Instructional Designer, Educational Technologist, and Web Developer in Chicago, Illinois
Dr. Akesha Horton is Learning Architect at Air University. She earned her doctorate degree in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy from Michigan State University’s College of Education. While completing her PhD work, she became a Fulbright-mtvU Scholar. In this role, she worked with Australian based hip-hop artists to develop and implement educational programs that served underrepresented youth. While in Australia, she became a Google Certified Teacher and helped launch the first completely online program in Indigenous Education at Macquarie University. Dr. Horton has been an active agent in a plethora of experiences in the educational arena, including in-school and out-of-school urban settings, higher education, instructional design , educational and emergent technologies, e-learning, serious gaming and curriculum development. She has served on the board of national educational organizations in the United States, as well as a volunteer in the non-profit sector. These collective experiences led to her research interests which explores the intersections between learning, technology, and culture for youth and young adults.
In her free time she enjoys traveling, concerts, painting, exploring emerging digital tools, maker spaces and spending time with family and friends.