Dr. Robert E. Isaacson, Ph.D.

School of Education - Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Multi-term Lecturer
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 408
University of Kansas - Edwards Campus
1122 W. Campus Road
Lawrence, KS 66045


Robert Isaacson is a lecturer in educational technology at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kansas. He has a wide range of professional experience that includes K-12 classroom teacher, staff development trainer, instructional designer, and faculty member at the University of Rhode Island and San Jose State University. Prior to coming to the University of Kansas, he was a faculty development specialist at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California.



Dr. Isaacson teaches courses in educational technology and instructional design at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kansas.

Teaching Interests

  • Instructional design, online instruction, social media, educational technology, learning technologies, media development, organizational development & training


My research interests are in emerging learning technologies and online learning. Currently, my research is focused the effect of phoneme/viseme integration on listening task performance in the context of language learning online via sychronous video conferencing.

Research Interests

  • Educational technology, learning technologies, social media, online instruction, foreign language learning


My service to the University has been focused on serving on the Academic Leadership Council in Spring 2017 that focuses on program development initiatives that the Edwards Campus.

In addition, I have responded to requests to present to local chambers of commerce and invitations to contribute articles to various KC metro area business publications as part of ongoing outreach and community engagement efforts to increase awareness of educational technology masters and instructional design certificate programs at the Edwards campus.

I have also remained in contact with the Chief Learning Officer Forum of Kansas City seeking their ongoing advisement and input on how the educational technology and instructional design certificate programs at the Edwards campus can be made more responsive to the workforce development needs.

In addition, I have maintained ongoing contact with local leaders of the Kansas City Chapter of ASTD/ATD and attended monthly chapter meetings. I also worked with staff at the Edwards campus to host the KC ASTD/ATD fall conference at the Edwards campus which provided an opportunity to promote the educational technology masters degree and certificate programs offered at the Edwards campus.

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