Dr. Swapna Kumar is a Clinical Associate Professor in Educational Technology in the School of Teaching and Learning, College of Education. Her research interests are online education, blended learning, and the integration of social media in higher education. Dr. Kumar has published several articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings on the design, development, facilitation and evaluation of online graduate courses and programs and the integration of new technologies in higher education. Her work has appeared in journals such as the Internet and Higher Education, International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL), the Journal of Distance Education, the Journal of Digital Learning in Higher Education (JDLTE) and Studies in Continuing Education.
She reviews for higher education and educational technology journals, has won awards, and has presented at several conferences, including the American Educational Research Association, the Sloan-C International conference in Online Learning, the European Association of Research in Learning and Instruction, and conferences of the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. Dr. Kumar has taught numerous workshops and been invited to present about online program development, faculty transition to online learning, and online pedagogy both nationally and internationally. Before joining UF, Dr. Kumar was responsible for faculty development and online education development at the School of Education, Boston University, and has previously taught inter-cultural communication workshops, professional development for teachers, and German language courses.