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Kumar, Swapna

SK_ZELClinical Associate Professor, Educational Technology
School of Teaching and Learning

College of Education
University of Florida
2-207 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 quality 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., & 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

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

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

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

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

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