Innovative Technologies to Improve Teaching and Learning

Jana Craig-Hare

Research Centers - Center for Research on Learning
Assistant Research Professor
Associate Director of Research & Evaluation - ALTEC
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 744
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Road
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101


Jana Craig Hare, PhD, is an Assistant Research Professor at the Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas. She is a former secondary teacher, Technology Integration Facilitator, District Technology Coordinator, State Educational Technology Director and University Instructor. With 20+ years experience in education, she brings a classroom perspective to school improvement models, including best practices in research-based instructional strategies and technology integration.


Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, emphasis in Technology-Rich Learning Environments, University of Kansas

M.S.Ed., Curriculum & Instruction, emphasis in Educational Communication & Technology, University of Kansas

B.S.E., Secondary Education, Emporia State University


As an academic researcher, Dr. Craig-Hare is interested in the implementation of technology into formal and informal learning environments. Through a variety of research methods, Jana explores topics such as teaching and learning strategies utilizing educational technologies, technology-rich learning environments, mobile learning in education, instructional coaching to facilitate technology integration, and educational game design. In addition, the evaluation of educational technology programs is a focus of her research.

Research Interests

  • Technology Rich Learning Environments
  • Digital Pedagogy
  • Instructional Coaching


Jana is a member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), and Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE). She has presented at numerous local, regional and national conferences and has been recognized by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) as a "20 to Watch" Emerging Technology Leader (2007) and by the National Science Foundation as a DR-K12 CADRE Fellow (2011-12).

Selected Publications

Craig-Hare, J. Rowland, A. Ault, M. Ellis, J. D., Levin, I. & Tsybulsky, D. (2017). Practicing scientific argumentation through social media. In , Digital tools and solutions for inquiry-based STEM learning (pp. 399-431). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference (IGI Global).

Craig-Hare, J. Ault, M. & Rowland, A. (2017). The effect of socioscientific topics on discourse within an online game designed to engage middle school students in scientific argumentation. Journal of Education in Science, Environment and Health (JESEH), 3(2), 110-125. DOI:10.21891/jeseh.325783

Ault, M. Craig-Hare, J. & Frey, B. (2016). The impact of a racing feature on middle school science students’ performance in an educational game: The effect of content-free game-actions. International Journal of Game-Based Learning, 6(3), 18-33. DOI:10.4018/IJGBL.2016070102

Ault, M. Craig-Hare, J. Ellis, J. D., Bulgren, J. Kretschmer, I. Frey, B. B., Urban, M. & Falvo, D. (2016). Using reason racer to support scientific argumentation in middle school science instruction. In , Improving K-12 STEM Education Outcomes through Technological Integration (pp. 399-431). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference (IGI Global).

Frey, B. B., Ellis, J. D., Bulgren, J. A., Craig-Hare, J. & Ault, M. (2015). Development of a test of scientific argumentation. Electronic Journal of Science Education.

Ault, M. Craig-Hare, J. Frey, B. Ellis, J. D., & Bulgren, J. (2015). The effectiveness of reason racer, a game designed to engage middle school students in scientific argumentation. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 47(1), 21–40. DOI:10.1080/15391523.2015.967542

Craig-Hare, J. (2011). Student grouping strategies in technology rich learning environments at the intermediate grade level.

Beglau, M. Craig-Hare, J. Foltos, L. Gann, K. James, J. Jobe, H. Knight, J. & Smith, B. (2011). Technology, coaching, and community: Power partners for improved professional development in primary and secondary education. Eugene, OR: ISTE.

Selected Grants

Craig-Hare, Jana, (Principal), Project LEADSS: Leadership, Education And Development of Social Skills, Fort Leavenworth School District USD 207 via Department of Defense Education Activity, $1,500,000, Submitted 05/01/2016 (09/01/2016 - 05/31/2021). Federal. Status: Funded.

Craig-Hare, Jana, (Principal), Project PRIME: Personalizing RtI in Mathematics Education, Fort Leavenworth School District USD 207 via Department of Defense Education Activity, $1,500,000, Submitted 05/01/2015 (09/01/2015 - 05/31/2020). Federal. Status: Funded.

Craig-Hare, Jana, (Principal), Kansans Can Excel in Math and Science, Kansas State Department of Education: Math & Science Partnership Grants (MSP), $585,253, Submitted 12/01/2016 (03/01/2017 - 09/30/2018). State of Kansas. Status: Funded.

Ellis, James, (Principal), Rowland, Amber, (Co-Principal), Ault, Marilyn, (Co-Principal), Craig-Hare, Jana, (Researcher), Bradley, Barbara, (Co-Principal), Bulgren, Janis , (Co-Principal), Enhancing Argumentation with Social Media: Supporting Teacher Professional Learning and Student Science Practice, National Science Foundation DRK-12, $469,602, (08/01/2013 - 07/31/2016). Federal. Status: Funded.

Craig-Hare, Jana, (Co-Principal), Ault, Marilyn, (Co-Principal), CyberTEAMS, Fort Leavenworth School District USD 207 via Department of Defense Education Activity, $185,751, (07/01/2011 - 08/31/2015). Local Government. Status: Funded.

Bulgren, Janis, (Principal), Ault, Marilyn, (Co-Principal), Ellis, James, (Co-Principal), Frey, Bruce , (Co-Principal), Craig-Hare, Jana, (Project Director), The Evidence Games: Collaborative Games Engaging Middle School Students in the Evaluation of Scientific Evidence, National Science Foundation DRK-12, $1,994,939, (09/01/2010 - 07/31/2014). Federal. Status: Funded.

Craig-Hare, Jana, (Project Director), Improving Instruction through implementation of the Partnership Instructional Coaching Model, Institute of Education Sciences, $1,900,000, (01/01/2007 - 12/31/2011). Federal. Status: Funded.

Selected Awards & Honors

KU Women of Distinction
KU Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity
2016 - 2017

Making IT Happen Award
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

R+P Fellow
Research+Practice Collaboratory

Staff Fellow
University of Kansas
2012 - 2013

CADRE Fellow
National Science Foundation
2011 - 2012

“20 Leaders to Watch” Award
National School Boards Association

In the Arena Award
Center for Digital Education

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Curriculum & Instruction with a minor in Program Evaluation, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 2011
  • MSE, Curriculum & Instruction focusing on Educational Communication & Technology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 2002
  • BSE, Secondary Education, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS, 1990


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