Meet Walden’s Education Futurists

Walden’s educational technology programs were recently redesigned in consultation with two award-winning authors and education innovators, Dr. David Thornburg and Dr. Ana Donaldson.


Dr. David ThornburgDr. David Thornburg is an internationally recognized futurist, author, and consultant. For more than four decades, he’s been at the forefront of educational innovation—from creating new project-based approaches to STEM instruction to rethinking the relationship between classroom design and learning. As an education futurist, his credo is: “We must prepare students for their future, not our past.” Dr. Thornburg is the inventor of the Educational Holodeck, an immersive, interactive, and interdisciplinary learning environment that empowers students to explore academic topics through realistic simulations.


Dr. Ana DonaldsonDr. Ana Donaldson is former board president of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), a professional association dedicated to improving instruction through technology. Co-author of the award-winning book, Continuing to Engage the Online Learner: More Activities and Resources for Creative Instruction, she is a recognized expert on using technology to enhance teaching and engage learners. An in-demand keynote speaker and international presenter, Dr. Donaldson is a former associate professor of instructional technology at the University of Northern Iowa and a current contributing faculty member at Walden.


Meet Our Other Outstanding Teaching Faculty

Courses within the Ed.S. program are taught by nationally recognized experts in integrating technology to improve learning in a wide range of settings.


Dr. Timothy D. Green is the author of numerous books and articles on educational technology integration, online distance education, and instructional design. A former K–12 teacher, Dr. Green today works with educators in both K–12 and higher education to help them effectively integrate technology into the teaching and learning process.


Dr. Abbie Brown is an award-winning educator, author, and expert on online distance education, instructional media production, and the professional development of instructional designers. His numerous awards include the AECT’s Presidential Service Award and the North Carolina Distance Learning Association’s Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching Award. In addition to teaching and serving as chair of the dissertation committee for doctoral students in the Educational Technology program at Walden, Dr. Brown helps educators in a wide range of K–12, college, government, and corporate settings design and produce instructional media.


Dr. William Sugar is a two-time winner of the AECT’s Presidential Award and author of numerous publications on instructional design and technology. His current research focuses on multimedia production and instructional design competencies for graduate students and the development of a virtual technology coach to support K–12 educators in integrating technology in the learning process.


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