Americans: Preliminary Findings from the Northwestern Civic Engagement Study” 2012 MPSA National Conference, Chicago, IL, 2012.


  • Austin, K., Ehrlich, S. B., Puckett, C. & Singleton, J. with Susan E. Sporte, Penny Bender Sebring, Denise Nacu, and Eric Brown. (2011). YOUmedia Chicago: Digital Literacy for Teens at the Library, A Snapshot of Year One. Consortium on Chicago School Research. PDF
  • Lewis, S. “Designing Technology that Supports Community-based Alternative Policing Strategies.” ACM Communities and Technologies Doctoral Consortium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 2011.


  • Lewis, S. “Exploring the Role of Technology in Family Communication About Safety.” GROUP Connecting Families Workshop. Sanibel, FL, 2010.



  • Shapiro, R. B., Gomez L. M, & Nacu, D. C. (2008). SPACE: Online tools for supporting formative instruction. In Proceedings of the 8th international conference on International Conference for the Learning Sciences (pp. 125-127). Utrecht, The Netherlands: International Society of the Learning Sciences.PDF


  • Nacu, D. Walker, L., Pinkard, N., Whitcomb, J., Beardsley, S., Austin, K. (2007, April). Case Study of ePortfolio: Design Activity to Build an Instructional Core for Evidence-based Practice. Paper presented at the symposium “Reshaping Schools toward Evidence-Based Cultures: Learning through Design” at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL. PDF


  • Nacu, D. C. and Pinkard, N. (2006, April). Developing a Framework for the Design of Tools and Visualizations to Support Evidence-Based Practice. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA. Paper | Poster
  • Singhal, K., Adams, S., Lewis, S., Gov, S. “A Tale of Alderwood: Visualizing Relationships in a Diverse Data Collection.” Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Symposium on Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST). Baltimore, MD, 2006.


  • Nacu, D.C. (2004). Fostering reflection and social support in design critiques. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. PDF


  • Joseph, D. & Nacu, D. C. (2003). Designing interesting learning environments when the medium isn’t enough. Convergence 9(2): 84-115. PDF


  • Conanan, D. (2001, April). Considering Aspects of Social Context in the Design of Online Learning Environments to Support Critique: A Study of Studio Zone. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Seattle, WA. PDF