Publications, Presentations & Talks

Peer-reviewed publications

Kuznetcova, I., Tilak, S., Wen, Z., Glassman, M., Anderman, E., & Lin, J. (2023). Making immersive storytelling accessible: Interactive low-tech implementation in elementary school civic learning. Convergence.

Kuznetcova, I., & Glassman, M. (2022). MUVEs in higher education: A design case for Second Life. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 31(2), 111–147.

Kuznetcova, I., Glassman, M., Tilak, S., Wen, Z., Evans, M., Pelfrey, L., Lin, T.-J. (2022). Using a mobile Virtual Reality and computer game to improve visuospatial self-efficacy in middle school students. Computers & Education, 192, 104660.

Kuznetcova, I., Porter, C., Peri, J., & Glassman, M. (2022). The construction and validation of the Visuospatial Self-Efficacy (VSSE) scale. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 31, 1-14. 

Kuznetcova, I., Glassman, M. (2020). Rethinking the use of Multi-User Virtual Environments in education. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 29(4), 398-405. 

Kuznetcova, I., Lin, T. J., Glassman, M. (2020). Teacher presence in a different light: Authority shift in Multi-User Virtual Environments. Technology, Knowledge and Learning, 26, 79-103. 

Kuznetcova, I., Glassman, M., Lin, T.-J. (2019). Multi-user virtual environments as a pathway to distributed social networks in the classroom. Computers & Education, 130, 26-39. [Article highlights]

Kuznetcova, I., & Glassman, M. (2018). Virtual reality: Its transformative potential. In Benade L., Jackson M. (Eds.), Transforming education: Design, technology, government (pp. 199-211). London: Sage. [Article highlights]

Kuznetcova, I., Teeple, J., Glassman, M. (2018). The dialectic of the avatar: Developing in-world identities in Second Life. Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds, 10(1), 59-71. [Article highlights]

Pelfrey, G. L., Glassman, M., Kuznetcova, I., & Tilak, S. (2023). From the proscenium: The influence of Konstantin Stanislavski and the psychology of acting in Vygotsky’s work. Theory & Psychology. 

Tilak, S., Glassman, M., Lu, M., Wen, Z., Pelfrey, L., Kuznetcova, I., ... & Nagpal, M. (2023). Investigating social studies teachers’ implementation of an immersive history curricular unit as a cybernetic zone of proximal development. Cogent Education, 10(1), 2171183. 

Tilak, S., Glassman, M., Kuznetcova, I., & Pelfrey, G. L. (2022). Applications of cybernetics to psychological theory: Historical and conceptual explorations. Theory & Psychology, 32(2), 298-325.

Glassman, M., & Kuznetcova, I. (2022). The GameStop saga: Reddit communities and the emerging conflict between new and old media. First Monday.

Tilak, S., Glassman, M., Peri, J., Xu, M., Kuznetcova, I., & Gao, L. (2022). Need satisfaction and collective efficacy in undergraduate blog-driven classes: A structural equation modelling approach. Australian Journal of Educational Technology, 38(6), 75-90.

Tilak, S., Glassman, M., Kuznetcova, I., Pelfrey, L. (2021). Applications of cybernetics to psychological theory: Historical and conceptual explorations. Theory & Psychology, 1-28.

Glassman, M., Kuznetcova, I., Peri, J., & Kim, Y. (2021). Cohesion, collaboration and the struggle of creating online learning communities: Development and validation of an Online Collective Efficacy Scale. Computers and Education Open, 100031. 

Shortt, M., Tilak, S., Kuznetcova, I., Martens, B., Akinkuolie, B. (2021). Gamification in mobile-assisted language learning: a systematic review of Duolingo literature from public release of 2012 to early 2020. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 1-38. 

Glassman, M., Kuznetcova., I., Lin, T.-J., Tilak, S., Wang, Q., Walling, A. (2020). Spaces of rebellion: The use of multi-user virtual environments in the development of learner epistemic identity. Journal of Experimental Education.

Tilak, S., Glassman, M., Kuznetcova, I., Peri, J., Wang, Q., Wen, Z., Wallin, A (2020). Multi-User Virtual Environments (MUVEs) as Alternative Lifeworlds: Transformative learning in cyberspace. Journal of Transformative Education.

Conference presentations

Kuznetcova, I. (2023, July 8). Unlocking the “E” in EMI: Supporting students’ language development through the curricular integration of ChatGPT. The 6th J-CLIL Tohoku Chapter conference, Sendai, Japan. 

Kuznetcova, I. (2022, November 11-14). The whys and hows of an International language practice online community [workshop session]. JALT 2022 conference, Fukuoka, Japan. 

Kuznetcova, I., Tilak, S., Pelfrey, L., Glassman, M., Evans, E., Wen, Z. (2021). Improving visuospatial self-efficacy of middle school students through a Virtual-Reality/desktop game-based intervention. Poster accepted at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (virtual).

Kuznetcova, I., Tilak, S., Shortt, M., Martens, B., Akinkuole, B., Pelfrey, L. (2020). A comprehensive and theoretically grounded taxonomy of CALL tools. Presented at AZCALL 2020.

