Brenda Bannan is an Associate Professor in the Instructional Technology/Learning Technologies Design Research programs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA. Her research interests primarily revolve around the definition and delineation of methods related to the integration of design and research processes in learning technology design and development.
As a design research scholar in the field, she has authored numerous articles and chapters on the emerging method of design research related to areas such as mobile learning, augmented reality, inquiry-based instruction, language learning and cognition, motivation and special education. Dr. Bannan has been invited as a keynote speaker for conferences in China, Canada, Peru and the U.S and serves on the international program committee of the Association for Learning Technologies (ALT) in the United Kingdom. Dr. Bannan's honors include designations such as a National Science Foundation CAREER grant awardee, invited member of international research panel introducing design research to Chinese educational researchers and appointed as a visiting scholar at Stanford University's Design School. Dr. Bannan has supervised numerous learning technology design and development projects and has been intimately involved in launching a new, innovative Doctoral program at GMU focusing on design process, design research and diffusion of innovations.