Learning Technology Analyst for Online Courses

I consult on wide array of online tools that support student learning and faculty teaching.  In particular, I lead our Coursera and Duke Extend service teams, who maintain a deep knowledge of each platform’s features. We can offer suggestions and support on how to use these tools to create great learning experiences and achieve teaching goals.

In the past, I have helped to build 12 unique courses in Coursera ranging in topics from astronomy to parasitology. My personal goal has been to encourage the growth of the unique learning communities that occur within every course.


My academic background is in physics (BS from the University of Minnesota) and astrophysics (MS from the University of Chicago). I am also a frequent video gamer and enjoy following international soccer and American football.

Recent Blog Posts:


Johnsen, J. (2018). Using Goals Affirmation to Improve Online Education. Coursera Partners Conference.

Johnsen, J. (2017). Lesson Choice and Honors Assessment. Coursera Partners Conference.