I am a digital teacher and pedagogue, with experience especially in instructional design, networked learning, digital composition and publishing, collaboration, and editing. I've been working in digital teaching and learning for 16 years. My work in the field of Critical Digital Pedagogy and Critical Instructional Design is founded in the philosophy of Paulo Freire, and finds contemporary analogues in the work of Howard Rheingold, Cathy N. Davidson, Dave Cormier, and Jesse Stommel. I am committed to engaging audiences in critical inspection of digital technologies, and to turning a social justice lens upon education.
As an Instructional Designer in the Office of Digital Learning, I offer pedagogical, technological, and project management support for digital projects across the Middlebury ecosystem, especially the Language Schools, Schools Abroad, and the Middlebury Institute for International Studies. My primary focus is on resourcing digital technology that is complementary to a program’s or teacher’s pedagogy, and my approach to this work is collaborative. I bring to these collaborations a diverse knowledge of digital tools and a long history in digital learning.
Before coming to Middlebury, I was Senior Editor of Research and Education at Instructure, the maker of the Canvas learning management system, where I contributed to the development of new features for the LMS, and where I facilitated conversations between educational technology researchers, teachers, and learners.
Prior to that, I served as the Managing Editor at Hybrid Pedagogy, a digital journal of learning, teaching, and technology. In that role, I was foundational in growing networked conversations about digital learning and pedagogy, and to establishing the field of Critical Digital Pedagogy. I currently play a similar role as Director of Digital Pedagogy Lab, an educational non-profit organization that offers professional development in digital teaching and learning through online courses and international, on-ground institutes.
I have been working in digital learning environments since 1999, first as an instructional designer, and later as an adjunct instructor and English program chair. I've consulted with institutions and corporations including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Marylhurst University, the Community College of Denver, Udacity, Instructure, the City University of New York, HASTAC, the University of Delaware, the University of Dayton, the American University in Cairo, Iliff School of Theology, and the University of Mary Washington, among others. I received my M.A. in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder.