alisa_academicFormerly an environmental scientist, I began my career as a high school educator in 2009, with teachables in science (biology), geography, and mathematics.   My teaching experiences sparked a number of questions about my practice and the education system in general, which led me to my graduate work at OISE and my research with the Encore Lab.  As part of my M.A. and Ph.D programs, I conducted design-based research on computer-supported collaborative learning in secondary science, including the design of learning analytics, software agents, immersive simulations, tangible media, and “smart classroom” architectures to support collaborative learning in face-to-face contexts.

Currently, I am the Director of Education for the Blockchain Research Institute.  The Blockchain Research Institute is conducting the definitive research on the impact of blockchain technology on business, government and society.  A major part of my role is to help mobilize this research via educational programming and enterprise-level learning opportunities.

Other interests include mashup-making, beekeeping, and sustainable house design.