Sangeetha Gopalakrishnan

Sangeetha Gopalakrishnan

Learning Design and Technology
Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Sangeetha Gopalakrishnan is director of the Foreign Language Technology Center at Wayne State University (WSU). Her research interests include technology integration at academic institutions, and best practices and leadership strategies for implementing successful online programs at universities. As adjunct faculty she has taught graduate courses in Instructional Technology at WSU and Purdue University.  Previously, she taught German at the Goethe Institute in Chennai, India. She received a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University in 2011 and a M.S. in Educational Technology from Purdue University in 2001. She is immediate past president of the International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT).


Ph.D. in Instructional Technology, Wayne State University (WSU), August 2011

Dissertation: Best Practices, Leadership Strategies and a Change Model for Implementing
Successful Online Programs at Universities, Advisor: Rita Richey, Instructional Technology

M.S. in Education, Educational Technology, Purdue University, May 2001

Specialization: Web-based and distance education

Masters Project: TIPDOC, an Online Course for Professional Development of In-Service Teachers,
Advisor: Peggy Ertmer, Educational Technology

Master of Science, Mathematics, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, June 1988

Specialization: Computer Programming

Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, Queen Mary’s College, Chennai, India, April 1986

Specialization: Computer Programming

Select Publications

Gopalakrishnan, S. (In press). Parvathy Ramanathan and Mohana Ganesan: Redesigning a Workshop To Increase The Impact Of Social Workers’ Efforts In A Developing Country. In P. A. Ertmer, J. A. Quinn & K. D. Glazewski (Eds.), The ID CaseBook: Case Studies in Instructional Design (5th Edition). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Gopalakrishnan, S. (2013). Empirical development of a model for implementing online learning at academic institutions. In T. Plomp & N. Nieveen (Eds.), Educational design research: Introduction and illustrative cases. Enschede, Netherlands: SLO, Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development.

Gopalakrishnan, S., Franz, J., & Yaden, B. (2013). The Language Learning Center Director: Management and Leadership: Roles, Styles and Philosophies. In A. Ross (Ed.), IALLT Language Center Management. The International Association for Language Learning Technology.

Erbaggio, P., Gopalakrishnan, S., Hobbs, S., & Liu, H. (2012). Enhancing Student Engagement through Online Authentic Materials. IALLT Journal, 42(2).

Gopalakrishnan, S. (2012). A change model for implementing online learning: Best practices and leadership strategies. In Distance Learning, 2012: Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning (pp. 260-264). Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin System.


Wayne State University, 2002 – present

2004 – present, Director, Foreign Language Technology Center (FLTC)
2002 – 2004, Instructional Technology Coordinator, FLTC
2015, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
2005, 2008, Adjunct Faculty, Instructional Technology Program
2004, Adjunct Faculty, Department of German

Purdue University, 2012 – present; 1998 – 2001

2012 – present Adjunct Faculty, Learning Design & Technology Program
1998 – 2001 Research & Teaching Assistant, Educational Technology Program

Other Organizations

1993 – 1998 German language instructor, Goethe-Institut (Germany’s cultural institute worldwide), Chennai, India
1990 – 1993 Project Associate, Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) (the German Agency for Technical Cooperation), Chennai, India

Professional Memberships

The International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT)
The Midwest Association for Language Learning & Technology (MWALLT)
The Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO)
Online Learning Consortium (OLC)

Courses Taught

EDCI 51300
EDCI 53100
EDCI 56400
EDCI 56600
EDCI 56900
EDCI 57200
EDCI 57700
EDCI 60002
EDCI 67200