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Kumar, Swapna

SK_ZELClinical Associate Professor, Educational Technology
School of Teaching and Learning

College of Education
University of Florida
G518D Norman Hall
PO Box 117048
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-273-4175
Fax: 352-392-9193

Research Biography

My research focuses on the integration of technology for teaching and learning in higher education. My interests include 1) the design, implementation, facilitation and evaluation of online professional programs 2) online mentoring and 3) open online education.


Ed.D. – Boston University. 2007. Curriculum and Instruction.

Ed.M. – Boston University. 2001. Educational Media and Technology.

M.A. – Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, India. 1994. German Literature and Translation

B.A. – Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. 1991. German Studies.

Key Professional Appointments

Clinical Associate Professor, University of Florida, 2015-Present

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Florida, 2009-2015

Instructor & Coordinator of Online Education, School of Education, Boston University, 2007-2009

Adjunct Instructor, School of Education, Boston University, 2001-2007

Senior Consultant, Learning and Performance Strategy Practice, Productivity Dynamics, Boston, 2001-2007

Activities and Honors

Fulbright Scholar Award, 2016-2017, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, USA

Superior Accomplishment Award, 2016, University of Florida, Division 3.

Best Paper Award for: Arnold, P., & Kumar, S. (2014). „Räumchen wechsle dich” Eigenräume und Raumwechsel beim Aufbau einer Online Community of Practice. Gesellschaft für Medien in der Wissenschaft (GMW) Annual Conference 2014, Zurich, Switzerland.

TPACK SIG Best Paper Award for: Hart, M., & Kumar, S. (2014). Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK)-Based Course Design in Preservice Social Studies Education. Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2014 (pp. 2367-2375). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.


Internet and Higher Education

Educational Technology Research and Development

Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education

Studies in Higher Education

Selected Publications

Kumar, S., & Ritzhaupt, A. R. (2017). What do instructional designers in higher education really do? International Journal on E-learning, 16(4), 371-393.

Kumar, S., & Johnson, M. (2017). Online mentoring of dissertations: The role of structure and support. Studies in Higher Education. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2017.1337736

Jahnke, I., Bergström, P., Märell-Olsson, E., Häll, L., & Kumar, S. (2017). Digital Didactical Designs as research framework: iPad integration in Nordic schools. Computers and Education. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2017.05.006

Kumar, S., & Coe, C. (2017). Mentoring and student support in online doctoral programs. American Journal of Distance Education, 31(2), 128-142. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08923647.2017.1300464

Martin, F., & Kumar, S. (2017). Frameworks for assessing and evaluating e-learning courses and programs. In A. Pina, V. Walker, & B. R. Harris (Eds.), Leading and managing e-learning. What the e-learning leader needs to know (pp. 271-280). AECT/Springer Series on Educational Communications and Technology: Issues & Innovations.

Magruder, O., & Kumar, S. (2017). E-learning instruction: Identifying and developing the competencies of online instructors. In A. Pina, V. Walker, & B. R. Harris (Eds.), Leading and managing e-learning. What the e-Learning leader needs to know (pp. 221-234). AECT/ Springer Series on Educational Communications and Technology: Issues & Innovations.

Ebner, M., Lorenz, A., Lackner, E., Kopp, E., Kumar, S., Schön, S., & Wittke, A. (2016). How OER enhance MOOCs – A perspective from German-speaking Europe. In M. Jemni, Kinshuk, & K. Khribi (Eds.), Open education: From OERs to MOOCs (pp. 205-220). Lecture Notes in Educational Technology. Springer. (http://www.springer.com/series/11777)

Dorner, H., & Kumar, S. (2016). Online collaborative mentoring for technology integration in pre-service teacher education. TechTrends, 60(1), 48-55.

Arnold, P., Kumar, S., Schön, S. Ebner, M., & Thillosen, A. (2015). A MOOC on open educational resources as an open educational resource: COER13. In J. R. Corbeil, M. E. Corbeil, & B. H. Khan (Eds.), The MOOC case book: Case studies in MOOC design, development and implementation (pp. 247-258). Ronkonkoma, NY: Linus Learning.

Kumar, S. (2014). Signature pedagogy, implementation and evaluation of an online program that impacts educational practice. Internet and Higher Education, 21, 60-67.

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