Born and raised in Worcester, MA (aka "the Wu"). I studied French language and culture at Connecticut
College, where I also learned about those things called "computers"
and "the web" via my job at the school's language lab. After graduation,
I was employed at
for Educational Technology, a regional center of the National
Institute for Technology in Liberal Education based at Middlebury
College in Middlebury, VT. During my 3 years as a full-time member of
the staff at the CET, my main responsibilities were to provide instructional
and developmental support for technology programs,
with an emphasis on languages and pedagogy, and to teach workshops on
multimedia production and web authoring. After leaving the staff, I consulted as a visiting instructor, teaching workshops on computer-mediated
to social software in education, and the social
software users group.
My interest in education and technology brought me to NYC and Teachers College, Columbia
University, where my doctoral dissertation explored the role that technology plays in college students' social identity enactment on campus. While at TC, I also worked as a Research Assistant for the CTELL project,
which explored the use of multimedia case technologies to enhance literacy
Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology in the Department of Educational Technology and Literacy at Towson University. My research interests run toward Web 2.0 policy and practice in higher education, youth culture, and the technology
practices of college students, particularly in the light of current Net Gen/Millennial discourse. More thoughts and conversations
on these topics at my blog.