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In Memoriam: Karen Swan

Long-time UPCEA member and colleague Karen Swan passed away in early September 2021. Dr. Swan served as professor of education at the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Center for Online Learning, Research and Service. Previously, she served as research professor at Kent State University’s Research Center for Educational Technology. Dr. Swan completed her doctorate in Educational/Instructional Technology at Columbia University’s Teachers College. 

Dr. Swan was a noted scholar and practitioner of online learning, having begun teaching online in the 1990s. Her research focused on learning effectiveness, interactivity, social presence, learning analytics, and learner support in online environments. A prolific scholar, Dr. Swan published numerous articles, book chapters, and multimedia programs, as well as several books. She also helped develop the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework.

Dr. Swan is remembered by her colleagues as a theorist, scholar and thought leader in technology-enhanced learning. She is remembered by her students as an attentive, caring mentor and advocate. UPCEA extends its heartfelt condolences to the Swan family.

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