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Jonathan Cohen

Assistant Professor    

Ph.D. in Education, University of Virginia, 2014
M.A. in Literature, University of Maryland, 2001
B.A. in English Language and Literature, University of Michigan, 1997


Instructional technology


Jonathan Cohen is an assistant professor in the College of Education & Human Development’s Learning Technologies Division. His work explores how technology can be used to transform student learning in elementary and secondary classrooms. This interest has taken his research into a variety of content domains, and with technologies as diverse as neural networks and 3-D printing.

Cohen received his bachelor’s degree in English language and literature, with distinction, from the University of Michigan in 1999; his master’s degree in English from the University of Maryland in 2001; and his doctorate in education from the University of Virginia in 2014. He has worked in a variety of educational contexts, in roles ranging from director of the Laboratory School for Advanced Manufacturing in Charlottesville, Va., to school improvement consultant, to secondary English teacher. He currently serves on the Teacher Education Council of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education.


Jones, W. M., Cohen, J. D., & Smith, S. (in press). Pre-service teachers’ beliefs about using maker activities in formal K-12 educational settings: A multi-institutional study. Journal of Research on Technology in Education. doi: 10.1080/15391523.2017.1318097

Cohen, J. D. (2017). Maker principles and technologies in teacher education: A national survey. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 25(1), 5-30.

Cohen, J. D. & Leroux, A. (2017). A path to formative assessment through naturalistic inputs. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 28(2), 93-108.

Cohen, J. D., Renken, M., & Calandra, B. (in press). Urban middle school students, 21st century skills, and STEM-ICT careers: Selected findings from a front-end analysis. TechTrends. doi: 10.1007/s11528-017-0170-8

Moore-Adams, B., Jones, W.M., & Cohen, J. D. (2016). Learning to teach online: a systematic review of the literature on K-12 teacher preparation for teaching online. Distance Education, 37(3), 333-348.

Tillman, D., An, S., Cohen, J. D., Kjellstrom, W., & Boren, R. (2014). Exploring wind power: Improving mathematical thinking through digital fabrication. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 23(4), 401-421.