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M. E. Hopper

Mary E. Hopper, Ph.D. has dedicated her career to both studying and developing innovative new media projects and programs for a wide range of audiences across a variety of disciplines. This has now culminated with her founding of the New Media Museum. She also created and still maintains Cosma, a systematic, top-down inventory of the best knowledge resources on the Web.

Dr. Hopper’s earlier academic affiliations included serving as a Lecturer in the Interactive Media Program at Northeastern University, Assistant Professor of Technology in Education Program at Lesley University, and Postdoctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she was Managing Editor of Media in Transition, the flagship project of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program.

She has a Ph.D. in Educational Computing and Instructional Design, M.S. in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Evaluation and Measurement, and B.A. in English and Education from Purdue University. She also completed courses in Cataloging, Reference, Digital Libraries and Archives at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons University.

Past Affiliations

You can learn more about Dr. Hopper’s past activities on these pages.

Digital Den (2012-2019)
Knowledge Foundry (2006-2012)
Studio-E (1994-1998)

Northeastern (2012-2013)
Lesley (2003-2005)
Simmons (2001-2002)
MIT (1994-2000)
Purdue (1985-1993)

Presentations and Exhibits

Hopper, M.E. (2016, November). Is it cool yet? [Exhibit]. VR@MIT Open House, MIT Stratton Student Center, Cambridge, MA.

Hopper, M.E. (2016, October). VR Playground [Exhibit]. Gilded Fest: Festival of Music, Technology, and Innovation, Lawn on D, Boston, MA

Hopper, M.E. (2016, September). Strap on a Headset and Jump into VR! [Exhibit]. A Cross-disciplinary Exploration of the Emerging Worlds of Virtual and Augmented Reality. HubWeek @ Harvard, Alston, MA.

Hopper, M.E. (2016, July). Virtual Reality Rocks! [Exhibit]. Tech in Motion’s Immersive Tech Demos. Fragomen, Boston, MA.

Hopper, M.E. (2016, June). Virtual Reality Blitz [Exhibit]. Edtech Product Showcase at Deshpande Symposium for Higher Ed. Innovation Hub, University of Massachusetts – Lowell, Lowell, MA.

Hopper, M.E. (2014, August). Which way to the holodeck? [Presentation]. Microsoft NERD Center, Cambridge, MA.

Hopper, M.E. (2014, June). Immersive interfaces Playground [Exhibit]. Immersion 2014, The Getty and Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA.

Hopper, M.E. (2014, April). Computer museums: Here and there, now and then [Presentation]. Vintage Computing Festival Southeast 2.0, Roswell, GA.

Hopper, M.E. (2014, April). Digital arts preservation in the Northeast [Panel Discussion]. Art Technology New England (ATNE), Boston Cyberarts Gallery, Boston, MA.

Hopper, M.E. (2014, April). Children’s Machines [Exhibit]. Vintage Computer Festival East 9.1, Wall, NJ.

Hopper, M.E. (2014, March). New Media Museum Sampler [Exhibit].
Microsoft NERD Center 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA.

Hopper, M.E. (2014, January). Computer Museums: here & there, now & then… [Presentation]. Microsoft NERD Center, Cambridge, MA.

Hopper, M.E. (2013, November). Where’s the immersion? From lab to living room [Presentation]. Boston Tech Breakfast. Microsoft NERD Center, Cambridge, MA.

Hopper, M.E. (2013, October). Wisdom from Athena: A paradigm for precognition [Presentation]. Society of History of Technology. SIGCIS Workshop: Recomputing the History of Information Technology, Portland, ME.

Hopper, M. E. (2009, April). Cosma: Constructing a Kingdom of Knowledge [Presentation]. Media in Transition 6 Conference: Stone and Papyrus, Storage and Transmission, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

Hopper, M. E. (2008, December). Using Virtual Worlds for Computer Science Education and Research [Presentation]. Computer Science Seminar, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA.

Hopper, M. E. (2008, May). Ok, now what? Ideas from Havok to the Holodeck [Presentation]. Sloan-C International Symposium, Emerging Technology Applications for Online Learning, Carefree, AZ.

Hopper, M. E. (2008, April). SecondLife: Powerful Places for Teaching and Learning. UMass IT Conference: The Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, Making “IT” Matter, Boxborough, MA.

