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Karin Forssell

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Karin Forssell

Senior Lecturer
LDT Program Director

Assistant: Luci Parker

Office: CERAS 116


Dr. Karin Forssell is the director of the Learning Design and Technology (LDT) master's program and senior lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Dr. Forssell also directs the GSE Makery, a Stanford maker space where students and faculty learn to make, and make to learn. In her courses, students learn to use research from the learning sciences and learning-centered design processes to create effective digital tools. Her current interests include maker space education, teacher technology adoption, and parenting in a digital world.

Dr. Forssell draws insights from her many years of concurrent work as a teacher on special assignment for technology in the Palo Alto Unified School District. Dr. Forssell earned her bachelor's degree in linguistics, master's degree in education, and doctorate in learning sciences and technology design at Stanford University.

Other Titles

Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Education

Program Affiliations

Stanford Accelerator for Learning

Research Interests

Brain and Learning Sciences | Collaborative Learning | Technology and Education

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Recent Publications

Bowen, K., Forssell, K., & Rosier, S. (2020). Theories of Change in Learning Experience (LX) Design. Learner and User Experience Research: An Introduction for the Field of Learning Design & Technology.

Forssell, K. (2019). CHM Learning Lab: A Special Place for Learning About Learning (pp. 26–29). Mountain View, CA: The Computer History Museum. Retrieved from

Forssell, K., & Brazer, D. (2019). Principals and Teachers Empowering Teaching with Technology. Technologies to Lead Schools: Key Concepts to Enhance Student Success (pp. 1–21). Rowman & Littlefield.

Karin Forssell in the News & Media

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July 18, 2022
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Karin Forssell, director of the Learning, Design and Technology master’s program at Stanford Graduate School of Education, discusses efforts to make online campus experiences more engaging.
August 11, 2020
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