Chip Donohue, Ph.D., is internationally recognized as a leader in distance learning and online education, particularly for early childhood professionals.

He joined Erikson as director of distance learning in January 2009 and was named dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education in June 2012. In this role, Donohue is leading the development of Erikson’s online master’s degree for experienced early childhood teachers, infant specialist and bilingual/ESL certificates, and professional development programs. He is also director of the new Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center where he is developing digital literacy resources and professional development programs for early childhood educators.

As a senior fellow of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, he co-chaired the working group that updated and revised the NAEYC/FRC Joint Position Statement on Technology Tools and Interactive Media in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8. At the Rogers Center he is also helping to develop the Framework for Quality in Children’s Digital Media and design the Early Learning Environment.

Donohue previously directed the Center for Early Childhood Professional Development and Leadership at the School of Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He taught face-to-face and online courses leading to a certificate and state credentialing in child care administration. He also has partnered with New Zealand Tertiary College to develop ecelearn, an innovative online approach for early childhood teacher education.

He has consulted and presented widely on distance learning topics across the U.S. and abroad. Since 2001, he has organized and cohosted several international e-teaching institutes.

Recent Publications

Donohue, C. (2012, In press). Foreword in Simon, F. S, & Nemeth K., Explore, Engage, Create: The Intentional Early Childhood Educator’s Common Sense Guide to Technology. Lewisville, NC: Gryphon House.

Donohue, C., & Fox, S. (2012, In press). Technology for Teacher Education and Professional Development: Lessons Learned and Innovative Practices. Exchange.

Simon, F., & Donohue C. (2011, May). Technology Trends in Early Childhood Education: Tools of Engagement. Exchange, 16-22.

Simon, F. & Donohue, C. (2011, January). What’s Your Social Media Personality? How It Helps or Hinders Networking Implementation and Success. Exchange, pp. 8-14.

Donohue, C. & Fox, S. (2010). The ecelearn Guide to Learning Online, 2nd Ed. Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Tertiary College.

Donohue, C. (2010, September). There’s an App for (Almost) Everything: New Technology Tools for Early Childhood Professionals – Part 2.Exchange, pp. 78-82.

Donohue, C. (2010, May). What’s in your toolbox? New technology tools for EC professionals – Part 1. Exchange, 82-87.

Dolan, S., Donohue, C., Holstrom, L., Pernell, L., Sachdev, A. (2009). Supporting online learners: Blending high-tech with high-touch. Exchange. p. 90–97.

Fox, S., Donohue, C., Davies, R., Goth–Owens, J., Ludeman, K., Whittaker, J., et al. (2009). the role of technology in ec teacher education: global perspectives. Exchange. p. 12–16, 18.

Donohue, C. (2009). Preventing death by PowerPoint: Tips for effective presentations that inform and engage. Exchange. p. 65–68.

Donohue, C., Fox, S., & Terrance, D. (2007). Early Childhood Educators as elearners: Engaging Approaches to Teaching and Learning Online. Young Children. p. 34–40.

Donohue, C., & Fox, S. (2006). International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning Online. Exchange. p. 59–61.

Donohue, C., & Neugebauer, R. (2004). Innovations in eLearning: New Promise for Professional Development. Young Children on the Web p. 1–4.

Donohue, C., & Fox, S. (2004) Elearning: What Students Can Teach Us. Exchange. p. 79–83.

Donohue, C., & Clark, D. (2004) Learning Online: The Places You’ll Go! Learning Online. p. 1–6.

Donohue, C. (2003). It’s a Small World After All! Part 2. Childcare Information Exchange. p. 20–25.

Donohue, C. (2002). It’s a Small World After All! Childcare Information Exchange. p. 80–91.


Donohue, C. (2012, March). Intentional and Appropriate Use of Technology Tools and Interactive Media: The NAEYC and the Fred Rogers Center Position Statement. Presentation at the Early Education and Technology for Children Conference, Salt Lake City.
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Donohue, C. (2011, November). What’s on Erik Erikson’s iPad? Featured speaker, Dust or Magic Institute, Lambertville, NJ.

Donohue, C., McNamee, G., & Rosinia, J. (2011, November). Finding your voice, establishing your presence, understanding the rhythm and building community: Essential elements of effective, engaging and empowering online teaching and learning. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Orlando: FL.

Donohue, C., Catalano, R., Schomburg, R., Robb, M., Wartella, E., Kleman, D., & Levine, M. (2011, November). Media touchpoints: A new framework for the creation, selection, and use of children’s media. Panel presentation at the Annual Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Orlando: FL.

Donohue, C, Parikh, M., & Schomburg, R. (2011, October). Leadership in integrating technology in professional development. Panel presentation, Office of Head Start National Leadership Institute, Washington, DC.

Donohue, C. (2011, September). Technology in early childhood education: Is There an app for that? What’s on Chip’s iPad? Keynote/webinar presentation, National Registry Alliance Annual Conference, Lake Geneva, WI.

Donohue, C. (2010, November). It’s Erikson, and it’s online: Lessons learned about designing and delivering engaging online experiences. Panel presentation at the NAEYC Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA. Download the presentation (.pdf).

Donohue, C. (2010, June). Technology and young children position statement: A conversation. Panel presentation at the NAEYC Professional Development Institute, Phoenix, AZ.

Donohue, C. (2010, June). Technology/New media and professional development: Early childhood educators as eLearners and teachers. Featured presentation, NAECS-SDE Meeting, Phoenix, AZ.

Donohue, C. (2010, May). Moving Erikson online: Sharing lessons learned and effective practices. Invited presentation, Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY.

Donohue, C. (2010, February). We’re off to see the wizard: Administration 2.0. Keynote address, Wisconsin Child Care Administrators Association Annual Conference, Green Bay, WI.

Donohue, C. (2010, January). The world of early childhood education is at our fingertips: Blending high tech with high touch. Conference session, Chicago Metro AEYC Conference, Chicago, IL.

Donohue, C. (2009, November). Moving Erikson online: Multiple perspectives on an intentional and inclusive process. Conference Session, NAEYC Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Donohue, C. (2009, November). The Fred Rogers Center online community of practice for early learning. Conference Session, NAEYC Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Donohue, C. (2009, June). Technology spotlight sessions: The world of ECE at our fingertips. Three conference sessions, World Forum on Early Care and Education, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Donohue, C. (2009, June). Developing academic learning communities: Lessons learned while moving Erikson online. Conference Session, NAEYC Professional Development Institute, Charlotte, NC.

Donohue, C. (2009, May). Envisioning the possibilities: The impact of technology on early childhood systems. Virtual keynote Ohio Head Start Association Conference, Columbus, OH.

Donohue, C. (2009, April). We’re off to see the wizard: ECE 2.0. Keynote address, North Carolina Child Care Resource & Referral Conference, Durham, NC.

Donohue, C. (2009, January). Mind the gap: Blending high tech with high touch to engage and empower early childhood professionals. Chicago City Colleges Faculty Symposium, Erikson Institute, Chicago, IL.

Donohue, C. (2008, June). Achieving excellence in online teacher education and professional development: A showcase of higher education innovations and opportunities. Panel presentation. NAEYC 17th National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, New Orleans, LA.

Donohue, C. (2008, June). How technology is changing professional development: What’s new and what holds true. Featured session. NAEYC 17th National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, New Orleans, LA.

Donohue, C. (2008, June). EC eLearning: A national review of early childhood education distance learning programs. Panel presentation. NAEYC 17th National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, New Orleans, LA.

Donohue, C. (2008, May). Conversations on teacher education and the role of technology in program delivery. Panel presentation. Working Forum for Teacher Educators. Auckland, New Zealand.

Donohue, C. (2008, April). Mind the gap! Blending high tech with high touch to inform and engage the early childhood workforce. Keynote address. Eight National, T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood and Child Care WAGE$ Conference, Chapel Hill, NC.