StepsMarcus T. Wright is a higher education professional dedicated to the academic and professional success of college students. Using an approach that consistently connects the academic world with “the real world,” Marcus advises and teaches students at all levels of college life. Currently, he is the Undergraduate Program and Communications Manager in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, a Pre-Major Advisor in Penn’s College of Arts & Sciences, an Adjunct Professor in Communications at Holy Family University, and a Faculty Supervisor and Program Advisory Board participant for Cooperative Education in Holy Family’s Communications program.

Marcus is also an analyst and researcher of the connection between learning, technology, and society in this digital age. His recently released book, Paradox of the Learning Game: The Promise and Plight of Video Games and Learning explores the potential of video games as learning resources, and some of the social challenges that need to be addressed for this potential to be reached. He is particularly interested in the future and potential of these technologies for learning on college campuses outside of the classroom. In addition to game-based learning, his research and analysis on this topic has covered traditional online learning, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). He incorporates his expertise in learning and technology in higher education into his company, Design Meets Mind, LLC, which provides professional development workshops and consulting for educators and counselors.

Marcus is an avid writer who has contributed numerous written works to the Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly’s EW Community, and several other online publications. Some of this writing spans the depths of pop culture. He has conducted written interviews with notable figures including former Super Bowl-winning NFL head coach Tony Dungy, violinist Lindsey Stirling, Entertainment Weekly correspondent Nina Terrero, social change agent Kevin Carroll, and musical ensemble The Piano Guys.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, Marcus graduated grade school from the historic Girard College (a 1st-12th grade private boarding school in Philadelphia for children from financially limited single-parent or guardian-led homes). He earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ), before returning to Philadelphia to start a high school sports multimedia coverage company, Varsity 365. After covering many of “the biggest games and best rivalries” in Philadelphia area high school sports, Marcus shut down Varsity 365 to return to the books. He then earned his M.S.Ed. in Learning Sciences & Technologies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, followed by a Certificate in Penn GSE’s Virtual Online Teaching program. In Fall 2017, he will return to Penn GSE as a student in the Higher Education Ed.D. program.

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