I earned my Ed.D. degree at Teachers College, Columbia University,
in 1995. My dissertation research consisted in the design and development
of a hypertext environment for adult language learners of Italian.
The study, based on principles of participatory design and learner-centered
pedagogy, described the process of developing a prototype which
integrated language resources in the form of audio, video and text.
It also demonstrated the effectiveness of using computers as resource
centers rather than prescriptive learning tools and confirmed that
participation of teachers and learners in the design process is
crucial for constructing meaningful language learning environments
am aalso a trained and experienced professional in the field of
foreign language teaching and applied linguistics. I taught all
levels EFL/ESL and was involved in all aspects of EFL/ESL methodology
and research. I also organized, presented and coordinated teacher-training
workshops, tutored individuals, and enjoyed devising teaching units
appropriate for adults with different learning needs