Associate Professor, George Mason University
Brenda Bannan is an Associate Professor in the Instructional Technology and Learning Technologies Design Research program at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA. Her research interests primarily center on the articulation of integrated design and research processes in learning technology design and development. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on the emerging method of design research in education related to areas such as mobile learning, augmented reality, inquiry-based instruction, language learning and cognition, motivation and special education. Dr. Bannan’s honors include designations such as a National Science Foundation CAREER grant awardee, an invited member of the international research panel on design research at Bejiing Normal University and East China Normal University in Shanghai and an appointed visiting scholar at Stanford University’s d.School. Her research specifically focuses on the application of instructional design and user experience (UX) design processes integrating learning theory, systematic design processes and emerging technologies to improve education, training and performance contexts. Currently funded by the National Science Foundation in the Smart & Connected Communities award program, Dr. Bannan leads a team developing a smart city solution for emergency response and medical team training integrating mobile sensor-based technologies, activity stream data and learning analytics. She also currently leads an action cluster team in the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Global City Teams Challenge entitled “SMART Emergency Medical and First Response Multiteam Systems.” This project garnered first place in Wearable Technology for Learning Design at the European Commission Technology Enhanced Learning Conference (EC-TEL). Her work has been published in the recent Internet of Things and Data Analytics Handbook published by Wiley and Sons and she has co-authored papers in multiple national and international academic journals. Dr. Bannan has also been invited a keynote speaker and panelist for numerous International and National organizations including most recently the National Science Foundation (NSF), The U.S. Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program (NITRD), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National League of Cities (NLC).