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Julia McKeown

Assistant Professor

402D Poe Hall


Julia McKeown (Ph.D.) joined North Carolina State University in 2016 in the Teacher Education and Learning Sciences Department. She currently teaches in the Learning, Design, and Technology program.

Prior to joining the faculty at NC State she was an assistant professor and the Director of Graduate Education Programs at the University of Tampa in Tampa, FL. Before working at the University of Tampa she worked at the Learning Systems Institute at Florida State University for two years as a researcher and co-pi on a DoE IES grant focused on technology integration in rural schools. In addition to her work in higher education, Dr. McKeown also spent six years as a high school teacher in Florida and is highly proficient in designing and developing e-learning and online instructional materials.

Research Description

Dr. McKeown is currently focused on two primary areas of research. The first focus is on modeling, mapping, and assessing complex problem solving, in a variety of settings including education programs. This includes work on evaluating and developing methods for partial to complete automation of mental model elicitation and analysis of complex problem representations.

The second area is focused on effective integration and use of technology in education to improve teacher and student performance. Particular emphasis is on Web-based software and tools, and online learning environments that can facilitate the development of professional communities of practice.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Instructional Systems from Florida State University in 2009
Master of Science in Instructional Systems from Florida State University in 2005
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Florida State University in 1999


Courses Taught

  • ECI 511 Technology Integration: Theory and Practice
  • ECI 512 Emerging Technology for Teaching and Learning
  • ECI 518 Program and Staff Development
  • ECI 519 Digital Learning Workshop
  • ECI 519 Developing Online Instruction

Editorial Boards

  • TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning (Springer)
  • Educational Technology Research & Development

Research Areas