Publications

Journal Articles:

Harrington,  Maria C. R., Tatzgern, M., Langer T, Wenzel, J. W. (2018, under review) Augmented Reality Brings the Real World into Natural History Dioramas with Data Visualizations and Bioacoustics at the Carnegie Museums. Curator: The Museum Journal.

Harrington, Maria C. R. (June 2012). The Virtual Trillium Trail and the empirical effects of Freedom and Fidelity on discovery-based learning. Virtual Reality, Volume 16, Number 2, Pages 105-120. Original Article published in OnlineFirst™ Springer London. 1-15.  (March 3, 2011) [DOI: 10.1007/s10055-011-0189-7 | Research Gate| PDF ]

Harrington, Maria, C. R. (2011). Empirical Evidence of Priming, Transfer, Reinforcement, and Learning in the Real and Virtual Trillium Trails. IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies 2011 vol.4 Issue No.02 – April-June pp: 175-186 [DOI: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/TLT.2010.20 | Research Gate | PDF ]

Harrington, Maria, C. R. (2009). An ethnographic comparison of real and virtual reality field trips to Trillium Trail: The salamander find as a Salient Event. In Freier, N.G. & Kahn, P.H. (Eds.), Children, Youth and Environments: Special Issue on Children in Technological Environments, Volume 19 Number 1: Published by: The Board of Regents of the University of Colorado, a body corporate, for the benefit of the Children, Youth and Environments Center at the University of Colorado Boulder
[Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7721/chilyoutenvi.19.1.0074 | HTML | PDF]

Dissertation:

Harrington, Maria, C. R. (2008).  Simulated Ecological Environments for Education (SEEE): A Tripartite Model Framework of HCI Design Parameters for Situational Learning in Virtual Environments. Dissertation Abstracts International. July 17, 2008. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/8971/

Conference Papers (Peer-Reviewed):

Larson, S. and Harrington, Maria, C. R. (2012). A Survey of ABET Accredited, Information Systems, Undergraduate Programs, in the USA. Information Systems Educators Conference (ISECON) November 1-4, 2012. New Orleans, Louisiana. [PDF]

Harrington, Maria C.R. (2009). Meta-ontologies for learning in virtual and augmented realities. Proceedings of the ACM-SIGCHI IDC09. The 8th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children Workshop on Children and Mobile Technology: Interface Development for Mobile Touch Devices. June3-5, 2009. Como, Italy. [Research Gate | PDF ]

Harrington, Maria, C. R. (2006).  Situational learning in real and virtual space: Lessons learned and future directions. ACM SIGGRAPH’06. July 30-August 3, 2006 Boston, MA, USA. [DOI: 10.1145/1179295.1179344 | PDF | PPT ]

Other Conference Proceedings (Peer-Reviewed Extended Abstracts and Posters):

Harrington, Maria, C. R. (2018) “Improving Psychophysical Well-being and Performance in Isolated, Confined, and Extreme Environments with Head Mounted Virtual Reality Photorealistic Simulations of Earth Based Natural Environments,” Abstract and poster presented at the 2018 NASA Human Research Program Investigators’’ Workshop  HRP RESEARCH: THE GATEWAY TO MARS, Galveston, TX.

Harrington, Maria, C. R. (2017) “Ripples in a Pond: How Virtual Reality may be a Tool of Impact for the Humanities.” HASTAC 2017 Conference Abstract and poster, UCF, Orlando, Fl.

Harrington, Maria, C. R. (2011). The Virtual Trillium Trail — An Educational Simulation of the North American Forests. iED Summit IMMERSIVE EDUCATION INITIATIVE BOSTON SUMMIT 2011 May 13-15, 2011, Boston College, Boston, MA.

Harrington, Maria, C. R. (2006, June 28). “Trees of life: Models of children's creative processes.” Proceedings of the ACM DIS 2006 Doctoral Consortium, State College, PA.

