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Laurie Hurson

Laurie is a PhD Candidate in the CUNY Graduate Center’s 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. Laurie also completed her Masters thesis at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her project explored how individuals’ engaged in large-scale lifestyle changes to live more simply.
Laurie’s dissertation explores students’ learning ecologies and how these resource networks shape student learning processes and engagement. A student’s learning ecology  refers to the network of people, places, and technologies that connect the physical, social, and cultural environments that a student engages with throughout the learning process.
Laurie has a background in faculty development programming and open source educational technology and works as an Open Education Technologist within the GC’s Teaching and Learning Center. Prior to working with the GC TLC, Laurie was a Hybrid Coordinator at Baruch College’s Center for Teaching and Learning and  the Coordinator for Planning and Development of OpenCUNY.org.
In collaboration with Dr. Shelly Eversley (English, Baruch College), Laurie helped develop EqualityArchive, an OER focused on the history of sex and gender equality in the United States. She teaches “Principles of New Media” at Baruch College.

Research Interests: transactional relationship with the environment, [digital/physical] learning environments, learning ecologies, networks, critical pedagogies, critical university studies, science and technology studies

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