Dr. Jolie Kennedy’s research interests center on exploring phenomena in technology-mediated learning, particularly online learning, instructional design, and personal learning environments. She teaches foundational and advanced courses in online distance learning and instructional design. Her background is in instructional design, specializing in e-learning in business and industry including finance, defense, healthcare, and energy sectors.
Dr. Kennedy has a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Learning Technologies from the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. She holds a MA in Educational Technology from San Diego State University, She earned a BA in Psychology from Queens College of the City University of New York.
Dr. Kennedy has won the prestigious Qualitative Inquiry Award from the Association of Educational Communication and Technology, which recognizes insights into the social and cultural aspects of the educational technology field. In support of open education, she has won the Affordable Content Grant from the Partnership for Affordable Content to develop and implement open educational resources. She has won multiple excellence in teaching awards from the Center for Educational Innovation at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Kennedy leads the Online Distance Learning Certificate program, the Online Distance Learning Digital Badge Program, and Co-Leads the MEd in Learning Technologies Program. She teaches graduate-level foundational and advanced courses in online distance learning and learning experience design. She coordinates the undergraduate-level course, Foundations of Computer Applications in Business and Education.
Kennedy, J. (2020). Designing for the learning experience online. Invited talk presented at the Agriculture Education Networking Group.
Kennedy, J. (2019). Humanizing technology for social change. Presented at the 2019 International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI), Urbana, IL.
Kennedy, J. (2018). Exploring lived experiences in distance learning: A phenomenological lens. Presented at the 2018 E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (AACE), Las Vegas, NV.
Kennedy, J. (2019). Seven traits of personal learning environments for designing quality online learning programs: A systems view of connectedness. In E. Smidt and R. Li (Eds.), Ensuring Quality and Integrity in Online Learning Programs. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. Available at https://www.igi-global.com/chapter/seven-traits-of-personal-learning-environments-for-designing-quality-online-learning-programs/225259
Kennedy, J. (2018). Towards a model of connectedness in personal learning networks, Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 16(1), 21-40. Retrieved from http://www.ncolr.org/jiol/issues/pdf/16.1.2.pdf
Kennedy, J. (2015). Reflection: Using TPCK as a scaffold to self-assess the novice online teaching experience. Distance Education, 36(1), 148-154. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01587919.2015.1019964
Kennedy, J. (2014). Characteristics of massive open online courses (MOOCs): A research review, 2009-2012. Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 13(1). Retrieved from https://www.ncolr.org/jiol/issues/pdf/13.1.1.pdf
CEHD profile: https://www.cehd.umn.edu/ci/people/kennedy.html