Harrington, Maria, C. R. (2005). Virtual Beechwood: Simulated ecological environments for education. Proceedings of the Conference on Spatial Information Theory’05. Doctoral Consortium Abstracts. September 14-18, 2005 Ellicottville, New York, USA. [ Research Gate | PDF ]

Harrington, Maria, C. R. (2008, March 10-13). A demonstration of virtual trillium trail, a simulation of a fourth grade field trip to a wildflower reserve for ecology education. Open Learning Interplay Symposium 2008, demos and poster session, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Co-Organized Conference Workshops and Panels:

Portnoy F., Smith, L., Harrington, Maria, C. R. Kremer, K., Nichols, T., & Zammitto, V. (2011). Facing the Human Factors Challenges in Game Design: A Discussion Panel. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting September 19-23, 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada. 55(1). 520-524. [ DOI: 10.1177/1071181311551106 | PPT ]

Conference Presentations without Proceedings:

Harrington, Maria, C. R. (2018) “Successful Emergent Team Formation Methods and Process at UCF Digital Media, using Webcourses Discussion Feature and Ideation Techniques,” Abstract and presentation presented at the 2018 Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference, St. Petersburg, FL.

Harrington, Maria, C. R. (2017) “The Virtual UCF Arboretum Project: Work-in-progress Demonstration of a STEM Teaching Resource, the Website, and Virtual Reality Flowers and Plants,” Presented to the Plants Beyond Limits Conference, University of Central Florida, Department of Biology,  Orlando, FL, Nov.

Harrington, Maria, C. R. (2012, March 30-31). Birds-of-a-feather — Video game development: Overview of the torque 3D educational site license. Proceedings of the 27th Annual Spring Conference of the Pennsylvania Computer and Information Science Educators, Millersville University, Millersville, PA.

Harrington, Maria, C. R. & Kovalchick, L., (2012, March 30-31). Birds-of-a-feather — Virtual SRU: How a project management class used Google Earth and Google Sketch-up. Proceedings of the 27th Annual Spring Conference of the Pennsylvania Computer and Information Science Educators, Millersville University, Millersville, PA.

Harrington, Maria, C. R. (2011, November 3-6). Virtual environments, immersive learning simulations, and serious games as new instructional technology for information systems students. Proceedings of Information Systems Educators Conference, Wilmington, NC.

Hulick, F. and Harrington, Maria, C. R.(2011, November 3-6). The value of internships in the Information Systems curriculum: A case study. Proceedings of Information Systems Educators Conference November, Wilmington, NC.

Harrington, Maria, C. R. (2011, April 8-9). Social networks, use and misuse by businesses: What Information Systems students need to know. Proceedings of the 27th Annual Spring Conference of the Pennsylvania Computer and Information Science Educators, Shippensburg University.

Harrington, Maria, C. R. (2011, April 8-9). Video game development, a serious educational component of the curriculum. Proceedings of the 27th Annual Spring Conference of the Pennsylvania Computer and Information Science Educators, Shippensburg University.

Harrington, Maria, C. R. (2009, March 19-21). The Virtual Trillium Trail: An educationally effective simulation for ecology education. The Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators 2009 Conference, Entriken, PA.

Harrington, Maria, C. R. (2008, February 29-March 1). A demonstration of Virtual Trillium Trail, a simulation of a fourth grade field trip to the Trillium Trail Wildflower Reserve. The Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators 2008 Conference, Ligonier, PA.

Conference Workshop Papers:

Gennari, J., Harrington, Maria, C. R., Hughes, S., Manojlovich, M. and Spring, M. (2003). Preparatory observations on ubiquitous knowledge environments: The cyberinfrastructure information ether. Proceedings post NSF Post Digital Library Futures Workshop. Chatham, MA, USA. [ Research Gate ]

Colloquium Presentations and Invited Talks:

Harrington, Maria, C. R.,“The Virtual UCF Arboretum Project: An Educational Simulation of the Real UCF Arboretum using VR and Educational Website for STEM” Presented to the Otronicon Speaker Series, Orlando Science Center; Orlando, FL, Jan. 2018. https://otronicon.org/virtual-ucf-arboretum-project-demonstration/

Harrington, Maria, C. R., “The Virtual Trillium Trail and Educational Simulations,” Presented to the University of Central Florida, Faculty Panel on Digital Media for the Fall 2017 Introduction to Text and Technology PhD course. Orlando, FL. Nov. 2017.

