Ioan Ionas

Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
Doctor of Education (EdD)

Dr. Ionas has more than 30 years of experience in teaching in education, business, and engineering as well as designing and developing web-based software solutions for education and industry in the United States and abroad. Among others, Dr. Ionas worked on projects for the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the University of Missouri. He has a Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri (US), a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Sibiu (Romania), a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Missouri (US), and a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Cluj (Romania). He is passionate about exploring what happens when mind meets technology. His is currently interested in research design and qualitative research methods, causality and causal reasoning, the impact of technology use in educational practice, and instructional design for online education. Outside academia, Dr. Ionas works as a technology consultant for research teams to help develop workflows and web and mobile application resources for data collection, participant interaction, analysis, and reporting.

Courses Taught

EDUC 8090 - Doctoral Study Intensive

EDUC 8081 - Completing the Prospectus

EDDD 8900 - Completing the Prospectus

EDPD & EDDD 8114 - Demystifying Doc Writing


PhD, University of Missouri - Columbia

PhD, University of Sibiu

MBA, University of Missouri - Columbia

BS, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca

Awards / Honors

ECT Foundation 2009 Dean and Sybil McClusky Research Award, AECT, 2009


Ionas, I. G. (2019). Quantitative Research by Example.

Ionas, I., Easter, M., Miller, W. H., Neumeyer, G. M. (2012). Using Open-Source Tools to Design and Develop the Online Component of a Blended-Learning, Instructor-Led Course. International Journal of Designs for Learning

Ionas, I. G., Geana, M. V. (2021). graphed: A Web-Based Concept Mapping Application for Instruction and Research. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference of Higher Educaton (HEAd'21)

Easter, M. A., Ionas, I. (2016). The design and development of an online tool to strategically support knowledge acquisition for improved educator practice. International Journal of Innovation in Education

Cernusca, D., Ionas, I., C., E. L., J., W. W. (2014). Design-Based Research as Form of Action Research.

Jonassen, D. H., Ionas, I. (2008). Designing effective supports for causal reasoning. Educational Technologies Research and Development


Ionas, I., Mathew, E. A., B, N. (2015). ElevatEd: An Innovative Web-Based Solution for Strategic Planning and Continuous Improvement in Schools.

Ionas, I. G., Geana V. (2021). graphed: A Web-Based Concept Mapping Application for Instruction and Research. UNIVERSITAT POLITÈCNICA DE VALÈNCIA