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Jaya Kannan, Ph.D.

Jaya Kannan, Ph.D.

Director of Digital Learning

Jaya Kannan is the Director of Digital Learning at Sacred Heart University. She has a PhD in Computer Assisted Language Learning and more than 15 years of international teaching and research experience in the higher education setting.

In addition to managing a five year Title V federal grant, she has administrative experience running Teaching and Learning Centers. Her recent research interests involve the study of self-directed learning and the role of affect in the digital learning environment.

Professional Experience

2013 – present: 

Director, Digital Learning, Sacred Heart University  


Director, Jandrisevits Learning Center, Sacred Heart University 

2002 – 2011: 


Metropolitan College of New York, NY
Director, Learning Enhancement Center and Associate Professor [2007– 2011]
Assistant Professor [2002 – 2006] 

2001 – 2002: 


Adjunct teaching positions in USA 
University of Connecticut, Stamford: Advanced ESL 
Rutgers University: Expository Writing 101 
Sacred Heart University, Stamford: Composition and Rhetoric 

1999 – 2000:


Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore
Lecturer, Language and Communications Department 

Degrees and Certifications


    Ph.D., 1996:


    Ph.D. in Computer Assisted Language Learning 
    Dissertation: The use of artificial intelligence to improve inferential reading 
    Anna University, Chennai, India

    M. Phil., 1991: 


    Master of Philosophy: English Language, Literature & Linguistics
    Winner of gold medal, Specialization in Afro-American literature
    University of Madras, Chennai, India
    M.A., 1989: 

    Master of Arts in English Language and Literature
    University of Madras, Chennai, India
    B.S., 1987: 

    Bachelor of Science (Physics)
    University of Mysore, Mysore, India


Research Interests & Grants

    Ongoing research

    Current research:
    The role of affect in fostering learner autonomy
    interests: Learning through self-assessment in online writing courses
    The development of self-directed learning in the online environment

    Ph.D. dissertation:
    Area of research: Computer Assisted Language Learning
    Title: The use of artificial intelligence to improve inferential reading

    M. Phil. dissertation:
    Area of research: Afro-American Literature
    Title: Humour in Langston Hughes’ Jesse B. Simple columns

    Managed a Title V federal grant (2.25 million) as the Director, Learning Enhancement Centre, at Metropolitan College of New York – from 2007 to 2011.

Publications and Presentations

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    • Kannan, J., Kurup, V. Blended learning in anesthesia education - current state and future model. Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology. Fall 2012. 25 (6), pp. 692-698.

    • Kannan, J., Depoo, T.(2011). MCNY DL Case-study: Paradigm shift in serving predominantly black minority students. University of Wisconsin 20th annual conference on distance teaching and learning.

    • Kannan, J. et al. Using Learning Goals to Promote Self-Directedness: How Problems in Research led to Solutions in Teaching. International Journal for the Advancement of Educational Research. 2011.

    • Kannan, J. & Miller, J.L. Case study of connected knowing in an online environment. International Journal for the Advancement of Educational Research. 2010. Vol. 5, No. 1, 101-112.

    • Kannan, J. & Miller, J.L. The Positive Impact of Negative Emotions: Fear, Anxiety, Conflict, and Resistance as Productive Forces in Academic Study and in the Emergence of Learner Autonomy. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 2009. Vol. 2.0, Number 2, 144-154. 

    Recent conference presentations:


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