Faculties and Staff | Learning Technologies


Jolie Kennedy

Learning Technologies Lecturer

Dr. Jolie Kennedy’s research interests center on exploring phenomena in technology-mediated learning, particularly online learning, instructional design, and personal learning environments. She teaches foundational and advanced courses in online distance learning and instructional design. Her background is in instructional design, specializing in e-learning in business and industry including finance, defense, healthcare, and energy sectors.


Angelica Pazurek

Learning Technologies Senior Lecturer 

Dr. Angel Pazurek leads the Learning Technologies undergraduate minor program and teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses. Her scholarship focuses on critical digital pedagogy and learning design in adult and higher education. Her current research interests include learner engagement in online environments, the use of social media for connected learning in online college courses, and international initiatives in open and distance learning. Angel serves as the country director for the midwest region of the United States for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association. She also serves on the board of directors for the Association for Educational Communication and Technology, is an associate editor for eLearn Magazine, and is a member of the editorial advisory board for the Asian Journal of Distance Education.


Lana Peterson

Lana Peterson

Director of Community Engagement and Course Coordinator 

Lana Peterson is the Director of Community Engagement for the L+T Collaborative and the coordinator for Curriculum and Instruction's Technology for Teaching and Learning course for preservice teachers. She is a community engaged scholar with one foot in academia and another in K-12 teaching and learning spaces. Her research interests include K-12 technology integration, equitable computer science education, and teacher development. Alongside her colleague Dr. Cassie Scharber, Lana serves as a research practice partner with Minnesota school districts to solve mutual problems of practice. She serves on the leadership team for CSforAll Minnesota, the MN Distance Learning Summit, and volunteers with Code Savvy.


Cassie Scharber

Learning Technologies Associate Professor

Dr. Cassie Scharber is the Director of the LT Media Lab. Her research interests span both fields of learning sciences and literacy: technology integration; computer science education; (critical) digital literacies. She is committed to community-engaged projects and scholarship, and serves as a state lead for CSforAll-MN, Minnesota’s chapter of the Expanding Computing Education Pathways (ECEP) Alliance that seeks to increase the number and diversity of students who have access to K12 computer science education. With her colleague, Lana Peterson, they engage in long-term research-practice partnerships with Minnesota school districts related to K12 technology integration, computer science education, and emergency remote online/distance learning.