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Athabasca University

Dr. Mary Kennedy




  • Ed.D., Indiana University


I am Dr. Mary Kennedy, and I am a contractual faculty member at Athabasca University where I teach two courses on the M. Ed. in Distance Education program, on a regular basis, two to three times annually.  I have been doing so for more than a decade. I have also taught on a part-time basis, in the past, for University of British Columbia, Royal Roads University, and University of Victoria. In the past twenty years I have been responsible for delivery of courses in instructional design, qualitative research methods, and program evaluation. I have designed and written six graduate courses for online delivery.

Prior to my move to British Columbia twenty years ago, I was Associate Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where I taught on the graduate program in Educational Technology for thirteen years. My teaching areas were instructional design theory and application, educational technology theory, and program evaluation theory and practice. I also was responsible for thesis supervision during those years, and I supervised over forty Master of Education theses.  My research interests are in the areas of instructional design and program evaluation. My research has been for the most part qualitative research, and often it has been funded, applied research in the form of formal program evaluations.  As a member of the Memorial University Faculty of Business Administration Centre for Management Development, I completed six major federally funded program evaluations, in addition to approximately ten smaller evaluation studies completed with colleagues or graduate students.

I have provided leadership in my field by serving as president elect, president, and past president of AMTEC (Association for Media and Technology in Education in Canada) from 1989 through 1991, and I was editor of CJEC (Canadian Journal of Educational Technology) for a three year term, from 1992 to 1995. AMTEC presented me with their leadership award in 1993.  I have also been an active member of AECT (Association for Educational Communication and Technology) throughout my academic career.  I have been recipient of their two graduate student awards in the past: The AECT Internship Award and the AECT Okoboji Award.  I have presented numerous papers at conferences of both organizations over the years, and I have continued my commitment to both organizations.  Until a decade ago I co-edited AMTEC’s revived research journal (Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology) for a three-year term.

I enjoy very much online teaching at the graduate level, as I have been doing for nearly two decades. I have continued with my own research though to a lesser extent, and I still occasionally supervise graduate theses or serve on thesis/dissertation committees.

Updated May 29 2017 by CDE

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