Dan's research, positioned at the intersection of educational technology and the psychology of creativity, tends to focus on how teachers may best use new technologies to help students prosper as learners and creators. A pioneer in the use of computer technology for teaching writing remotely, in 1996 Dan designed and taught the first online English Composition course ever offered at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York. Since that time he has continued to innovate teaching techniques that harness the potential of digital technologies to support students' creative growth. Dan grew up in New York but also lived in Connecticut, South Dakota, and Minnesota. He now lives in Indiana, Pennsylvania, where, besides exercising his devotion to teaching, he enjoys reading, writing, drawing, meditating, cooking, and generally strolling around town.