I hold a Ph.D. in Educational Technology and Human-Computer Interaction (co-major) from Iowa State University. I am a human-centered researcher, passionate educator, and currently work as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Instructional Systems and Workforce Development Department at Mississippi State University.
" Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people -- first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving..." Albert Einstein
My research lies at the intersection of learning sciences, educational technology, and human-computer interaction – three fields that inform my work on employing human-centered approaches to design technology tools such as learning analytics dashboards to improve teaching and learning processes. My current work aims to examine how instructors’ teaching strategies and methodologies may be improved by interpreting data visualizations (i.e., dashboards) and how to make sense of data, reflect on it, and act accordingly.
My primary goal in teaching is to better engage students and improve the teaching and learning experiences through incorporating different innovative technology tools. I utilize human-centered design approaches in my teaching practices with the core tenets of building empathy, problem solving, and co-design processes.