littleBits Electronics Chapter Leader

littleBits Electronics

The Thingfully Club, aka the Oakland Chapter of littleBits Electronics, holds events for educators of all stripes—formal, informal, parents, peer-to-peer (i.e., youth), and lifelong learners. Most Meetups of the Thingfully Club will be conducted using Design Thinking methods that encourage collaboration, creativity, problem solving and iteration in a hands-on workshop setting.

Open Education Resources (OER) Commons

Design Thinking for 11th Graders

I co-created (with Julie Joslin, a veteran English language educator based in North Carolina) an open online course to introduce students at the top of the K-12 ladder to the concept of Design Thinking via Common Core Literacy Standards. Students learn about IDEO’s process for eliciting creative action and apply that knowledge to a the issue of bullying.


This project arose after an stimulating conference in Half Moon Bay, California called the Big Ideas Fest (aka BIF). Our team emerged with the “InterSeed Challenge” in response to the question, “How might we create opportunities for learning through international collaboration?”

NYU, Tisch School of the Arts—Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP)

Powering Across the Digital Divide

I taught this graduate level course that created opportunities for collaboration between students at ITP and a variety of people in East Africa.

The course also introduces students to development theory, particularly the idea of expanding human rights, capabilities and freedoms. Such ideas are shaping international development; they are relevant for thinking about how to design and distribute innovative, suitable, and desirable products and services for low-income people around the world.

iHub Research—Nairobi, Kenya

In addition to mentoring the staff, I wrote curriculum for and taught the following workshops:  “Design Thinking,” “Hands-on UX Testing for Mobile Applications,” and “Where are U in UX?”

University of New South Wales—Sydney, Australia

I worked in the context of a large university in 2005 when I was hired to spend six months as part of a team developing curriculum to teach lecturers how to repurpose and migrate their learning resources from ad hoc websites for a campus-wide rollout of the Blackboard LMS (learning management system) for the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

In addition to writing and editing documents, I taught face-to-face classes to faculty members.

James Cook University—Instructional Designer

In consultation with professors, I designed and developed concepts, wrote budgets and timelines, and supervised staff to create effective digital courseware.  Additionally, I monitored and reported project status, assisted faculty to develop pedagogically sound online and blended learning course materials, and researched and recommended instructional approaches for students with head injuries.