Kirsten Peterson, an expert in online instructional design and interpersonal learning, creates innovative, effective learning experiences for diverse groups of learners. She brings extensive expertise in managing complex initiatives, facilitating professional learning communities, and scaling and sustaining online learning programs.

As co-leader of the National Science Foundation-funded Online Professional Development for Exploring Computer Science (ECS) initiative, Peterson and her colleagues are designing, implementing, and researching capacity-building online professional development for ECS teachers. Nationwide, she has led teams of online curriculum developers, instructors, media developers, and technical specialists in providing custom online development and consulting services for K–12, higher education, cultural institutions, nonprofits, and other organizations.

Peterson led the design of an award-winning multimedia online course for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and guided the museum in developing its online education program. She is the coauthor of Successful Online Professional Development (Learning & Leading with Technology). Before joining EDC, she was a high school English and journalism teacher.

She holds an EdM in Technology in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.