Jaya Kannan’s background in higher-education combines international teaching experience, management of teaching and learning centers, implementation of a USD 2.25 million federal grant, and scholarship in digital pedagogy. Kannan has a PhD in Computer Assisted Language Learning using Artificial Intelligence (ICALL) from Anna University, India.
Her digital pedagogy research includes studying the development of learner autonomy in face-to-face, online, and blended contexts. In exploring the application of new classroom technologies, she is especially interested in examining the role of affect and strategies to build learning communities.
Kannan joined Amherst College as the Director of Technology for Curriculum and Research in the summer of 2018, and heads the Academic Technology Services (ATS) unit within the IT department. Her work with faculty and students focuses on the meaningful integration of digital technologies to enhance teaching and learning. Providing equal learning opportunities through digital accessibility initiatives is also part of the ATS work portfolio. For more info on the Mission, Values, and wide range of services provided by ATS, please visit the ATS website.
Highlights of Scholarly Publications
Kannan, J., Brenneis, S. J., & Nader-Esfahani, S. (2021). Galleries of Language: Maker-Centered Learning and the Language and Culture Classroom. Calico Journal, 38(1).
Kannan, J. (2019). Promoting Critical Reading using Google Tools–a Community of Inquiry Approach. Irish Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 4(1), 16-35.
Kannan, J. and P. Munday (2018). New Trends in Second Language Learning and Teaching through the lens of ICT, Networked Learning, and Artificial Intelligence. In: Fernández Juncal, C. and N. Hernández Muñoz (eds.) Vías de transformación en la enseñanza de lenguas con mediación tecnológica. Círculo de Lingüística Aplicada a la Comunicación 76, 13-30 http://dx.doi.org/10.5209/CLAC.62495
Kannan, J., & Munday, P. (2017). Challenges in using cloud technology for promoting autonomy – Reshaping Pedagogical Design in Integration of Cloud Technologies in Digitally Networked Classrooms and Learning Communities (pp. 261-290). IGI Global.
Kannan, J., & Munday, P. (2015).Task Design Challenges: The Meta Task of Building PLNs for Foreign Language Acquisition. Seventeenth International CALL conference, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain.
Kannan., J. & Munday, P. (2014 December). Student-created videos in a Spanish language course: promoting active learning. Многоязычие в Образовательном Пространстве[Multilingualism in Education]81.2–91 М688, 167.
Kannan, J. & Kurup, V. (2012). Blended learning in anesthesia education: current state and future model. Current Opinion in Anesthesiology, 25(6),692-698.
Kannan, J., & Miller, J. L. (2009). The Positive Role of Negative Emotions: Fear, Anxiety, Conflict and Resistance as Productive Experiences in Academic Study and in the Emergence of Learner Autonomy. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 20(2), 144-154.