Khusro Kidwai is Assistant Dean, Distance Learning with Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies. In this role he collaborates with the School’s leadership and Office of Distance Learning staff to establish and implement a vision for online learning. He is responsible for overseeing partnerships with other offices in the school – Graduate Programs, Undergraduate Programs; Professional & Post-Baccalaureate Programs, Marketing, and Student Services.

Prior to joining Northwestern University, he was the Director of Online Teaching and Learning and the Director of the Center of Technology-Enhanced Learning at the University of Southern Maine (2010-2012) and Research Associate at the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute at the Pennsylvania State University (2009-2012).

At the University of Southern Maine, he collaborated with the leadership in the division of Professional and Continuing Education to implement a vision and mission for the University’s online and blended learning initiatives. He oversaw a portfolio of over 350 online courses across eight online programs. He directed faculty development initiatives, learning technology support services, and research and development initiatives. At Penn State, he founded the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute’s Research and Development Initiative.

He received his Ph.D. degree from the Instructional Systems program at Pennsylvania State University in 2009. His doctoral work focused on the design and development of a web-based reading environment. His doctoral work led him to co-found educational startup firm Learning Interfaces, LLC. Learning Interfaces was selected among 23 participants from over 1000 international applicants to participate in Kauffman Foundation’s inaugural Education Ventures Lab program. Learning Interfaces was selected among 23 education company founders to participate in the Kauffman Foundation’s prestigious inaugural Education Ventures program, beating out more than 1,000 international applicants.

He received his other degrees in Physics — MS from the University of Delhi and BS from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

In 2013 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Board of Standards in Performance, Training and Instruction (IBSTPI).


Selected Refereed Articles

  • Kidwai, K. & Beaudoin, M. (2014). Leveraging Web and mobile technologies to enhance access to and application of Online Learner Competencies:  A project of the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance, and Instruction (ibstpi®). Proceedings of the International Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy: Foresight, Growth, Roadmaps, Sectoral Impact Assessment and Alliances, Zaheer Science Foundation and UNESCO. New Delhi, India.
  • DiCerbo, K. & Kidwai, K. (2013). Detecting player goals from game log files. In D’Mello, S. K., Calvo, R. A., and Olney, A. (eds.) Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Educational Data Mining.
  • Thornton, L., Ferris, N., Johnson, G., Kidwai, K., & Ching, Y. (2011). The impact of an e-portfolio program in a music education curriculum, Journal of Music Teacher Education, 21(1), 65-77.
  • DiBiase, D., & Kidwai, K. (2010). Wasted on the young? Comparing the performance and attitudes of postadolescent undergraduates and postbaccalaureate students in identical online classes. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 34(3), 299–326.
  • Ausman, B., Kidwai, K., Munyofu, M., Swain, W., Dwyer, F., & Lin, H. (2008). Effect of Prerequisite Knowledge on the Effectiveness of Animated Instruction. International Journal of Instructional Media, 35(3), 295–300.
  • Johnson, G., Hsieh, P., & Kidwai, K. (2007). Perceived value and persistence of Web publishing skills: Implications for e-portfolio systems. International Journal on E-Learning, 6(3), 379–394.
  • Munyofu, M., Swain, W, Ausman, B, Lin, H., Kidwai, K., & Dwyer, F (2007). The Effect of different chunking strategies in complementing animated instruction. Learning Media and Technology, 32(4), 407–419.

ibstpi Responsibilities

Lead: Online Learner Competencies App project

Contact Information

Khusro Kidwai, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, Distance Learning
Northwestern University School of Professional Studies
210 South Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603
(312) 503 4316 (o) | (814) 441 0210 (c)