Harrington, Maria, C. R., “A New Paradigm for Virtual Reality & Simulations for Education, Learning & Creating: The Virtual Trillium Trail Project – Empirical Evidence on Design Factors in Simulated Ecological Environments for Education and Causal Impacts on Emotions, Learning, Priming, Transfer, and Reinforcement.,” Presented to the University of Central Florida, Institute for Simulation and Training, Modeling and Simulation Seminar; Orlando, FL, Nov. 2016. https://www.slideshare.net/MariaCRHarringtonPhD/art-and-technology-63624985

Harrington, Maria, C. R.,“Art and Technology,” Presented to the University of Central Florida, SVAD Gallery Artist Talk, School of Visual Arts and Design; Orlando, FL, Nov. 2016. https://www.slideshare.net/MariaCRHarringtonPhD/ucf-svad-art-talk-11162016

Harrington, Maria, C. R.,“VR and STEM Education,” Presented to the I/ITSEC 2016 Modeling & Simulation Conference: K-12 STEM; Orlando, FL, Nov. 2016.

Harrington, Maria, C. R., “Reality matters in virtual reality for learning sciences research: The Virtual Trillium Trail empirical data and future fMRI studies,” Presented to the University of Pittsburgh, UPMC School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA; Pittsburgh, PA, April 2010. http://halley.exp.sis.pitt.edu/comet/presentColloquium.do?col_id=700

Harrington, Maria, C. R., “The Virtual Trillium Trail: The value of Freedom and Fidelity in the child-computer-environment interface,” Presented to the Carnegie Mellon Human-Computer Interaction Institute Seminar Series, Carnegie Mellon University; Pittsburgh, PA, September, 2008.

Harrington, Maria, C. R., “Simulated ecological environments for education: Past and future realities,” Presented to the Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA, Nov. 2008.

Harrington, Maria, C. R., “Tips and Tricks of Building Simulated Ecological Environments for Education: User Centered Design, Activity Analysis, Prototyping, and Techniques,” Presented to the Carnegie Mellon University, Entertainment Technology Center; Pittsburgh, PA, Oct. 2008.

Harrington, Maria, C. R., “The Virtual Trillium Trail: What if you could fly over your favorite park, and explore the ecosystem from any vantage point that you wished?” Presented to the Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve, Fox Chapel, PA, July. 2008.

Harrington, Maria, C. R., “The Poetics of Games: Art, Poetry and Storytelling in Modern Game Design,” Presented to Art Institute of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA, Jan. 2008.

Harrington, Maria, C. R., “Virtual Trillium Trail and Opportunities for Education in Metaverses and Virtual Environments.,” Presented to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Phipps Education Committee, Pittsburgh, PA, Nov. 2007.

Harrington, Maria, C. R., “Generating High Fidelity, 3D Computer Graphic Models from Transects and Plot Population Data for Trillium Trail.” University of Pittsburgh, Department of Biological Sciences: E&E Seminar, Pittsburgh, PA. Oct. 2007.

Art Shows:

“EXHIBITION: SVAD Faculty 2017” Presented two works of computer art, “The Virtual Trillium Trail,” UCF Art Gallery, University of Central Florida, Aug. 2017

“EXHIBITION: SVAD Faculty 2016” Presented two works of computer art, “The Virtual Trillium Trail,” UCF Art Gallery, University of Central Florida, Oct. 2016

“LOST AND FOUND,” Garfield Artworks Art & Performance Space, Presented six works of computer art, and a multimedia collage, Pittsburgh, PA. Oct. 2006

Technical Reports:

Harrington, Maria, C. R. (2006). Simulated Ecological Environments for Education (SEEE): A Tripartite Model Framework of HCI design parameters for situational learning in virtual environments. Unpublished Dissertation Proposal, May 2006. School of Information Sciences, Department of Information Sciences and Telecommunications. University of Pittsburgh, PA.

Harrington, Maria, C. R. (2005). Simulated Ecological Environments for Education (SEEE). Unpublished State of the Art Literature Review Component of the Comprehensive Exam, August 2005. School of Information Sciences, Department of Information Sciences and Telecommunications. University of Pittsburgh, PA.

News Media Coverage:

Notes: News articles (N), radio appearances (R), and social media blog posts (M) are not peer-reviewed publications but considered to be an effective way to disseminate research findings for broader societal impact.  

Weisberg, Deborah. “Technology Comes to the Trillium Trail, One Woman’s Efforts Enhance both Education and the Environment,” Interviewed by the SHADY AVE, Spring 2015

“The Virtual Trillium Trail, Explore a virtual forest to learn more about the natural world,” Remake Learning.com 2012 INNOVATION & STARTUPS “Fox Chapel students hike the Trillium Trail virtually and in person,” POP City, Aug. 2012


“Alumni Trailblazer, Maria C. R. Harrington,” Interviewed by Pitt Magazine, Imagine, Spring 2012