Dr. Barbara Lockee

The process of digital transformation provides a litany of challenges and opportunities in the world of education. As the pace of technological innovation accelerates and the educational tools at our disposal evolve, it is essential to keep our focus on the ultimate goal of using these technologies – the educational development of our students. Drawing on a wealth of experience in educational research and instruction, featured speaker Dr. Barbara Lockee of Virginia Tech will outline how we can take advantage of the opportunities presented by digital transformation to build learner centric educational models, where evolving technologies aren’t adopted for the sake of using the “latest and greatest” tech, but in support of an engaging, stimulating student experience.


Dr. Barbara Lockee is Professor of Instructional Design and Technology at Virginia Tech, where she is also Associate Director of the School of Education and Associate Director of Educational Research and Outreach. She teaches courses in instructional design, message design, and distance education. Her research interests focus on instructional design issues related to technology-mediated learning. She has published more than 80 papers in academic journals, conferences and books, and has presented her scholarly work at over 90 national and international conferences.

Dr. Lockee is Immediate Past President of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, an international professional organization for educational technology researchers and practitioners. She earned her Ph.D. in 1996 from Virginia Tech in Curriculum and Instruction (Instructional Technology), MA in 1991 from Appalachian State University in Curriculum and Instruction (Educational Media), and BA in 1986 from Appalachian State University in Communication Arts.

Professor Barbara Lockee is a Vice President of International Academic Forum (IAFOR). She is Chair of the Education & Language Learning division of the International Academic Advisory Board.