About

Laura A. Pasquini is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Learning Technologies in the College of Information at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, TX, USA and a Researcher with The Digital Learning and Social Media Research Group at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, Canada. With over a decade of experience in the field of Student and Academic Affairs in Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States, she has gained valuable professional experiences in higher education academic advising and student support, career development, first-year experience curriculum, faculty/staff development, and instructional design.

Pasquini_Headshot_2018Dr. Pasquini’s research and publications include technology for training, pedagogy models of education with emerging technology, social media policy, talent development, performance innovation, needs assessment/evaluation, and effective implementation of learning design. As an early career scholar-practitioner, Laura’s scholarship examines mentoring experiences, networked practices, online communities of practice, digital professional identity development, and collaborative learning environments for workplace learning and performance. She consults with various educational institutions, non-profit and corporate associations on optimizing social media for learning, improving organizational culture, strategic team design, and enhancing training initiative by utilizing formal and informal learning practices.

Dare to JumpLaura presents internationally on a variety of trends and issues around learning and performance for both professional associations and higher education institutions. She has delivered educational sessions and research reports for EDUCAUSE, The Online Learning Consortium, the New Media Consortium, NACADA, ACPA, NASPA, and a number of higher education institutions and organizations. Laura served as the NACADA Technology in Advising Commission Chair from 2011-2013, NACADA Council Member (with the Commission and Interest Group Division) from 2013-2015, and co-Chaired the inaugural Online Learning Consortium Innovate (#OLCInnovate) in 2016. 

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 Dr. Pasquini is a Lecturer in the College of Information in the  Department of Learning Technologies at UNT. During her doctoral research, she helped to found and edit the Learning and Performance Quarterly open access, peer-reviewed journal, and formerly Researched for the Center for Knowledge Solutions. Check out her research experience and current research projects in-progress.

rru-logo-slideLaura is currently a Researcher with The Digital Learning and Social Media Research Group at Royal Roads University to investigate the impact of open, online, social, and networked learning.

research_shorts_logoShe helps to explain research through animation whiteboard videos by drafting scripts and creating videos to disseminate scholarly work via the Research Shorts YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/ResearchShorts

Laura’s research area is exploring how networked communities of practice influence and impact professional development and identity, specifically with the emergence of informal learning using social media and digital networks.  A number of these online communities and personal learning networks are offering support for graduate students, faculty, and staff in post-secondary education. As a contributing author to Erik Qualman’s book, What Happens on Campus Stays On YouTube, Dr. Pasquini thinks it’s a critical time for colleges and universities to be proactive in how they support and navigate online interactions with their campus stakeholders. We need to model and mentor digital identity development for our students, staff, and faculty at our institutions.

In her developing research agenda, Dr. Pasquini is discovering the impact of mentoring programs and experiences professional associations can offer for personal/professional growth in a career field. Additionally, she is also exploring how podcasts are being used by higher ed peers to support learning and development. By curating these open educational resources for postsecondary training, we are beginning to learn patters of professional development needs, community interests, and prospective pathways for this form of campus engagement for learning.

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You can often find Laura curating a wealth of goodness on Twitter, as @laurapasquini,  podcasting with BreakDrink and In Vino Fabulum (#InVinoFab); while writing about organizational development, technology for learning, knowledge management, and current projects on her blog.

Consulting & Presenting Specialties: Educational technology, digital L&D, organizational change management, team & group dynamics, academic advising and student support, career exploration/development, curriculum design, social media for learning, mentoring, informal/formal networks for training & development, learning and performance assessment.
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Contact Laura directly by emailing techknowtoolsllc [at] Gmail [dot] com

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[Disclaimer: The contents of this site represent the personal thoughts, opinions, and research of Laura A. Pasquini, which may or may not represent the opinions of her past, current, or future employers.]