Jaya Kannan is the Director of Digital Learning at Sacred Heart University. She has
a PhD in Computer Assisted Language Learning and more than 15 years of international
teaching and research experience in the higher education setting. 

In addition to managing a five year Title V federal grant, she has administrative
experience running Teaching and Learning Centers. Her recent research interests involve
the study of self-directed learning and the role of affect in the digital learning

Degrees: Ph.D. in Computer Assisted Language Learning, Anna University, Chennai, India;
Master of Philosophy: English Language, Literature & Linguistics, University of
Madras, Chennai, India; Master of Arts in English Language and Literature, University of
Madras, Chennai, India; Bachelor of Science (Physics) University of Mysore, Mysore,



Blended Learning in Anesthesia Education: Current State and Future Model (with Viji Kurup), Faculty Publications (2012)

Purpose of review: Educators in anesthesia residency programs across the country are facing a number...



The Positive Role of Negative Emotions: Fear, Anxiety, Conflict and Resistance as Productive Experiences in Academic Study and in the Emergence of Learner Autonomy (with John Laurence Miller), Digital Learning Publications (2009)

Although affect is widely recognized as a powerful force in determining students’ academic success,researchers and...


Conference Presentations


Integrating Interactive Technology to Promote Learner Autonomy: Challenges and Rewards (with Marie A. Hulme, MarĂ­a Lizano-DiMare, and Pilar Munday), English Faculty Publications (2013)

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, students and faculty must understand and harness the...




Synchronous Online Sessions using Webex (with Adrianna Dattoli), Sacred Heart University Offices of I.T and Digital Learning Faculty Workshop Series : Fall 2013 (2013)

WebEx is a web conferencing solution that allows you to connect with anyone, anywhere, in...


Popular Press


Faculty Seminar Leads to Collaboration, Learning, Sacred Heart University News Story (2014)

A total of 20 Sacred Heart University faculty members began the summer break with a...