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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. 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.
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Dr. Pasquini’s research and publications include technology for training, open educational resources, 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.
Laura 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 (OLC), Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA), New Media Consortium, College Student Educators International (ACPA), and higher education institutions and organizations. Laura specifically served in the following leadership positions:

 Dr. Pasquini is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Information in the  Department of Learning Technologies at UNT. During her doctoral program, she founded and was the inaugural editor of the Learning and Performance Quarterly, an open access, peer-reviewed journal.

My Research Focus and Expertise:                                             

  • Social Media Policy & Guidelines                   Formal/Informal Learning Networks
  • Mentoring Early Career Professionals          Social Media in Higher Education
  • Learning Technology Trends                          Higher Education Administration
  • Digital Ethnographic Methods                        Networked Communities of Practice
  • Podcasts for Learning & Development          Instructional Pedagogy & Design
  • Networked Scholarship/Practice                     Digital & Open Learning Practices

 

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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.

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

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Her work at @RoyalRoads includes the scripting and producing animation whiteboard videos to explain research, share projects, and disseminate scholarly work via the Research Shorts YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/ResearchShorts

whocampus.jpgLaura’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 all of their campus stakeholders. We need to model and mentor digital identity development for our students, staff, and faculty at our institutions.

Consulting & Presenting Specialties: Learning technology, digital learning & development, organizational change management, team & group dynamics, online academic advising and/or student support, career exploration/development, curriculum design, social media for learning, mentoring, networked practices, learning/performance assessment, and digital storytelling through podcasts, video animations, and blog narratives.
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Contact Laura for any requests for consulting, training, speaking opportunities, digital developments, and/or research inquiries by email at: techknowtoolsllc@gmail.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.]

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