I have a muti-faceted background in education with experience in curriculum and learning design for traditional, online and blended environments, innovative uses of educational technologies in teaching and learning, teacher education, secondary literacy studies, program development and assessment models. I am most intrigued by the places where these various topics intersect and create vibrant learning opportunities.
I’ve always been interested in the diverse environments within which learning can take place. At the beginning of my career I worked in outdoor and alternative education and I was privileged to facilitate and witness the growth and enlightenment that can happen when learning occurs in non-traditional environments. I’ve taught and worked as an administrator in traditional public and private schools where I’ve watched some students struggle while others flourished in this structured setting. With my journey into higher education I have found myself teaching and learning in many different environments including face-to-face, online, and in the virtual world. I’ve been a student, a teacher, a course and program developer, and even an avatar and with these vantage points came insights into the design of creative and effective learning environments.
I am currently the Coordinator of Educational Planning, Curriculum Design and Assessment at SUNY Empire State College. I also hold concurrent rank as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Most recently I am expanding on my work with teacher professional development and literacy studies to examine how new technologies and new literacies can be used to enhance teaching and learning. I have published and presented on assessment and evaluation in online learning environments and continue my research in the areas of effective assessment and pedagogical practices for asynchronous and blended learning environments, online professional development, and program evaluation.
Current Research Interests
Learning design and assessment of open educational resources, incorporating digital literacies across the content areas, teaching 21st century skills