James E. Folkestad, Ph.D.

James Folkestad

University Distinguished Teaching Scholar (UDTS)
Colorado State University (CSU)
School of Education (SOE
Director of the Center for Analytics of Learning and Teaching (C-ALT)
(970) 491-7823


My research focuses on blended learning, designing effective interventions that integrate digital content and learning analytics into learning environments that inform and empower individuals. I am interested in understanding the effect of pedagogical designs that place the student at the center and that privilege the student and teacher relationship. Additionally, I am conducting work on applied research that investigates the design of digital learning content that enables learning analytics for student learning purposes.

Research Grants

Trackable Reasoning and Analysis for Collaboration and Evaluation (TRACE)
2017 – 2021
Funding source: Intelligence Advanced Research Program Activity (IARPA) – Crowdsourcing Evidence, Argumentation, Thinking and Evaluation (CREATE).
News release – Syracuse University 

Cycles of Your Cognitive Learning, Expectations, and Schema (CYCLES)
2012 – 2016
Funding source: Intelligence Advanced Research Program Activity (IARPA) – SIRIUS Program.
News release – University of Albany

Current Courses

On-Demand Learning-Improving Performance (EDOD 651)

Action Learning and Inquiry (EDOD 677)

Technology Enhanced Learning (EDUC 792)