Alex is an instructional designer who focuses on making technology as easy and straightforward as possible so teaching can be as complex and messy as it needs to be. At Smith College in Northampton, MA, she works with faculty to help them determine appropriate technology tools for their learning goals, teaches them how to use new technologies effectively in their own teaching, and designs in-class workshops for students. She also develops and leads workshops for faculty on emerging technologies and digital skills, creates workflows that seamlessly tie to together multiple educational technologies, writes documentation and teaching guides, produces short videos on current educational technology topics, and leads pilots of innovative apps and software.
She holds a Master's of Education in Learning, Media, and Technology and a Bachelor's of Arts in Civic Engagement and Education, both from UMass Amherst. During her time at UMass Amherst, she worked in the Instructional Media Lab to help faculty learn the best practices of using the campus learning management system, audience response system, blogs, and mobile devices in the classroom. Her thesis investigated the outcomes of using iPads in higher education over the last ten years and culminated in a guide to iPad classroom use to enhance student learning. She also worked with the Labor/Management Workplace Education Program to provide a variety of professional development technology courses for university staff.
In addition to her current work at Smith College, she's an instructor at Holyoke Community College, where she teaches WordPress and web development. Her firm, Just Peachy Consulting and Web Design, provides technology consulting and web development to local businesses.