Jim Vetter



Jim Vetter designs and develops programs that enable diverse communities domestically and globally to promote social, emotional, and economic health and well-being. His work centers on the premise that technology tools can help increase the reach of professional development opportunities for individuals and social service professionals, bringing effective research-based interventions to millions.

Vetter’s instructional design vision has shaped numerous e-learning programs at EDC, including HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP LIFE) E-Learning, which includes a series of interactive modules and a peer learning community with over 500,000 users worldwide. He has also led projects to design online and face-to-face training programs that serve marginalized populations, especially those at risk for mental health issues, violence, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS.

Vetter previously directed suicide and youth violence prevention programs at the Virginia Department of Health. He holds an EdM from Harvard University.

"Combining technological innovations with core principles of adult learning and instructional design can have a positive impact far beyond what was possible in years past.”

Speaking Highlights

Making MOOCs Matter for Global Equity and Access

Presentation, eLearning Africa Conference
Windhoek, Namibia
May 2013

HP LIFE e-Learning Trainers Workshop

Nabeul, Tunisia
March 2013

A Framework for Implementing Evidence-Based Programs & Practices (EBPs) Effectively in Schools

Co-presentation, Advancing School Mental Health Conference
Minneapolis, MN
November 2009



Distance Learning: Promising Practices
EDC, October 15, 2012

Selected Publications

Vetter, J. B. (2008). A leadership team approach to sustaining social and emotional learning. In A. M. Blankstein, P. D. Houston, & R. W. Cole (Eds.), Sustaining professional learning communities (pp. 97–119). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.