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Nannette Commander

Professor    Professor of Educational Psychology    

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Georgia State University, 1991
M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, Georgia State University, 1978
B.S. Psychology, Georgia State University, 1974


Online learning, cross-cultural learning, successful learning in higher education, and learning and cognition


Nannette Commander has published her work in respected academic journals such as the International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, and the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She served in enrollment management administrative positions focusing on student retention at Georgia State University from 2003-2008. Additionally, she has been an invited speaker on cross-cultural learning and higher education at Shaanxi Normal University in, Xi’an, China and at Hunan Normal University in Changsha, China. She also recently presented her research on Fostering Global Competence Through Cross-National Asynchronous Online Discussions at the E-Learning Forum Asia Conference at Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China. She has taught courses in the Psychology of Instruction, the Psychology of Learning and the Learner, the Science of Learning, and Exploring Learning and Teaching. Finally, she has more than 30 years of experience in teaching and research on successful learning in higher education settings .


Zhao, Y., Gallagher, P., Commander, N. E.(2013). Educating students in poverty: Cross-cultural learning from online case study discussions with American and Chinese students.
International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, (Accepted for January, 2013 issue).
Ashong, C. Y., & Commander, N.E. (2012). “Ethnicity, gender, and online learning.” Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 8(2), 98-110.
Commander, N.E., Zhao, Y., Gallagher, P.A., & Youngheng, Y. (2012). “Promoting cross-cultural understanding of education through online discussions.” Science Direct: Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Commander, N.E., Ward, T., & Zabrucky, K. M. (2012). “Theory and practice: How filming ‘learning in the real world’ helps students make the connection.” International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 24(3), forthcoming.
Zabrucky, K.M., & Commander, N.E. (2012). Theories of learning and the real world: An integrated teaching technique using empirical research and film. Networks: An On-Line Journal for Teacher Research, 14(1), 1-2.
Ward, T., & Commander, N.E. (2011). “The power of student voices: An investigation of the enduring qualities of freshmen learning communities.” Journal of College Retention: Research, Theory and Practice, 13(1), 63-85.