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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

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

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

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

Ritzhaupt, A. R. & Kumar, S. (2015). Knowledge and skills needed by instructional designers in higher education. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 28(3), 51-69.

Kumar, S. (2014). Quality Considerations in the Design and Implementation of Online Doctoral Programs. Inaugural Issue of Journal of Online Doctoral Education, 1(1), 6-22. 

Jahnke, I. & Kumar, S. (2014). Digital Didactical Designs: Teachers’ Integration of iPads for Learning-Centered Processes. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 30(3), 81-88.

Kumar, S. (2014). A systematic approach to the assessment of impact in a professional doctorate. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning 4(2) 171-183.

Kumar, S. (2014). Signature Pedagogy, Implementation and Evaluation of an Online Program that impacts Educational Practice. Internet and Higher Education, 21, 60-67.

Arnold, P., Kumar, S., Thillosen, A. & Ebner, M. (2014). Offering cMOOCs collaboratively: The COER13 experience from the convenors’ perspective. E-learning Papers (37).

Kumar, S., Johnson, M. L., & Hardemon, T. (2013). Dissertations at a Distance: Students’ perceptions of Online Mentoring in a Doctoral Program. Journal of Distance Education, 27(1).

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