This week the Chief Experience Officer and Research Scientist of the Lastinger Center for Learning at the University of Florida, Dr. Cathy Cavanaugh joins me to discuss how she works to bring a diverse team together focusing on expanding educational opportunities to more people while focusing on the teachers they support. She emphasizes the importance of partnerships and collaboration at every level by sharing some great experiences from her rich background. She uses her teaching experience to relate to the need to scaffold people along and develop micro-milestones while working to create a space where ideas flourish and that invites great dialogue.
Dr. Cavanaugh previously she held roles at Microsoft leading Professional Development and Analytics in the education products group, and working with education leaders and organizations around the world to transform learning and teaching. Cathy’s experience includes leading a statewide education transformation initiative and launching a virtual school in Western Australia; higher education leadership and research in the Middle East during a national mobile learning program; and work as a professor and researcher in educational technology in US universities; as well as school teaching and leadership. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar advancing e-learning in Nepal. She has developed successful and innovative online degree and professional development programs, and blended learning programs for K-12 students. She also directed professional development centers in the US and was a STEM classroom teacher in the US and Caribbean.
Dr. Cavanaugh’s research and her 150 publications focus on technology-empowered teaching and learning in virtual schools, online and blended learning, teacher development, and mobile learning. Her work has been recognized for its impact with international awards including a 2016 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Making IT Happen award, as well an innovation awards for research focused on virtual schooling. Cathy is a frequent speaker at education events, and she has consulted on educational technology with national and state governments, universities, schools, and organizations. Her education includes a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, a Master of Education, and a Bachelor of Education.
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