Dr. Pasquini’s research and publications include technology for training and development, pedagogy models with emerging technology, social media policy, learning and performance innovation, evaluation and needs assessment, and effective implementation program and curriculum design. As an early career scholar-practitioner, Dr. Pasquini’s scholarship examines networked communities, open practices, and collaborative online learning environments that support workplace learning and performance in higher education. She consults with various education 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 webinars for EDUCAUSE, The Online Learning Consortium, NACADA, ACPA, NASPA, Academic Impressions, and other 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.
Dr. Pasquini earned her Ph.D. in Technology & Performance Improvement with the Department of Learning Technologies at UNT. She was the founding student editor for the Learning and Performance Quarterly open access, peer-reviewed journal, and a former Research Affiliate for the Center for Knowledge Solutions.
Laura 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.
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. 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. You can often find Laura curating a wealth of goodness on Twitter, as @laurapasquini, podcasting with the Women Who Wine in Education (#3Wedu) and BreakDrink, and writing about organizational development, learning ponderings, or current research 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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