Jennifer Qian

Jennifer Qian

Associate Professor, Professional Practice

Bachelor's Degree: Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Beijing Language University, China, 1991

Master's Degree: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1998

EdD: Educational Technology, Lehigh University, 2004

Phone: (225) 578-5470


Office: 111P Peabody Hall



Dr. Qian started her higher education career in 1991. Prior to joining Louisiana State University, she served as the doctoral research chair in the Doctor of Education program at Northeastern University, Boston, where she was the recipient of 2017 Teaching Excellence Award in the College of Professional Studies. Dr. Qian directed over 50 doctoral research studies on a variety of topics in education and produced 32 doctorates since 2010.

Dr. Qian’s research interests include technology-enabled academic transformation, models of online education and best practices in online teaching, the design, development and assessment of technology-enhanced learning environments, and the design of authentic learning tasks and modeling, coaching, and scaffolding strategies for active and deep learning. Her most recent publications include two books, "Integrating Multi-User Virtual Environments in Modern Classrooms" (2018) and “Technology Leadership for Innovation in Higher Education” (2019). She is also the author of a dozen journal articles and book chapters on emerging learning technologies and innovative learning environments. In addition, she provides editorial review for SAGE and IGI Global. 


Qian, Y. (Ed.) (2018). Integrating multi-user virtual environments in modern classrooms. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Qian, Y., & Huang, G. (Eds.) (forthcoming). Technology leadership for innovation in higher education. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Qian, Y. (forthcoming). Technology-enabled academic transformation for learners of the future. In Y. Qian, Y., & G. Huang (Eds). Technology leadership for innovation in higher education. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. 

Qian, Y. (2016). Computer simulations in higher education: Affordances, opportunities and outcomes. In P. Vu, S. Fredrickson, & C. Moore (Eds.), Handbook of research on innovative pedagogies and technologies for online learning in higher education (pp. 236-262). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Qian, Y. (2014). 3D multi-user virtual environments in science education: Potential and challenges. In T. Heafner, R. Hartshorne, & T. Petty (Eds.), Exploring the effectiveness of online education in K-12 environments (pp. 302-324). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Komarnicki, J., & Qian, Y. (2014). How do they fare: Learning achievement and satisfaction with blended learning for traditional-age undergraduates at moderately selective colleges. In A. Grant (Ed.), Critical examinations of distance education: Transformation across disciplines (pp. 178-195). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Qian, Y. (2009). 3D Multi-user virtual environments: Promising directions for science education. The Science Educator, 18(2), 25-29.

Qian, Y. (2009). New media literacy in 3-D virtual learning environments. In T.W. Hin & S. Ramanathan (Eds.), Handbook of research on new media literacy at the K-12 levels: Issues & challenges (pp. 257-269). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.

Qian, Y. (2009). Meaningful learning with wikis: Making a connection. In T. Kidd & I. Chen (Eds.), Wired for learning: An educators guide to Web 2.0 (pp. 197-214). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Qian, Y. (2008). An investigation of current online educational games. In R. Ferdig (Ed.), Handbook of research on effective electronic gaming in education (pp. 67-82). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.

Qian, Y. (2008). Learning in 3-D virtual worlds: Rethinking media literacy. Educational Technology, 47(7), 38-41.

Martindale, T., Cates, W. M., & Qian, Y. (2004). Analysis of recognized Web-based educational resources. Computers in the Schools, 21(3/4), 101-117.

Martindale, T., Cates, W.M, & Qian, Y. (2003). Educational Websites: A classification system for educators and learners. Educational Technology, 43(6), 47-50.

Qian, Y. (1996). Inter-language theory and teaching Chinese as a foreign language: Analysis of the acquisition of the Chinese rhetorical question by foreign learners. Studies in Higher Education, Spring Issue, 13-16. (China)

Qian, Y. (1995). The use of functional grammar in the teaching of the ‘ba’ sentence in Chinese. Studies in Higher Education, Fall Issue, 29-31. (China)

Conference Presentations 

Qian, Y. (2012). Promoting active learning: The Community of Inquiry Approach to designing synchronous E-Learning. World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare & Higher Education, Montreal, Canada.

Qian, Y. (2009). Online educational games: A guide to major game websites. ED-MEDIA World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, Honolulu, HI.

Qian, Y. (2007). Meaningful leaning with wikis: Make a connection. Society of Information

Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), San Antonio, TX.

Qian, Y. (2006). Engage or enrage: Designing educational websites that work for the millennials. Society of Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), Orlando, FL.

Qian, Y. (2005). Designing online learning activities that make sense online: Theory into practice. Society of Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), Phoenix, AZ.

Qian, Y. (2004). Making optimal use of the Web as a learning tool: Development of an instructional design model for web-based instruction. American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), Philadelphia, PA.

Qian, Y. (2004). Instructional design models for constructivist learning: A theoretical synthesis of essential elements. American Educational Research Association. San Diego, CA.

Qian, Y. (2003). Adversity OR opportunity: Women’s global views (Panelist), American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) 2nd Annual International Public Forum, Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA.

Qian, Y. (2003). Development of an instructional design model for designing the web as a cognitive tool. Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Anaheim, CA.

Qian, Y. (2001). Exemplary instructional websites: A study of instructional design. Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Atlanta, GA.

Qian, Y. (1997). The application of functional grammar in teaching Chinese as a foreign language: A case study. American Culture and Popular Culture Associations, San Antonio, TX.