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Sunnie Watson

Associate Professor
Learning Design & Technology
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Link to Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Sunnie Lee Watson teaches and conducts scholarly work in the field of learner-centered paradigm of education. Her areas of research focus on attitudinal learning and mindset change for social justice in both formal and informal educational settings, learner-centered online instruction and innovative educational technologies, and critical systems thinking for educational change. 


Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Indiana University, 2008
Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University, 2008
M.Ed. in Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University, 2005
B.A. in Educational Technology, Ewha Woman's University, 2001

Select Publications

(+indicates blind peer review publication, *indicates major contributing author, #indicates mentoring of students)

+*Watson, S. L. (2017). An exploratory case study of the instructional design of an animal behavior and welfare MOOC for attitudinal learning. Open Learning.  

+*Watson, S. L., *Watson, W. R., *Yu, J. H., #Almari, H., & #Mueller, C. (2017). Learner profiles of attitudinal learning in a MOOC: An explanatory sequential mixed methods study. Computers & Education. 114.  274-285.

+*Watson, S. L., *#Loizzo, J., *Watson, W. R., #Mueller, C., #Lim, J., & Ertmer, P. (2016). Instructional design, facilitation, and perceived learning gains: An exploratory case study of a human trafficking MOOC for attitudinal change. Educational Technology Research and Development, 64(6), 1273-1300.

+*Watson, W. R., *Kim, W., & *Watson, S. L. (2016). Learning outcomes of a MOOC designed for attitudinal change: A case study of an Animal Behavior and Welfare MOOC. Computers & Education96, 83-93.

+*Watson, S. L., *Watson, W. R., Richardson, J. & #Loizzo, J. (2016). Instructor’s use of social presence, teaching presence and attitudinal dissonance:  A case study of an attitudinal change MOOC. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning. 17(3), 54-74


Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Studies, Teachers College, Ball State University

Associate Instructor, Department of Instructional Systems Technology, School of Education, Indiana University

Corporate Instructional Designer, Marsh, McDonald's, Walgreens, BearingPoint, Accenture Projects, WisdomTools, Inc.

Instructional Design and Technology Consultant, Instructional Consulting and Technology Services, School of HPER, Indiana University

Secondary English Teacher, Yungduk High School, South Korea

Instructional Designer & Consultant, Solve-It Media Inc., South Korea

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