Marilyn M. Ault, PhD

Marilyn Ault
  • Senior Research Associate

Contact Info

Primary Office:
Secondary Office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 748
1122 West Campus Road
Lawrence, KS 66045
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 702


Marilyn Ault is a Senior Research Associate at KUCRL. She has directed research and technical assistance projects on the integration of technology into secondary and post-secondary education instruction since 1995. This includes research and development projects funded through the US Department of Education, US Department of Labor, US Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Kansas State Department of Education, Kansas Department of Transportation, and the Intel Foundation. She brings experience in large project management and coordination of activities across departments and institutions, particularly educational technology research and development projects. She additionally has experience in the development of online instructional resources, including educational games, as well as the design of active learning spaces, and the instructional integration of technology.


Ph.D. in Special Education, Minor: Research & Analysis, The University of Kansas, 1981, Lawrence, KS
M.S. in Severe Disabilities, The University of Kansas, 1978, Lawrence, KS
B.A. in Psychology, Grinnell College, 1972, Grinnell, IA


As Principal Investigator for multiple projects awarded to her through the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, Dr. Ault has been involved in research and development addressing the design and instructional integration of technology since 1995, with an emphasis on the design and delivery of online instructional resources and multiplayer online games. Her role on both research and development projects is to oversee the day-to-day operations of the project, manage the budget, and coordinate all research, development, and reporting. She takes a lead on coordinating activities with the school leadership and teachers, and oversees the integration of content into online resources. She manages the interactions with collaborators, particularly the user-testing in implementation sites. She also takes the lead on coordinating interactions with the consultants and advisors that provide both formative and summative input on project activities.

Research Interests

  • Reason Racer

Selected Publications

Ault, M., Craig-Hare, J., Ellis, J. D., Bulgren, J., & Kretschmer, I. (submitted/in review). Using Reason Racer to support argumentation in middle school science instruction [Book Chapters]. In D. Falvo & M. Urban (Eds.), Improving K-12 STEM Education Outcomes through Technological Integration.