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Kumar, Swapna



SK_ZELClinical Associate Professor, Educational Technology
Coordinator, EdD in Educational Technology
School of Teaching and Learning

College of Education
University of Florida
2609 Norman Hall
PO Box 117048
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-273-4175
Fax: 352-392-9193
swapnakumar@coe.ufl.edu

Research Biography

Dr. Kumar is a Clinical Associate Professor and has led the design and implementation of the online EdD in Educational Technology since 2010. She studies various aspects of online education, with the aim of identifying what constitutes excellence in online education in general, and online doctoral education in particular. Her current research centers around online pedagogy, online dissertation supervision/mentoring, and online program quality, with an emphasis on connections between theory, research, and practice. She strives to provide guidelines for online education practice, such as online program design, online course design, online dissertation mentoring, online instructor competencies, online instructor support, virtual exchanges, etc.

Her research has contributed to the development of models and frameworks in the emerging field of online doctoral education such as an evidence-based model for a research-focused online professional doctorate (Kumar & Dawson, 2018), and a framework for online dissertation mentoring (Kumar et al., 2018) that can guide administrators and faculty. Dr. Kumar has published several journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings; has presented at numerous national and international conferences; and conducted several workshops and webinars related to online education internationally. She bridges cultures and countries in her work, was a Fulbright Scholar to Hungary, a Visiting Professor in Germany, and has engaged in numerous international collaborations.

Degrees

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

2020 Distance Education Best Practice Award for: Marull, C. & Kumar, S. Authentic Language Learning through Telecollaboration in Online Courses. TechTrends, 64, 628-635. Division of Distance Learning, Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), 2020. 

Best Qualitative Journal Article Award (2nd place) for: Kumar, S., Martin, F., Budhrani, K., & Ritzhaupt, A. (2019). Award-winning faculty online teaching practices: Elements of award-winning courses. Online Learning Journal, 23(4), 160-180. Division of Distance Learning, Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), 2020.

Rosser Educator Excellence Award 2019-2020. College of Education, University of Florida.

Best Qualitative Journal Article Award for: Martin, F., Budhrani, K., Kumar, S. & Ritzhaupt, A. (2019). Award-Winning Faculty Online Teaching Practices: Roles and Competencies. Online Learning Journal, 23(1), 184-205. Division of Distance Learning, Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) 2019.

Fulbright Scholar Award 2016-2017. Designing Blended Learning Environments in Hungarian Higher Education. Central European University, Hungary. Council for International Exchange of Scholars, USA.

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

Selected Publications

Books

Kumar, S., Kumar, V., & Taylor, S. (2020). A Guide to Online Supervision. United Kingdom Council of Graduate Education (UKCGE). http://www.ukcge.ac.uk/media/download.aspx?MediaId=2268

Kumar, S. & Dawson, K. (2018). An Online Doctorate for Researching Professionals: Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation. Athabasca University Press.  http://www.aupress.ca/index.php/books/120272

Journal Articles

Pedro, N. S. & Kumar, S. (2020). Institutional support for online teaching in quality assurance frameworks. Online Learning Journal, 24(3), 50-66. https://doi.org/10.24059/olj.v24i3.2309

Kline, J., Kumar, S., & Ritzhaupt, A. (2020). Project management competencies of educational technology professionals in higher education: A qualitative analysis of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Journal of Applied Instructional Design 9(3), 1-21. https://edtechbooks.org/pdfs/print/jaid_9_3/project_management.pdf

Risner, M. & Kumar, S. (2020). Internationalizing teacher education through virtual connections and blended learning. eLearn Magazine. https://elearnmag.acm.org/archive.cfm?aid=3403401

Kumar, S., Martin, F., Budhrani, K., & Ritzhaupt, A. (2019). Award-winning faculty online teaching practices: Elements of award-winning courses. Online Learning Journal, 23(4), 160-180. https://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/olj/article/view/2077

Kumar, S. & Johnson, M. (2019). Online mentoring of dissertations: the role of structure and support. Studies in Higher Education, 44(1), 59-71. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2017.1337736

Martin, F., Ritzhaupt, A., Kumar, S., & Budhrani, K. (2019). Award-winning faculty online teaching practices: Course design, assessment, and facilitation. Internet and Higher Education, 42, 34-43. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.iheduc.2019.04.001

Martin, F., Budhrani, K., Kumar, S., & Ritzhaupt, A. (2019). Award-winning faculty online teaching practices: Roles and competencies. Online Learning Journal, 23(1), 184-205. https://olj.onlinelearningconsortium.org/index.php/olj/article/view/1329

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). Mentoring doctoral students online: Mentor strategies and challenges. Mentoring and Tutoring: Partnerships in Learning, 27(2), 202-222. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13611267.2017.1326693

Kumar, S. & Coe, C. (2017). Online 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

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

Schön, S., Ebner, M., & Kumar, S. (2016). Guidelines for OER implementation and faculty development in higher education institutions in German-speaking Europe. Educational Policy Analysis Archives, 24(39)http://epaa.asu.edu/ojs/article/view/1856

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

Book Chapters

Kumar, S., Johnson, M. L., Dogan, N., & Coe, C. (2018). A Framework for E-mentoring
in Doctoral Education. In Sim, K. (Ed.). Enhancing the Role of ICT in Doctoral Research Processes (pp. 183-208). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Arnold, P. & Kumar, S. (2018). Qualitätsentwicklung in online-gestützten berufsbegleitenden Studiengängen der Sozialen Arbeit: Anregungen aus internationaler Perspektive. In Arnold, P., Griesehop, H. R., & Füssenhäuser, C. (Eds.). Profilierung Sozialer Arbeit online (pp. 323-349). Wiesbaden, DE: Springer Verlag. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-658-17088-2_18

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)

Dawson, K. & Kumar, S. (2016). Guiding Principles for Quality Professional Practice Dissertations. In Storey, V. A. & Hesbol, K. A. (Eds.). Contemporary Approaches to Dissertation Development and Research Methods (pp. 134-146). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Selected Links

http://www.swapnakumar.com