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Dr. Dave Edyburn

Senior Research Scientist and Professor Emeritus
Dave Edyburn

Enderis Hall

Dave L. Edyburn, Ph.D., is Senior Research Scientist and Professor Emeritus. For many years he was a faculty member in the Department of Exceptional Education with a joint appointment in the Department of Occupational Science and Technology. Most recently he served as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Community Innovation and Education at the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Edyburn’s research and teaching interests focus on the use of technology to enhance teaching, learning, and performance; the nexus of human and machine learning; special education technology research; and universal design for learning.

He has authored over 175 articles and book chapters on the use of technology in special education. His work represents a variety of contributions to theory, research, and practice. He has secured over $7.4 million dollars of federal, state, and foundation funding for research, development, personnel preparation, and model demonstration projects.

Professionally, he has held national offices in the American Education Research Association, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the International Society of Technology in Education. During 2021 he serves as President of the Pioneers Division of the Council for Exceptional Children.

Dr. Edyburn has served as Editor of numerous professional journals, including: Journal of Research in Education, Learning Disability Quarterly, Remedial and Special Education, Special Education Technology Practice, and Teaching Exceptional Children. He is the Guest Editor for an upcoming special issue of Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits: ATOB

His other interests include long distance running and BBQ. He has completed a number of marathons and ultra-marathons and he is a master certified BBQ judge for the Kansas City Barbecue Society.

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Research Interests

Applications of technology that enhance teaching, learning, and performance
Nexus of human and machine learning
Special education technology research
Universal design for learning


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MSEd., Illinois State University
BSEd., Illinois State University


Recent Books

Edyburn, D.L. (2019). Inclusive technologies: Tools for helping diverse learners achieve academic success (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Edyburn, D. L. (2019). App development for individuals with disabilities: Insights for developers and entrepreneurs. Oviedo, FL: Knowledge by Design.

Recent Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Edyburn, D. (2021). Transforming student engagement in COVID-19 remote instruction: a research perspective. Educational Technology Research and Development, 69, 113–116.

Edyburn, D. (2021). Universal usability and universal design for learning. Intervention in School and Clinic, 56(5), 310–315.

Edyburn, K., & Edyburn, D. (2021). Classroom menus for supporting the academic success of diverse learners. Intervention in School and Clinic, 56(4), 243-249.

Edyburn, D. (2020). Four types of literature reviews relevant for assistive technology research professionals. Closing the Gap, 39(4), 3-6.

Rao, K., Ok, M.W., Smith, S.J., Evemenova, A., & Edyburn, D. (2020). Validation of the UDL reporting criteria with extant UDL research. Remedial and Special Education, 41(4), 219-230.

Edyburn. D.L. (2020). Universal design for learning and the landfill of revolutionary educational innovations. In S.L. Gronseth & E.M. Dalton (Eds.), Universal access through inclusive instructional design: International perspectives on UDL (pp. 332-342). NY: Routledge.

Edyburn, D. L. (2019). The value of app development in special education. In D. L. Edyburn (Ed.), App development for individuals with disabilities: Insights for developers and entrepreneurs, (pp. 1-7). Oviedo, FL: Knowledge by Design.

Edyburn, D. (2019). Understanding the use of the WriQ Score (Texthelp White Paper). Retrieved from

Edyburn, D.L., Rao, K., & Hariharan, P. (2017). Technological practices supporting diverse students in inclusive settings. In M.T. Hughes and E. Talbott (Eds.), The Wiley Handbook of Research on Diversity in Special Education (pp. 357-378). NY: John Wiley and Sons.

Bull, G., Thompson, A.D., Schmidt-Crawford, D., Garofalo, J., Hodges, C.B., Spector, J.M., Ferdig, R.E., Edyburn, D., & inshuk (2016). Evaluating the impact of educational technology. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 32(4), 117-118.

Edyburn, D.L. (2014). Connecting the dots: Technology trends that could significantly alter the future of special education. In J. McLeskey, N.L. Waldron,, F. Spooner, & B. Algozzine (Eds.), Handbook of Research and Practice for Effective Inclusive Schools (pp. 451-463). New York: Routledge.

Edyburn, D.L. (2013). Critical issues in advancing the special education technology evidence-base. Exceptional Children, 80(1), 7-24.