Kuznetcova, I., Lin, T. -J., Ha, S. Y., Chen, J., & Paul, N. (2017, April). Socializing interpersonal immediacy in collaborative small-group discussions. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Kuznetcova, I., Lin, T. -J., Ha, S.-Y., Paul, N., Chen, J., Won, S., Zhan, X., & Huang, Y. (August, 2016). Teacher strategies for constructing prosocial and argumentative small-group discussions. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

Tilak, S., Glassman, M., Peri, J., Xu, M., & Kuznetcova, I. (April 2023). The role of digital citizenship in producing collective efficacy: A Structural Equation Modeling approach. Poster presented at the 2023 American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference. Chicago, USA.

Lu, M., Tilak, S., Kim, S., Paul, N., Sheng, Y., Kuznetcova, I., Ching, K., Hong, M., Anderman, E., Glassman, M., Lin, T.-J. (2022). A Mixed methods approach: Fostering elementary students’ collective efficacy in a Digital Civic Learning curriculum. [Poster presentation]. American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.10.3102/IP.22.1889899 

Tilak, S., Wen, Z., Kuznetcova, I., Lin, T.-J., Anderman, E., Lu, M., Kim, S. (2021) Student experiences with distributed communication platforms in elementary classrooms during COVID-19. Poster presented at the annual APA 2021 conference.

Tilak, S., Glassman, M., Wen, Z., Kuznetcova, I., Pelfrey, L., & Evans, M. (2021). Warranted assertability and the Internet: A theoretical model for an online proto-research community. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association 2021 (virtual).

Brown, J. R., Kuznetcova, I., Andersen, E. K., Abbott, N. H., Grzybowski, D. M., Porter, C. D. (2019, July), Full Paper: Implementing Classroom-Scale Virtual Reality into a Freshman Engineering Visuospatial Skills Course Paper presented at 2019 FYEE Conference, Penn State University, Pennsylvania. 

Lin, T. -J., Chen, J., Ha, S. Y., Kuznetcova, I., Paul, N., Won, S., Anderman, E. M., & Kraatz, E. (2017, April). The influence of collaborative small-group discussion on social self-efficacy and class relationships. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.


Irina Kuznetcova (2023, June 11). (Language) instruction in the era of ChatGPT: Rethinking educational practice and philosophy. JALT Yamagata Chapter meeting.


In just a few months since November 2022, ChatGPT has taken the world by storm. Teaching and universities now grapple with questions surrounding academic dishonesty, ethics and consequences of its use in the classroom. Like it or not, ChatGPT is one of many generative Artificial Intelligence tools that are here to stay and reshape the way we interact with technology and the world. To borrow the wisdom from Frank Herbert’s masterpiece, “We must not fear.” Rather, I invite you to join me in this hands-on, interactive session to get ahead of the game and become a master of this tool. We will talk about what this technology means in terms of future AI progress, how it works, what it can do with our guidance, how to start a dialogue with students about its use, and how to integrate it as part of your classroom practices. AI optimists, AI pessimists, amused observers, and anyone in between - all are welcome to join!

Irina Kuznetcova (2022, June 25).  Reddit: The ultimate tool for learning informal language in authentic context. Invited online presentation at a JALT Akita chapter meeting.


If you have ever asked yourself questions such as…

… then this talk is for you! In fact, the answer to all of these questions can be found in a single online discussion forum. Reddit has become an important part of the (predominantly American) cultural landscape visited by 430 million (!) active monthly users. With over 100 thousand communities (subreddits) dedicated to topics ranging from cooking and gardening to nuclear physics, relationships and politics, Reddit is a source of unending flow of information, often presented in short, digestible chunks and casual language. It offers our students opportunities to become an organic part of a large English speaking community and makes English instrumental to their learning pursuits.

In this talk, together we will explore potential activities and ways of integrating Reddit in classroom teaching and informal students’ learning and ways of navigating potential pitfalls in the process - with a focus on informal language style, reading and writing practices.

Irina Kuznetcova (2022, October 28).  A practical activity kit for language educators: Games, ice-breakers, and energizers for online and in-person teaching. Online presentation at BELTA (Bangladesh English Language Teachers Association) 16th Annual Teacher Development conference.

Do you wish you had a ready-made set of activities that you could use to energize your students, help them get to know each other, build a fun, positive classroom climate, rapport and trust? Look no further! In this talk, I will demonstrate how to implement such activities in both online and in-person format (no props or preparation required). You will also get access to a document with more game ideas and instructions that you can use at any time. By the end of this session, you will be able to plug in any of the activities in your class routine and adjust them to the needs of your students.

Irina Kuznetcova (2021, November). Rated - Ex. (for Experience): Easy tricks to make pronunciation better (American English). Presented at Akita International University, Akita, Japan.

Pronunciation is one of the most challenging aspects of language learning. The good news is that it’s not really about perfect, native-level sound production; as language learners, our main goal is to speak clearly to make communication effective. In this workshop, I invite you to explore different tips and tricks that will help you make your English speech clearer. We are going to learn how to deal with sounds particularly difficult for speakers of Japanese, such as the sounds in think and this, /r/ and /l/ and more than one consonant in a row (as in sixty /kst/). We’ll also look into some fun intonation patterns and little articulation challenges. In addition to hands-on practice during the session, you will also learn about helpful tools to keep practicing your pronunciation in the future. Let’s learn together!

Irina Kuznetcova (2018, March). IPads in the classroom: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly. Presented at the 2018 Buckeye Teaching Showcase, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Irina Kuznetcova (2017, March). The why's and how's of synchronizing online communication: Using Google Hangouts for video conferencing. Presented at the 2017 Buckeye Teaching Showcase, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.