Kathy Neesen




Coming to educational research from a background in web and interface design in the corporate world, the field of instructional technology has allowed Dr. Kathy to blend her passion for clean and user-friendly interface design with her interest in how and why people learn best.Her research interests are educational game design, online learning, and user-interface design. She is particularly interested in learning how games can be designed to promote learning and creativity for children of all ages. She also enjoys working on ways to improve online learning so that it takes advantage of the interactive nature of the Internet.


Ph.D, Instructional Technology, University of Virginia, 2008

M.Ed., Instructional Technology, University of Virginia, 2004

B.A., English and German, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998

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Oct 22nd 2013

During the early childhood years children gain knowledge and skills that provide the foundation for later learning. Young children learn many of these skills through the interactions they have with their teachers. This course is intended to increase teachers’ knowledge about specific types of teacher-child interactions that promote young children’s development. The course will focus on helping teachers to offer emotionally supportive interactions to the children in their care.

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