Digital Learning Specialist
Emily is the Digital Learning Specialist at the Center for 21st Century Skills and leads the development and implementation of Moodle at both the Center for 21st Century Skills and EDUCATION CONNECTION. She also works with a variety of Center programs at a curricular level, specifically the Research, Design, and Development/Mobile App Design course and technology electives in the Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Emily provides tech support and troubleshooting for all 34 of the Center’s schools, as well as for administrators, teachers, and students enrolled in our programs. In addition, Emily edits all Center publications.
Background and Education
Emily has a B.A. in English and Journalism from the University of Connecticut. She has ten years of experience with the Information Technology Research and Development program, now known as Research, Design, and Development (Mobile App Design). In college, Emily was very involved in improvisational theater and helped establish UConn’s first highly-successful improv group, Agents of Improv. She attributes her creativity and her ability to think on her feet when working with students to her experience in improv.
Emily was honored as a finalist in the 2009 Women of Innovation competition; she was among 52 women recognized for their roles in Connecticut’s workforce in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Emily also designed and delivered a state-wide Training-of-Trainers module for using Moodle as a course design tool. This course prepared 12 regional education service center staff from across Connecticut to be Moodle trainers and to work with their own local teachers to create courses using the Moodle platform.
Emily is a huge Star Wars fan. She also loves the TV shows Arrested Development, 30 Rock, and The Walking Dead and is an avid gamer. She is a NAUI-certified scuba diver and dove in the western Caribbean coral reefs in summer of 2011. Emily and her husband have an orange tabby cat named Venture, a Siamese cat named Roxy, and an Australian Shepherd named Yuna. Emily and Yuna are currently training to compete in canine agility.