• With a background in management consulting, game design, game-based learning, and instructional design, Dr. Ray Pastore earned his Ph.D. in Instructional Systems including a minor in Educational Psychology from Penn State University in 2008. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Instructional Technology Program as well as Program Coordinator of the eSports certificate program and Online Teaching and Learning minor at UNCW.
    In addition to serving as coordinator of UNCW’s eSports program, Dr. Pastore is faculty advisor for UNCW’s Seahawk eSports Club. He has worked on projects for fortune 100 companies, the military, as well as a myriad of schools and universities. He also runs a technology YouTube channel which has over 2 million views.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2023-03-01 “A Bunch of Big Idiots Smack into Each Other” – a Mixed-Method Investigation of Learning Rugby Through Video Gaming Compared to Traditional InstructionEntertainment Computing.  46. 2023-03-01
    2020-04-01 Enhancing Motivation in Workplace Training with Casual Games: A Twelve Month Field Study of Retail EmployeesEducational Technology Research and Development2020-04-01
    2018-01-01 A case study of process intervention within the Enterprise Content Management system support processPerformance Improvement2018-01-01
    2017-05-01 Classroom Gamification: How to Use Minecraft In Your ClassroomJournal of Training, Design, and Technology2017-05-01
    2016-12-01 The multimedia principle: A meta-analysisInternational Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning2016-12-01
    2015-12-01 Learner Preferences of Time-Compressed InstructionInternational Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning2015-12-01
    2015-03-01 Effects of captions and time-compressed video on learner performance and satisfactionComputers in Human Behavior.  59:222-227. 2015-03-01
    2015-02-01 Using time-compression to make multimedia learning more efficient: Current research and practiceTechtrends.  59:66-74. 2015-02-01
    2014-12-01 Multimedia: Learner Preferences For Multimedia LearningJournal of Multimedia Processing and Technologies,.  5:134-144. 2014-12-01
    2014-07-01 SimSchool.Computers in the Schools.  32:197-219. 2014-07-01
    2013-09-01 Designing and Developing Mobile Based Instruction: A Designers PerspectiveDesign and Technology Education.  18:61-72. 2013-09-01
    2012-09-01 Developing Mobile Based InstructionTech Trends.  56:46-51. 2012-09-01
    2012-01-01 The effects of time-compressed instruction and redundancy on learning and learners’ perceptions of cognitive loadComputers & Education.  58:641-651. 2012-01-01

    Audio-visual Document

    Year Title Altmetric
    2024-04-01 Gaming and financial literacy for kids -- Verizon Parenting in a Digital World. 2024-04-01
    2023-09-01 How to set house rules for multiplayer VR games -- Verizon Parenting in a Digital World. 2023-09-01
    2023-08-01 3 ways your family can stay connected when your kids go off to college -- Verizon Parenting in a Digital World. 2023-08-01
    2023-03-01 Family fitness: the top 3 metrics this parent tracks on his kids’ smartwatch -- Verizon Parenting in a Digital World. 2023-03-01
    2022-12-01 Game on: Why gamers are getting serious about physical fitnessverizon wireless. 2022-12-01
    2020-01-01 Blog. 2020-01-01
    2020-01-01 Youtube. 2020-01-01


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    2023-09-01 The Level 7 Spell.  KRH: 7Level7. 2023-09-01
    2020-06-01 The Instructional Design and Development Process: A ‘How To’ Guide for Practitioners.  . 2020-06-01
    2012-05-01 Online Learning: An Instructional Technology Class's Exploration of Online Teaching and Learning.  CreateSpace. 2012-05-01


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    2011-01-01 Mobile Computing in Higher Education.  IGI Global. 2011-01-01


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    2016-08-01 Hacking Society: How Reality is Broken Constructs Gaming as a Necessary Cure-AllGames and Culture.. 2016-08-01
    2012-12-01 Ray Pastore’s websiteraypastore.com. 2012-12-01
    2012-04-01 Women and GamingInternational Journal of Gaming and Computer Mediated Simulations. 86-89.. 2012-04-01


    Year Title Altmetric
    2011-12-01 Pre- and in-service teachers perceptions of gaming in the classroom.International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning. 2011-12-01
    2011-01-01 User Design: A Case Study of Corporate Change.Performance Improvement Quarterly. 27-48. 2011-01-01
    2010-10-01 The effects of diagrams and time-compressed instruction on learning and learners’ perceptions of cognitive loadEducational Technology Research and Development. 485-505. 2010-10-01


    Research Overview

  • Dr. Pastore's research focuses on multiple representations, computer-based tools, gaming in K-12, mobile learning, and metacognitive strategies that support learning from a multimedia environment.
  • Principal Investigator On

  • University of North Carolina Wilmington Mini-grant 2020-11-01 - 2021-08-01
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington Mini-grant 2019-11-01 - 2020-03-01
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington Mini-grant 2018-11-01 - 2019-03-01
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington Mini-grant 2014-11-01 - 2015-03-01
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington Mini-grant 2013-11-01 - 2014-03-01
  • MIni Grant 2013-01-01 - 2013-03-01
  • Research Assistance Grant 2012-03-01 - 2012-06-01
  • MIni Grant 2012-01-01 - 2012-03-01
  • Travel Grant 2012-01-01 - 2012-03-01
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington Mini-grant 2016-11-01 -
  • Inspiration 2011-01-01 -
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington Mini-grant 2010-11-01 -
  • Investigator On

  • Esports and Exercise 2022-10-01 - 2023-05-01
  • UNCW Esports Program 2023-01-01 -
  • Teaching Overview

  • Dr. Pastore has been teaching face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses for many years. He has taught at Penn State University, Slippery Rock University, the University of Phoenix Online, and most recently the University of North Carolina Wilmington. His teaching experience includes a myriad of courses on topics including: technology use in the K-16 classroom and workplace, instructional design practice and theory, project management, online course development, and multimedia development.
  • Full Name

  • Raymond Stefan Pastore