Thought leader in applying insights from cognitive and learning sciences to the design of online learning environments


Dr. Kemi Jona has worked at the forefront of the learning sciences and learning technologies fields for over 25 years. He is thought leader in applying insights from cognitive and learning sciences to the design of online learning environments, particularly in the areas of STEM education. At Northeastern he oversees the undergraduate portfolio in the College of Professional Studies and is the founding director of the Lowell Institute School, focused on broadening participation in STEM fields by non-traditional and underrepresented student populations. In both of these capacities, he serves to empower a diverse population of adult learners to complete their bachelors’.

As a Research Professor at Northwestern University, he led over $2M/year in externally funded research projects in advanced learning technologies, computational thinking, design thinking, online and blended learning, and new game-based approaches to engaging youth in interest-driven STEAM learning, making, and tinkering. He was the founder and director of the Office of STEM Education Partnerships, forging relationships with the K-12 STEM education community.

Dr. Jona was formerly on faculty at Carnegie Mellon where he designed innovative online professional master’s programs in software engineering, e-business, and learning sciences.

He continues to be a sought-after advisory board member and consultant on learning sciences research, strategy, and design. The author of numerous articles and conference papers on learning technology and design, he holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Northwestern University.

• Strategic advisor for academic online and blended learning and corporate training initiatives.
• Extensive experience in learning design and learning technology strategy.
• $10M+ in federal, foundation, & corporate funded research
• Deep expertise in the fields of STEM, e-learning, curriculum design, and education.

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