Virginia Tech’s Barbara Lockee Honored by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology

Barbara Lockee, associate vice provost for faculty affairs and professor of instructional design and technology in Virginia Tech’s School of Education, has received the 2022 David H. Jonassen Excellence in Research Award from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. The award, established in honor of the significant scholarly contributions made to the field by David H. Jonassen, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a long-term record of excellence in research in instructional design and technology.

“I am so thankful to my peers in AECT for this incredible honor,” said Professor Lockee. “To be recognized with an award that represents the kind of scholarly excellence and impact demonstrated by our late colleague and friend David Jonassen is humbling beyond measure.”

Dr. Lockee’s research and teaching are centered on the intersection of instructional design and distance learning, with the goal of advancing knowledge regarding effective distance-delivered courses and programs. She is a past president of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.

Dr. Lockee earned a bachelor’s degree in communication arts and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. In 1996, she received a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Virginia Tech. After serving as a postdoctoral fellow in the Office of Distance Learning at Virginia Tech, she was named an assistant professor of instructional technology. She was promoted to associate professor in 2001 and to full professor in 2007.

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