about me

Sandra Sawaya GR 2013

as a professional…

I am the Academic Design Strategy Manager in the Office of Information Technology at the University of Colorado Boulder where I work with some pretty cool people (aka the Academic Technology Design Team) to solve wicked problems at the intersection of teaching, learning, technology, usability, media, and design in higher education. In addition, I consult with CU-Boulder faculty to integrate design thinking and educational technology best practices into their curricula.

as a scholar…

I am also an advanced doctoral student in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program at Michigan State University. My research interests involve examining everyday learning using mobile technologies and how these devices impact learning. I am also interested in designing, implementing, and evaluating technology-rich learning environments for higher education.

Previously, I have been part of the Master of Arts in Educational Technology program instructional team at Michigan State where I co-taught several online courses. I have also worked as a user experience intern at Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting.

on a personal note…

My interests are varied and they often inform and motivate my professional and scholarly interests. They range from design, architecture, typography, Arabic calligraphy, data visualization to social psychology, anatomy, mathematics, and physics. En bref, I am a perpetual learner — and the world fascinates me.

I am mindful and respectful of how design influences the learning process.

on a more random note…

I like a well structured environment, but I also work well in organized chaos. I like all things elegantly simple, and I love shades of grey. I quite frequently quote from novels by Chuck Palahniuk. I make a lot of lists, and take a lot of photographs of buildings, streetlights, and doorways. Possessor of an (apparently hard-to-place) accent. Coffee drinker. Proud shetland sheepdog owner.