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Jonan Donaldson, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Office Location: 
326.01 ILCB


Jonan Donaldson is a learning scientist with a position as a postdoctoral research associate in the Center for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M University where he is leading the development of the new Innovation and Design for Exploration and Analysis in Teaching Excellence (IDEATE) program for scholarship of teaching and learning. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Learning Technology from Drexel University. He has taught online courses in education, technology, learning experience design, and critical pedagogy at Drexel University, Oregon State University, Western Oregon University, and other higher education institutions. His specialties include constructionist learning, critical pedagogy, epistemic learning, design thinking, and creativity. His current research involves using theory and methods from the learning sciences, complex systems theory, and linguistics to investigate the relationship between conceptualizations of learning and practices in teaching and learning.


Areas of Expertise:

  • Learning Sciences
  • Constructionist Learning
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Leaning Experience Design
  • Design Thinking
  • Creativity

Selected Publications:

Donaldson, J. P. (2020). Building a digitally enhanced community of practiceInformation and Learning Sciences, 121(5/6), 241-250.
Donaldson, J.P. (2020). Travelling in Troy with an instructional designer. In J. Strommel, C. Friend, & S. Morris (Eds.), Critical digital pedagogy: A collection (pp. 106-117). Washington, D.C.: Hybrid Pedagogy Inc.
​Donaldson, J. P. (2020). Conceptualizations of learning in the learning sciences. Paper presented at the 2020 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, April 17 – 21, 2020, San Francisco, California.