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Sean Leahy

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Director, Technology Initiatives
Academic Prof w/Admin Appt, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1811

Dr. Sean M. Leahy is an international technologist, futurist, and educator serving as the Director of Technology Initiatives within the Office of Scholarship and Innovation in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. He is the founding director of the IgnitED Labs, an innovative emerging technology laboratory at ASU, and the creator and Executive Producer for the Learning Futures podcast. His scholarly focus is on the futures of educational technology, emerging technologies, and media production. Dr. Leahy’s work has been represented in international journals, conferences, invited keynotes and lectures, and the U.S. Department of State Speaker Program. Dr. Leahy is an experienced educator creating award winning curriculum in higher education and is an Apple Teacher with Swift Playgrounds recognition.

Dr. Leahy’s Futures Studies approach to educational technology aims to assist decision makers and educational leaders in strategic foresight and developing a futures thinking mindset for the near future and beyond, as well as preparing a new workforce to handle emergent technologies in teaching and learning including artificial intelligence (AI), extended reality (XR), and Internet of things (IoT).

Prior to joining ASU Dr. Leahy was serving as the Head of Department of Media Communications, and Assistant Professor for Webster University, the Netherlands. As head of department, he was responsible for overseeing the accreditation, curriculum, and management of the undergraduate program in Media Communications, the graduate programs in Media Communications and New Media Production, and the specializations in Interactive Digital Media, Photography, and Video Production.

  • Ph.D. Educational Psychology and Educational Technology, Michigan State University
  • M.A. Educational Technology, Michigan State University
  • B.A. Telecommunication Information Studies and Media, Michigan State University
Research Interests: 

Dr. Leahy’s research is focused on the use of technology in online learning, emerging technologies, design, and media production.



Leahy, S. M. (2021, September 15). Challenges and opportunities of AI in education in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. [Lecture]. EdTech Korea 2021 Forum, Seoul, South Korea.

Scragg, B.& Leahy, S. M. (2021, March). Designing learning futures: Navigating toward the next normal. Keynote address presented at OLC Innovate K-12 Summit, Boston, MA, USA [Virtual].

Leahy, S. M., Misrha, P., & Donner, J. (2021, January). Learning futures: Designing the horizon. Keynote address presented at ShapingEDU Winter Games 2021conference, Tempe, AZ, USA.

Leahy, S. M. (2020, July 22). Around the flagpole: The what, why, and how of learner-centered everything [Moderator, presenter, panelist]. ASU Learning Human [online], Tempe, AZ, USA.

Leahy, S. M. (2020, July 14). Futures thinking and strategic foresight: What it is, why it matters for leaders [Lecture]. Learning Futures Leadership Studios [online], Tempe, AZ, USA.

Leahy, S. M. (2020, February 22). Principled use of technology in the Fourth Industrial Revolution [Lecture]. Principled innovation: Leadership for today, tomorrow and the future, Tempe, AZ, USA.

Leahy, S. M. (2019, October). Fourth Industrial Revolution: Impact on education paradigms. US Speaker Program. Lecture presented at U.S. Department of State Speaker Program, Seoul, South Korea.

Leahy, S. M. (2019, July). The futures of learning in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Global Learn. Keynote address presented at 2019 Global Learn conference, Princeton, NJ, USA.

Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
TEL 494Special Topics
TEL 598Special Topics
Fall 2020
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EDT 180TechLtrcy Prblm Slvng DigTech
Spring 2020
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EDT 180TechLtrcy Prblm Slvng DigTech
Fall 2019
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EDT 180TechLtrcy Prblm Slvng DigTech
Professional Associations: 

Future Today Institute Summer 2018 Fellow - with Amy Webb:

Adobe Education Exchange:
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