Kirsten Peterson



Kirsten Peterson has extensive expertise designing engaging learning experiences, managing large-scale online teaching and learning initiatives, and leading teams of instructional designers. She helps organizations build, nurture, and sustain communities of learners, with a special focus on online learning, and also supports the integration of virtual and blended learning opportunities in K–12 school districts.

Peterson directs EDC’s Ed Tech Leaders Online (ETLO), a learning design group that helps organizations with an educational mission build capacity for successful online learning initiatives. Her work has won national awards, and the ETLO team organizes the Online Learning Institute, a regular gathering of educators, technology specialists, and policymakers.

A former high school teacher, Peterson continues to teach at the postsecondary level. She holds an EdM in technology in education from Harvard University.

“Technology has an amazing ability to bring learners together. But in the end, learning depends on human infrastructure: a teacher or facilitator connecting with students or learners connecting with each other.”

Speaking Highlights

Design for Learning: Focus on Human Infrastructure

Crystal Bridges Distance Learning Summit: Art Museums and Educational Innovation
Bentonville, AR
November 2015

The Art Museum as an Online Classroom

iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium
Orlando, FL
November 2015

Beyond the Virtual Field Trip: The Online Museum Classroom

Museums and the Web 2015
Chicago, IL
April 2015


Blog Posts

Designing Engaging Online Learning Experiences
EDC Learning and Teaching Division blog, February 2016

Selected Publications

Peterson, K., Friedman, R., Kudesia, V., Sebastini, P., Monti, S., & Misquetta, D. (2013). Educating translational researchers in research informatics principles and methods: An evaluation of a model online course and plans for its dissemination. Paper presented at Joint Summits on Translational Science.

Selected Resources


EDC and the Massachusetts Community Colleges & Workforce Development Transformation Agenda (MCCWDTA) are working to transform developmental and adult basic education.