Hopper, M. E. (2007, April). The Knowledge Gates to SecondLife [Presentation]. Media in Transition 5 Conference: Creativity, Ownership and Collaboration in the Digital Age, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

Hopper, M.E. (2005, May). Supporting Course Mentoring Needs Through Online Environments [Workshop]. Center for Academic Technology Faculty Development Day, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.

Hopper, M. E. (2005, January). Supporting course mentoring needs across Lesley University through 0nline Environments [Workshop]. 9th Annual Academic Technology Institute, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.

Hopper, M. E. (2005, July). Getting Started with Robotics: Clubs, Competitions and Communities [Birds of a Feather Session]. National Educational Computing Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Hopper, M.E. & LaFountain, D. (2004, June). Robotics in the Classroom [Birds of a Feather Session]. National Educational Computing Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Hopper, M. E. (2004, August). Methods for studying educational computing projects: Challenges and opportunities [Presentation]. History of Computers in Education SIG, IFIP World Computer Congress Conference, Toulouse, France.

Hopper, M. E. & Summer, R. B. (2001, February). Where’s the media? Models for creating and distributing teacher and student made digital media [Presentation]. Second Wiring the Classroom Conference. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

Hopper, M. E. (2000, January). Knowledge systems 101: From Alexandria to Hitchhiker’s Guide [Short Course]. Independent Activity Period (IAP), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

Hopper, M. E. (1998, October). Hypertext in historical context: Vannevar Bush and Ted Nelson revisited [Presentation]. Media-in-Transition Project / Communications Forum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

Hopper, M.E. (1997, March). The role of learners in the construction of successful courseware projects in distributed academic computing environments [Round-table Presentation]. Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association, Advanced Technologies for Learning (SIG-ATL), Chicago, IL.

Hopper, M. E. (1993). Expert’s views about courseware development in advanced computing environments [Abstract]. Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 93 – Conference on Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 607.

Hopper, M. E., LeBold, W. K., Feghali, A. A. (1991). A hypermedia-based problem solving approach to engineering, learning, working, and playing. Frontiers in Education Conference Proceedings, 73-78.

LeBold, W. K., Hopper, M. E., Feghali, A. A. (1991). A hypermedia solution to a hyper problem: Personalized computer engineering career system. ASEE-IEEE Annual Conference Proceedings: Educational Research and Methods Division, 482-488.

Hopper, M. E. and Lawler, R. W. (1991, August). Pre-Readers’ Word Worlds: Results of experiences with young children and new directions [Poster]. Thirteenth annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Evanston, IL.


Hopper, M. E. (2005). Online Communities for Faculty Support at Lesley University: Faculty Fellowship in Academic Technology 2004-2005. Cambridge, MA: Center for Academic Technology, Lesley University.

Hopper, M. E. (2004). Methods for studying educational computing projects: Challenges and opportunities. In J. Impagliazzo and J. Lee (Ed.). History of Computers in Education. Norwell, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Hopper, M. E. (1998). Assessment in WWW-based learning systems: Opportunities and challenges. Journal of Universal Computer Science, 4(4), 330-348.

Hopper, M. E. (Ed.) (1997). Networked Multimedia Information Services: Final report. Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Educational Computing Initiatives.

Ali-Ahmad, et.al. [Hopper, M. E. (Ed.)] (1996). AthenaMuse 2.2 Documentation. Cambridge, MA: Center for Educational Computing Initiatives, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Hopper, M. E. (1994). Usable software in advanced educational computing projects. ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics, 28(1), 46-48.

Hopper, M. E. & Lawler, R. W. (1997). A progress report for the Head Start-Apple Logo Project. In R. W. Lawler (Ed.), Learning and computing: A dual-medium book (pp. 36-40). UK: Intellect Books.


Hopper, M. E. (1993). Educational courseware production in advanced computing environments. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.


Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction (1993)
Specializations in Educational Computing, Instructional Design
School of Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

M.S. Curriculum and Instruction (1989)
Specializations in Educational Psychology, Evaluation and Research Methods, Gifted and Talented
School of Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

B.A. English and Education, Concentration Psychology (1985)
School of Humanities, Social Science and Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Indiana Teaching Licenses (1985-1998)

Secondary English (9-12)
Junior High/Middle School Language Arts (5-9)
Gifted and Talented Endorsement (K-12)
Computer Education Endorsement (K-12)


Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Phi Delta Kappa, Harvard Chapter (PDK)

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