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Laurie Hurson

Laurie is a PhD Candidate in the Environmental Psychology program. Her research and work falls at the intersection of digital/physical space, pedagogy, and critical university studies.  She is interested in the role that technology plays within the university and how technology shapes student learning processes.
For her dissertation she is conducting research on how college students engage with educational technologies to facilitate their learning experiences. She is particularly interested in students’ potential development of learning ecologies and how these networks may support various forms of teaching and learning.
Currently, she is an Instructional Technology Fellow at the Macaulay Honors College and a Hybrid Coordinator in Baruch College’s Center for Teaching and Learning. She is also the Coordinator for Planning and Development of OpenCUNY.org, an open-source, academic, and participatory digital medium for the CUNY Graduate Center community. Collaborating with Baruch faculty, she developed the Equality Archive, an open access resource about the history of sex and gender equality in the United States.
Previously, Laurie completed her Masters thesis exploring how individuals’ make lifestyle changes to live more simply. For this project, she conducted interviews with individuals engaged in “simple living” to examine how the process of making major lifestyle changes shaped individuals’ interactions with their surrounding environment. She has taught psychology and digital media classes throughout CUNY.
When not near a computer, Laurie likes to hang out with friends, play guitar, and be outside running, biking, hiking, camping, etc. Her not-so-secret-dream is to live deep in the wifi-less woods of upstate New York.

Research Interests: processes of lifestyle change, transactional relationship with the environment, object relations, digital/physical space, learning environments, learning ecologies, critical pedagogy, critical university studies

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