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Hi! I’m Dr. Vanessa Dennen, a professor of Instructional Systems & Learning Technologies (ISLT) in the Department of Educational Psychology & Learning Systems at Florida State University. I presently serve as the Program Coordinator for ISLT and Academic Director of the EdD Program in Learning Design & Performance Technology.

I’m also editor-in-chief of The Internet and Higher Education, a journal that focuses on empirical research about pedagogical issues related to Internet use in higher education settings.

My research focuses on how people use emerging technologies to interact and engage in a variety of knowledge activities. That means that I study issues related to online identity, networks, communities, learning, and professional development. You can learn more about my recent articles here

I am presently co-leading the Students, Social Media & Schools research team, which studies social media use among adolescents and young adults in the school context (middle school, high school, university). 

I primarily teach graduate students, with a teaching repertoire that includes courses on instructional design for emerging technologies (e.g., social media, mobile learning, OER), learning theory, and research design and methods. I also supervise the graduate student instructors who teach the EME2040 Introduction to Educational Technology Course.