Nada Dabbagh

Nada Dabbagh

Nada Dabbagh


Online and blended learning; personal learning environments (PLEs); social media and social learning; pedagogical ecology of technology mediated learning tasks (digital pedagogy); affordance based design/interaction design; case problem generation and representation in problem based learning; supporting student self-regulation in online and blended learning.


Nada Dabbagh is Professor and Director of the Division of Learning Technologies in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. She holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Design from The Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Science in Math Methodology and Operations Research from Columbia University. Dr. Dabbagh teaches graduate courses in instructional design, e-learning pedagogy, and cognition and technology in the Learning Design and Technology (LDT) and the Learning Technologies Design Research (LTDR) programs. In 2003, Dr. Dabbagh received the George Mason University Teaching Excellence award, Mason’s highest recognition for faculty members who demonstrate exceptional skill in and commitment to their teaching and learning practice.

Dr. Dabbagh‛s research focuses on the pedagogical ecology of technology mediated learning environments with the goal of understanding the social and cognitive affordances of learning systems design. Specific research interests include online and blended learning, interaction design, personalized learning and personal learning environments (PLEs), problem-based learning, supporting self-regulated learning in online and blended learning environments, and leveraging social media for personalized learning experiences.

Dr. Dabbagh has an extensive publication record which includes five books and over 100 research papers and book chapters. She has presented her research at over 100 scholarly venues participating as keynote and invited speaker at conferences in Bahrain, Brazil, Iran, Oman, Thailand, and the United States. Dr. Dabbagh is a frequent speaker at local and regional learning development events organized by government agencies and institutions such as the Assoication for Talent Development (ADT), the Mine Safety Health Administration (MSHA), the National Association of Attorneys General, Booz Allen Hamilton, University of District of Columbia, and the Central Intelligence Agency University. Dr. Dabbagh has facilitated numerous learning technology design projects which led to the award winning Learning Asset Technology Integration Support Tool or LATIST and the Tech Select Decision Aide.


Selected Publications

Dabbagh, N., Howland, J., & Marra, R. (2019). Meaningful online learning: Integrating strategies, activities, and learning technologies for effective designs. New York, N.Y.: Routledge.

Dabbagh, N., Benson, A., Denham, A., Joseph, R., Zgheib, G., Al-Freih, M., Fake, H., & Guo, Z. (2016). Learning technologies and globalization: Pedagogical frameworks and applications. SpringerBriefs in Educational Communications and Technology. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

Dabbagh, N. & Bannan-Ritland, B. (2005). Online learning: Concepts, strategies, and application. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Fake, H., & Dabbagh, N. (2020). Personalized learning within online workforce learning environments: Exploring implementations, obstacles, opportunities, and perspectives of workforce leaders. Technology, Knowledge, and Learning. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10758-020-09441-x

Dabbagh, N., Fake, H., & Zhang, Z. (2019). Student perspectives of technology use for learning in higher education. The Iberoamerican Review of Digital Education (RIED)22(1), 127-152.


PhD, Pennsylvania State University