Cathi Phillips Dunnagan


Cathi Phillips Dunnagan is Senior Instructional Designer with Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) at NC State University. She designs experiences for learners that incorporate virtual reality (VR), video, podcasts, and gamification with the goal of student engagement. She has conducted activity-based presentations for SXSWedu, New Media Consortium, UNC Cause, UNC Wilmington, and NC State. At ELI 2019, with Mike Cuales and Maria Gallardo-Williams, she presented “Virtual Organic Chemistry Labs: Your Personal TA Is Waiting for You.” Cathi is passionate about sharing how to create engaging learning experiences—from lessons learned to exciting successes.

Before joining DELTA, Cathi served as an instructional designer with the e-Learning Department at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD-eLearning). In this role, Cathi worked with faculty subject matter experts to develop courses in the visual arts, including graphic design, sequential art, and interactive design and game development. Cathi also worked with the State of North Carolina Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) as the Web designer/developer for Enterprise Solutions. She designed, developed, and managed multiple Web projects. One of her more complex projects was the State Portal Redesign Project, NC.Gov. Stakeholders for the portal included all state agencies as well as the general public. In 2004, Cathi completed her Master of Science in Instructional Technology at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, while serving as a senior Web developer for the university. Her M.S. thesis e-Portfolio is online at Cathi earned her B.A. in Art from Marshall University.

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