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Daniela (Ela) Castellanos Reyes

Assistant Professor of Learning, Design and Technology


Poe Hall 402n

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Dr. Castellanos-Reyes is an Assistant Professor in Learning, Design, and Technology at North Carolina State University. She received her PhD and Master’s degrees in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Learning Design and Technology from Purdue University. Dr. Castellanos-Reyes approaches her research with the belief that online and distance learning improve women’s lives, and ultimately society. She is an educational researcher within the fields of instructional design, online learning, and learning analytics. Her research focuses on supporting online learners’ social presence through network analysis. Specifically, Dr. Castellanos-Reyes is interested in how peer-influence shapes learning communities in online learning environments. Her recent work examines the relationship between student retention and social media affordances (e.g., like buttons) in Massive Open Online Courses. Dr. Castellanos-Reyes’ methodological expertise includes network analysis, survey research, and hierarchical linear models. Her work has been published in Computers in Human Behavior, the Journal of Computing in Higher Education, and TechTrends. Her work has been supported by National Academy of Education, the Spencer Foundation, and the Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) and the Frank DeBruicker Graduate Award in Educational Technology. Prior to her doctoral studies, Ela earned her B.A. in English Philology and English Education from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.


Doctor of Philosophy Learning Design and Technology Purdue University 2023

Master of Science Education Learning Design and Technology Purdue University 2019

Bachelor of Arts English Philology and English Education Universidad Nacional de Colombia 2017

Area(s) of Expertise

Online learning | Social Presence | Learning Analytics | Evidence-informed practices | Educational Data Science | Meta-Analysis | Latina/o/e/x in Higher Education | Network Analysis | Culture in Online Learning


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  • Outstanding Publication Award: Book Chapter, with your chapter entitled “Mobile Learning for Emergency Situations: Four Design Cases from Latin America” – Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), Culture, Learning, and Technology (CLT) Division
  • Early Career Symposium Awardee – Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), Research & Theory Division.
  • LASER Institute Scholar (Learning Analytics in STEM Education Research) – North Carolina State University ($1500).
  • Somos Purdue Award – Latino Cultural Center, Purdue University.
  • Dean’s Graduate Student Outstanding Scholarship Award – Purdue University
  • Top 10 Good COVID Reads by National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL): “The Impact of COVID-19 on Education: A Meta-Narrative Review”