Simulation Research

At the University of Central Florida, I work at the Institute for Simulation & Training (IST) where I teach the interdisciplinary studies, graduate course: Modeling & Simulation for Instructional Design. The course is offered in the summer C semester in a  fully online format. Informal, virtual world meetings are held year-round for graduate students who wish to pursue collaborative research projects and grants. Several projects involve immersive research being conducted for The Air University (USAF) where I serve as an advisor for immersive learning.

IDS5142 Modeling & Simulation for Instructional Design Course Header   At UCF, I also work in the Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab (METIL) at IST. We seek collaboration research opportunities to fulfill UCF’s mission to be a leading Partnership University. Some of the work I have performed has been proprietary or restricted and cannot be shared. Don’t think that I have not been busy though!

Cross-Domain Collaboration Research

In March 2016, I began serving as the Community Manager for the US Army’s Military Open Simulator Enterprise Strategy (MOSES) virtual world program under the leadership of Dr. Douglas Maxwell, formerly of the Army Research Lab. The group welcomed participation from educational researchers and practitioners.

MOSES Virtual World Research emblemMy experience over the years has led me to advocate the research and publications of Dr. Peter Senge at MIT. From my perspective, applying the principles of the Fifth Discipline, Dance of Change, and Presencing has helped build my life’s work that has had enduring impact at UCF. This video talk made by Peter Senge, shared from the Garrison Institute illustrates that which I have found to be true in organizations and that what I aspire to practice in my life.

cake with Online@UCF written on it

Cake made by Pam Cavanagh

At the University of Central Florida, I served for over 18 years as a founding leader of online learning, Center for Distributed Learning. Formerly I was the founding Director for a unit called Course Development & Web Services (CDWS) within the Division of Information Technologies & Resources.

I led a dedicated team of professionals, who provided faculty and course development for online teaching, learning, research, and operational excellence.

I think of myself as a strategist, then a change agent, and finally an administrator with a background in instructional design. My degrees were obtained as a single parent on government assistance doing any meaningful job I could along the way and perhaps because of that challenge, figuring out technologies seem exciting to me. I salute all students trying to improve the quality of life for their family.

eLearning can provide better ways to engage many students and their entire families in lifelong learning. I also know that all faculty are nontraditional students in need of support that learning technologies can provide.

(Photo) November 2005, Orlando, FL. EDUCAUSE annual, national conference. It takes exemplary leadership to be awarded the national systemic teaching and learning award and UCF is proud of our executive leadership. Pictured below are former Provost Terry Hickey (retired), CIO Joel Hartman, and President John Hitt (retired). Virginia Tech also received the award along with UCF in 2005.


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