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Gelu Ionas

Contributing Faculty

Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy

Degree Program Doctor of Education (EdD)

Dr. Ionas has more than 25 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 currently works with Treepple to develop the their web presence and infrastructure for the delivery of tailored educational and information content. He also 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


PhD, University of Missouri - Columbia - Columbia, MO United States

PhD, University of Sibiu - Sibiu, Romania

MBA, University of Missouri - Columbia - Columbia, MO United States

BS, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca - Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Awards / Honors

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


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

Ionas, I. G., 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.

Easter, M. A., Ionas, I. G. (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. G., C., E. L., J., W. W. (2014). Design-Based Research as Form of Action Research.

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


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

Cernusca, D., Geana, M., Ionas, I. G. (2013). Orienting Response to Visual Cues as an Indicator of Students' Attention to Online Instruction.

Ionas, I. G., Easter, M., Miller, W., Neumeyer, G., Valerie, T., Weakly, G. (2012). The Design, Development, and Deployment of an Online, Portable, Blended Course for the Energy Industry using Open-Source Tools: Technological, Logistic, and Instructional Design Issues.

Ionas, I. G. (2007). Toward improving causal reasoning abilities through overt elicitation of causal mechanisms in representing causal relations.