In Memorium: Dr. Karen Swan


  • Peter Shea University at Albany, State University of New York



The community that makes up the Online Learning journal lost a colleague, leader, and dear friend recently.  Dr. Karen Swan, a founding member of the Online Learning Consortium and the James J. Stukel Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield passed away on September 5, 2021.  Karen was a central figure on the editorial board of this journal and we will miss her wisdom, kindness, and spirit. 

Author Biography

Peter Shea, University at Albany, State University of New York

Dr. Peter Shea is an associate professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York with joint appointments in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice and the Department of Informatics. His research focuses on the development of communities of learners in higher education online environments. Dr. Shea has a long history of publications on the topic of online learning in journals such as Online Learning, Computers and Education, The Internet and Higher Education, IRRODL, and is co-author of the book, The Successful Distance Learning Student. He directs a program of research on online learning that has attracted significant external funding from organizations such as the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the US Department of Education. He is the recipient or co-recipient of four national awards including the EDUCAUSE Award for Systemic Improvement in Teaching and Learning and awards from the Sloan Consortium for online and faculty development programs. He is a Sloan-C Fellow in research on online learning and a member of their board of directors. Prior to joining the University at Albany, he was Director of the SUNY Learning Network, one of the largest online higher education systems in the United States with annual student enrollments of more than 100,000. He was recently appointed Associate Provost for Online Learning at the University at Albany.






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