College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Dr. Nada Dabbagh
PhD, Pennsylvania State University
Division Director, Division of Learning Technologies
Learning Design and Technology
Learning Technologies Design Research

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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall L047
4400 University Dr.
MS 5D6
Fairfax, VA 22030


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.

Research Interests

Dr. Dabbagh‛s research areas include:

  • 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
Recent 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.
  • Moallem, M., Woei, H., & Dabbagh, N. (Eds.) (2019). Wiley handbook of problem-based learning. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • 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.
  • Kitsantas, A., & Dabbagh, N. (2010). Learning to learn with Integrative Learning Technologies (ILT): A practical guide for academic success. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.
  • 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.
  • Dabbagh, N., & Kitsantas, A. (2018). Fostering self-regulated learning with digital technologies. In R. Zheng (Ed.), Strategies for deep learning with digital technology: Theories and practices in education (pp. 51-69). Hauppauge NY: NOVA Science Publishers.
  • Dabbagh, N., & Fake, H. (2017). College students’ perceptions of Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) through the lens of digital tools, processes, and spaces. Journal of New Approaches in Educational Research, 6(1), 28-36. Available from
  • Dabbagh, N., & Fake, H. (2016). Tech Select decision aide: A mobile application to facilitate just-in-time decision support for instructional designers. TechTrends. DOI:10.1007/s11528-016-0152-2 Available from
  • Dabbagh, N. (2015). Personal Learning Environments. In M.J. Spector (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of educational technology (pp. 572-575). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Dabbagh, N., Kitsantas, A., Al-Freih, M., & Fake, H. (2015). Using social media to develop Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) and self-regulated learning skills: A case study. International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments,3(3), 163-183.
  • Dabbagh, N., & Kitsantas, A. (2013). The role of social media in self-regulated learning. International Journal of Web Based Communities (IJWBC), Special Issue, Social Networking and Education as a Catalyst Social Change, 9(2), 256-273.
  • Dabbagh, N. & Dass, S. (2013). Case designs for problem-based pedagogical approaches: A comparative analysis. Computers & Education, v(64), 161-174, Special Issue, Towards innovation in learning technologies research: Essays in honour of David Jonassen.
  • Dabbagh, N., & Kitsantas, A. (2012). Personal Learning Environments, social media, and self-regulated learning: A natural formula for connecting formal and informal learning. The Internet and Higher Education, 15(1), 3-8. Available from (Top 25 downloaded education articles in 2014)
  • Dabbagh, N., & Reo, R. (2011). Back to the future: Tracing the roots and learning affordances of social software. In M.J.W. Lee and C. McLoughlin (Eds.), Web 2.0-based e-Learning:  Applying social informatics for tertiary teaching. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
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