Summary

I thrive on change and have seen much of it in my teaching career. I am learning to teach in three evolving learning environments: face-to-face, online, and now inworld (immersive).

My research interests focus on how the virtual can enhance the actual (and vice versa) when we learn and teach in online 3D virtual environments. My primary focus is on how we can learn through literature and how we can use new technologies and media to explore multiple realities and encourage critical literacy and social justice.

I developed the Bookhenge on the NC State Wolflands in Second Life as a sanctuary where we can contemplate the literature we read. Come join me.

Work History

Work History
Jan 2000 - Present

Adjunct Assistant Professor

College of Education, NC State University

I teach the graduate class in Young Adult Literature and Reading in the Content Areas.  In 2009 I won a DELTA Idea Grant to transform my Young Adult Literature course into a virtual one.  Watch a presentation that I and my DELTA instructional and multimedia designers made at UNC's Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference --  Zen Garden Approach to Course Design.

Aug 2000 - Jun 2014

Director, Professional Development

United Star Distance Learning Consortium

North Carolina was a founding member of the United Star Distance Learning Consortium (USDLC), a national consortium dedicated to ensuring that all students receive a quality education regardless of geographic barriers.  I've served as a Distance Learning Consultant, a Course Developer, and now the Director of Professional Development for USDLC.  I developed the Reading and Writing with Technology courses for Elementary Grades Teachers and Middle-High School Teachers (each a 30-hour video-based course with over 30 videos each).

Education

Education
Aug 1996 - May 1998

PhD

NC State University

My major focus was on the learning and teaching of English Language Arts through technology integration.