Chip Donohue, PhD, is an internationally recognized leader in the field of technology in early childhood who understands that the digital age presents unique issues related to early childhood education, parenting, and other areas in which adults and children interact with digital media. He also has earned global recognition as a leader in distance learning and online education, with a focus on the areas of early childhood teacher education and professional development, giving him a perspective on how technology tools can aid in teaching and learning over a lifetime.
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, Dr. Donohue led the development of Erikson’s online master’s degree for experienced early childhood teachers, infant specialist and bilingual/ESL certificates, and professional development programs. In 2017 the distance learning team and faculty worked to develop an innovative online master’s program that includes concentrations in bilingualism/ESL, early reading and writing, social emotional learning, STEM, and leadership and advocacy.
He is also director of the Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center, where he leads the development of digital literacy resources and professional development programs for early childhood educators. In this role, he presents frequently around the world on topics related to the intersection of technology and early childhood, and he has published two books: “Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Early Childhood Educators as Media Mentors” and “Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning.” In 2012, he received the first Bammy Award and the Educators Voice Award as “Innovator of the Year” from the Academy of Education Arts & Sciences. In 2015, he was honored as a children’s media “Emerging Pioneer” by the KAPi (Kids At Play Interactive) Awards at the International Consumer Electronics Show.
As a senior fellow of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, Dr. Donohue 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. The Fred Rogers Center and TEC Center have been working collaboratively on a research project to update the knowledge base since the release of the joint position statement in 2012, with a specific focus on emerging technology tools and classroom practices that support social emotional learning.
Dr. 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 state credential 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 and health and well-being qualifications that is now used throughout New Zealand. NZTC Global, powered by ecelearn, supports students in Australia, China, India, the Philippines, and around the world.
- Highfield, K., Donohue, C., & Paciga, K. (in press). STEM and the whole child: Collaborative learning experiences for cognition, social and emotional development. In S. Danby, M. Fleer, C. Davidson, & M. Hatzigiani, Digital Childhoods, International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development Series, Berlin: Germany, Springer.
- Donohue, C. & Schomburg, R. (2017). Technology and Interactive Media in Early Childhood Programs: What We’ve Learned from Five Years of Learning, Research and Practice. Young Children, 72(4).
- Donohue, C. (2017, June). Media Mentor: A Digital Age Role for Children’s Museum Educators. Hand-to-Hand, Association of Children’s Museums.
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- 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.
- 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.
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