Sera Thornton joined the University Center for Teaching and Learning in 2017, and currently works with the Open Lab in the Educational Technology division, collaborating with instructors on innovative strategies to promote learning. Prior to coming to Pitt, she was an MITx Digital Learning Lab Fellow, creating both rigorous Massive Open Online Courses and digital learning materials for on-campus courses in the Office of Digital Learning (now known as “Open Learning”) and Department of Biology at MIT. She is especially interested in how visuals can contribute to learning, and has developed skills in creating educational graphics, animations, and videos. Sera has a BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and International Studies from Penn State, and a PhD in Biology from MIT. Her research interests include data visualization, educational video efficacy, STEM/STEAM education, and iterative instructional design.
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