Kemi Jona

Kemi Jona has worked at the forefront of the e-learning and online learning fields for many years. He has worked with leading universities—including Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Columbia, and Northwestern—on the design, development, and deployment of innovative online professional masters and non-credit programs, undergraduate courses, and blended offerings. He has also advised on the evaluation and adoption of a range of learning management systems and other technologies to support online learning. Dr. Jona has also worked extensively in the corporate training and e-learning field. He was a Senior Design Architect at Cognitive Arts where he designed and oversaw the development of custom learning solutions for numerous corporate clients including GE Capital, Wal-Mart, Eaton/Cutler-Hammer, and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). These solutions include learning technology, curriculum restructuring, redesign of classroom-based courses and seminars, and instructional design staff workshops. Dr. Jona received his doctorate in Computer Science from the Institute for the Learning Sciences at Northwestern University where he was part of the team that developed the Goal-Based Scenario (GBS) approach to e-learning design. At the Institute, he created innovative learning systems for government and defense sponsors, including a multi-year partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that produced an award-winning interactive learning system currently in use throughout the U.S. Dr. Jona is currently a Research Associate Professor of Learning Sciences and Computer Science at Northwestern University where he leads research and development projects in instructional design and online learning. He advises the university on the design of their online professional masters and non-credit programs as well as online K-12 courses offered by the Center for Talent Development. He is a frequent invited speaker at industry conferences and the author of numerous book chapters, articles, and research papers on the topics of online learning, curriculum design, intelligent tutoring systems, authoring tools, and Goal-Based Scenarios. He is often asked to conduct workshops on instructional design techniques, teacher training, and emerging trends in learning technology.