I serve as the Director of the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, the research arm of Michigan Virtual, where I manage a team of researchers and writers working on multiple state-legislated research projects focused on policy and practice in K-12 online and blended learning. I also serve as an adjunct professor and advisor for the Ed.D. program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. In addition, I own and operate a consulting firm -- Kathryn Kennedy Consulting -- dedicated to helping organizations and stakeholders as they navigate the changing landscape of the field of education.
I formerly served as the Director of Research for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). My practical experiences and research interests include educator professional development for technology integration and instructional design in traditional, blended, and online learning environments. I previously chaired the K-12 Online Learning SIG for the Society for Information Technology and Teaching Education (SITE). I am one of the founding Editors-in-Chief of the Journal of Online Learning Research, a peer-reviewed, international, open source journal published by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). I am also one of the founding Editors of the Handbook of Research on K-12 Online and Blended Learning, an open source handbook published by Carnegie Mellon's ETC Press. I serve on the Advisory Council for the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning.
I earned my Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in educational technology from the University of Florida, a master’s from the Florida State University in library and information science, specializing in young adult literature, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida in English, with an emphasis in children’s and adolescent literature. Feel free to contact me if you would like additional information and/or if you would like to collaborate with me.