Ana-Paula Correia

Associate Professor, Master of Learning Technologies Program Coordinator
PhD, Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University-Bloomington (2005)
MSc, Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University-Bloomington (2001)
MSc, Educational Technology, University of Minho, Portugal (1996)
BS, Teaching Biology and Geology, University of Minho, Portugal (1989)

Ana-Paula Correia is an associate professor of learning technologies in the Department of Educational Studies. She has more than 25 years of experience in learning design and instructional systems technology. Specifically, her expertise in distance education, online and mobile learning, collaborative learning and entrepreneurial educational approaches have been published in nearly 30 peer-reviewed journals. She has been involved with research projects funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Pappajohn Center/Kauffman Foundation and U.S. Department of Education.

During her tenure at Iowa State University, Correia’s research was awarded for excellence several times by the Association for Educational Communication and Technology as well as the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. Correia earned her PhD from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Areas of Expertise

  • Learning Experience Design
  • Online & Mobile Learning and Teaching
  • Collaborative Learning
  • Curriculum Development
  • Program & Product Evaluation 

Research Interests

Toxicology mentoring and diversity inclusion training program
This project has been recently funded by the National Institutes of Health, Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training. It aims to offer a mentoring program to underrepresented college students and recruit them into the toxicology profession. Another specific aim of this project is to develop and deliver openly available online training modules that address toxicology core competencies. Toxicology is the science of characterizing the effects of poisons or toxicants on living organisms. It is an established profession in North America, however, the number of underrepresented groups in toxicology remains disappointingly low. The Toxicology Mentoring and Diversity Inclusion Training Program is addressing this problem. This is a multi-institutional project led by Iowa State University, Iowa and involving the Ohio State University, Ohio and Tuskegee University, Alabama. 

Plant breeding e-learning in Africa
Practical plant breeders who can independently manage breeding programs with a good understanding of the seed business are central to enhanced agricultural productivity. However, the number of such breeders is limited in Africa. This project aims to face this challenge by enhancing education of plant breeders with current technological skills for the emerging African seed industry via: (1) Practical hands-on experiences; and (2) e-Learning materials and applied learning activities addressing real world issues. Project activities were developed in partnership with Iowa State University (United States) and three universities in sub-Saharan Africa: Makerere University (Uganda), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana), and University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). This project is funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is now close to completion. 

Examining online learning experiences in collectivist cultures thorugh the Community of Inquiry Framework
This research study investigates online facilitation strategies in collectivist cultures within the Community of Inquiry Framework of analysis. Even though much research using Community of Inquiry has been conducted, most of it has occurred in North American contexts of practice, which are defined by Hofstede as individualist cultures. This research study addresses this gap by looking at how the Community of Inquiry applies to collectivist cultures particularly evident in countries such as Portugal and other Portuguese-speaking countries. Over 400 online students attending the Portuguese Open University and ten online teachers participated in the data collection. Data are now being analyzed and reported. This project was part of my Faculty Professional Development Leave in Lisbon, Portugal.