Dr. Kwon teaches graduate level courses on instructional design and the effective use of technology in the classroom.

His research interests include the design of learning environments, using technology to support teaching and learning, urban school reform, science curriculum development and educational software design. Prior to serving at Concordia, Dr. Kwon worked as a research professor at Northwestern University. He joined Concordia’s faculty in 2010.


  • PhD, Education and Social Policy–learning Sciences - Northwestern University; Evanston, IL
  • MS, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science - Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Cambridge, MA
  • BS, Electrical Science and Engineering - Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Cambridge, MA


  • Kwon, S., Tomal, D., and Agajanian, A. (2015). Technology for Classroom and Online Learning: An Educator’s Guide to Bits, Bytes, and Teaching. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield.

  • Kwon, S., Wardrip, P., & Gomez, L. (2014) Co-design of interdisciplinary projects as a mechanism for school capacity growth. Improving Schools, 17,54-71.

  • Gomez, K., Kwon, S., Gomez, L., & Sherer, J. (2014).  Supporting reading-to-learn in science: The application of summarization technology in multicultural urban high school classrooms.In R. Bloymeyer, T. Ganesh, & H. Waxman (Eds.), Research in technology use in culturally diverse settings.Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publications.

  • “21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Analytic Support for Evaluation and Program Monitoring: An Overview of the 21st CCLC Performance Data: 2007–08” (with Naftzger, N., & Vinson, M.) (Fifth Report). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education, 2009.

  • Wozniak, K., Kwon, S., and Pate, A. (2020). Chicagoland PK-12 Teachers' Experiences Transitioning to e-Learning amid COVID-19, Proceedings of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) 2020 Convention, November 2020.


  • Kwon, S. (2018). Implementing Productive Technology-mediated Discussions: Tech Tools and Research-based Strategies. Presentation at the Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) 2018 Conference, Schaumburg, IL, February 2018.

  • Kwon, S. (2017). Developing and Building Software Simulations for the Classroom (with Free Tools). Presentation at the Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) 2017 Conference, St. Charles, IL, March 2017.

  • Kwon, S. & Hunt, J. (2014). Technology Tools for Cultivating a Classroom Community of Young Readers and Writers.  Presentation at the Concordia University Chicago and The West Suburban Reading Council’s 39thAnnual Reading Conference, River Forest, IL, September 2014.

  • Kwon, S. (2013). Using Online Tools to Support Collaborative Learning Approaches.  Presentation at the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area 2013 Scholarship of Pedagogy Symposium, Elmhurst, IL, November 2013.

  • Kwon, S. (2013). The Impact of Project Co-Design on the Instructional Practice of Mathematics Teachers. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA, April 2013.

  • “The Academy and the Inner City: The Impact of Collaborative Instructional Design and Technology Activities on a University - High School Partnership for Urban School Improvement.” 75th Annual Meeting of the Association of Lutheran College Faculties, Irvine, Calif., October 2010.

  • “Fostering Teacher Professional Community Development with Instructional Technology Tools.Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, Calif., April 2009.

  • “Co-design of Interdisciplinary Projects as a Mechanism for School Capacity and Teacher Professional Community Growth” (with Wardrip, P., & Gomez, L). International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Utrecht, The Netherlands, June 2008.

  • “Enhancing Mathematics Achievement in Urban Schools through Project Based Instruction” (with Pligge, M., McKenna, A., & Carr, V). Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, N.Y., March 2008.

  • “Enhancing Mathematics Achievement through Community Building and Problem Based Instruction” (with McKenna, A., Kwon, S., Block, M., & Gomez, L.). Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, Calif., April 2006.