Shakir Hussain provides consulting support for instructional design and technology tools that promotes NU-Q’s growing interest in blended learning. Hussain's expertise and interest in course design principles and technology-based pedagogical tools allow for active learning in the classroom and enhanced engagement between students and instructors.

In addition to serving as the primary point of support and administration for Canvas Learning Management System, Shakir collaborates with faculty members on academic research and implementation of educational technology tools, while also leading instructional technology pilots on campus. His research interests include faculty development and blended learning, with a focus on efficacy of hybrid delivery models, that combine face-to-face instruction and online modes of delivery. 

Hussain is currently a doctoral student in the Global Executive EdD program at the University of Southern California. He is a Designated ATD Master Instructional Designer™ and holds a master's degree in Learning, Design, and Technology from Pennsylvania State University, a graduate certificate in Educational Technology Integration and e-Learning Design, and a bachelor's degree in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University.