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Jennifer Richardson

Jennifer Richardson

Learning Design and Technology
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
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Professor Richardson’s research focuses on distance education, in particular online learning environments. Specific areas of research and practice related to online learning include social aspects of online learning, professional development practices, and gauging learning in online environments. With a graduate student research group she has recently examined the concept of instructor presence with implications for best practices in online teaching but also for instructors who are not the designers of the courses they teach. Dr. Richardson is also interested in the integration of technology to improve teaching and learning in a broader context.


Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Specializations in Educational Technology and Literacy, University at Albany/SUNY, 2001

C.A.S. Certificate of Advanced Study, University at Albany/SUNY, Educational Research and Evaluation, Specialization in Program Evaluation, 2001

M.S. in Curriculum Design & Instructional Technology, University at Albany/SUNY, 1999

M.S. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University at Albany/SUNY, 1997

M.S. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies, University at Albany/SUNY, 1996

B.A. in Political Science and History, Russell Sage College, 1993

Select Publications

Kozan, K. & Richardson, J.C. (2014). Interrelationships between and among Social, Teaching and Cognitive Presence. The Internet and Higher Education, 21, 68-73.

Richardson, J.C. & Alsup, J. (2015). Moving from the classroom to the keyboard: How seven teachers created their online teacher identities. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 16(1), 142-167.

Richardson, J.C., Koehler, A., Besser, E., Caskurlu, S. Lim, J. & Mueller, C. (2015). Conceptualizing and Investigating Instructor Presence in Online Learning Environments. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 16(3), 256-297.

Lim, J. & Richardson, J.C. (2016). Effect of online learners’ social networking experience and perceived social presence in online learning. The Internet and Higher Education, 29(2), 31-39. doi:10.1016/j.iheduc.2015.12.001.

Richardson, J.C., Besser, E., Koehler, A., Lim, J. & Strait, M. (2016). Instructors’ perceptions of instructor presence in online courses. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 17(4), 82-104.


Full Professor, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction, Purdue University, July 2016 to present

Associate Professor, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction, Purdue University, July 2008 to June 2016

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction, Purdue University, June 2002 to June 2008

Research Analyst, American Institutes for Research (AIR), Washington, DC, 2000-2002

Online Teaching & Learning Specialist, Center for Learning and Technology, Empire State College, 1998-2000

Program Evaluator, Evaluation Consortium, University at Albany, 1997- 2000

Professional Memberships

American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)
Sloan-C/ Online Learning Consortium (OLC)
Professors of Instructional Design and Technology (PIDT)