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Craig D. Howard

Craig D. Howard, PhD

Assistant Professor, Co-Program Coordinator


I am originally from western New York. Prior to coming to Tennessee, I held a number of different teaching positions: as a teacher in New York City, Manhattan’s Chinatown, and Spanish Harlem. I was also a lecturer at Georgia Tech, CUNY, and at two universities in near Tokyo, Japa— Kanda University of International Studies and Rikkyo University.

I have spent a portion of my life learning the lexicons and grammars of other languages. I speak Japanese, German, and Spanish at various degrees of un-proficiency. I maintain a website with downloadables of all my publications and a blog that deals with issues of scholarship in instructional design, I am a proud daddy of a bilingual child.


  • Instructional Affordances
  • CMC (Computer Mediated Communication)
  • Instructional Design
  • Design Learning
  • Higher Order Thinking


  • PhD, Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University Bloomington, 2012
  • MA, TESOL, Teachers College Columbia University, 1998
  • BA, Humanities, State University of New York College at Buffalo, 1994



Howard, C. D., & Das, A. (in press). Designing competitive discussions for equity and inclusion. The International Journal of Designs for Learning. PRE-PRINT.

Howard, C. D. (2019). Critical thinking in collaborative video annotations: Relationships between criticism and higher order thinking. In Handbook of Research on Critical Thinking Strategies in Pre-Service Learning Environments (pp. 493-514). IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-7823-9.ch024. PRE-PRINT

Bevins, K. L., & Howard C. D. (2019). The design discourse of the advanced beginner. In B. Hokanson (Ed.), A new focus for learning: Educational technology beyond content.

Bevins, K. L., & Howard, C. D. (2018). Game mechanics and why they are employed: What we know about gamification so far. Issues and Trends in Educational Technology 6(1). 58-84.

Howard, C. D., & Do, J. W. (2017). L2 (Im)politeness in the synchronous chat of elementary school learners. Teaching English with Technology, 17(1), 17-45.

Howard, C. D., Staples, C., Dubreil, S., & Yamagata-Lynch, L. C. (2016). The App Farm: Engaging design process as a means for French learning. The International Journal of Designs for Learning, 7(3), 42-61.


Bevins, K. L., & Howard, C. D. (2018, October). Key discursive behaviors in design learning. AECT Conference. Kansas City, MO.

Bevins, K. L., & Howard, C. D. (2018, July). Designerly Talk in the Design Studio. AECT Summer Research Symposium. Bloomington, IN. 

Howard, C. D. (2018, July). コンピューターによる言語学習. Instructional Design in Language Teaching. Invited address, 首都大学東京 Tokyo Metropolitan University. Tokyo, Japan.

Howard, C. D. (2016, November). Eliciting precedent in Instructional Design: The case of Bonne Chance. Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). Las Vegas, NV.

Howard, C. D., & Gray, C.M. (2016, April). Meaning making in an interactive video annotation environment. Paper Session at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting. Washington, DC.

Craig D. Howard

Contact Information

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  • Phone: 865-974-8642
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Educational Psychology & Counseling Department
College of Education, Health & Human Sciences

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