Brenda Lopez Ortiz
Learning Design & TechnologyCurriculum and Instruction
Dr. López has 28 years of experience in a variety of educational contexts. She started her career as a middle school English teacher. She has since worked as web developer, multimedia producer, instructional designer, professional developer and faculty. Dr. López believes the most meaningful learning experiences are those that are project/problem-based incorporating the multiple perspectives of collaborating peers. She also believes in the power of formative evaluation to guide students and the power of technologies to support them during their inquiry process. She values hybrid and face-to-face contexts, but has a special interest in online environments. For those reasons, her research focuses on the nature of online collaboration, online collaborative problem/project-based learning and supporting technologies, including mobile learning.
- Ed.D. — Instructional Technology and Media, Teachers College, Columbia University (2006)
- M.A. — Instructional Systems and Educational Technology, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (1997)
- B.A. — Secondary Education – English, Universidad de Puerto Rico en Cayey (1991)
- 2018 – present
Department of Educational Technology Services
Florida International University
- 2014 – present
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
- 2014 – 2015
Department of Academic Affairs
- 2012 – 2013
Multimedia Production Specialist
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
- 2007 – 2012
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
St. John’s University, Queens, NY
- 2005 – 2007
Associate Web Editor
Department of Development and External Affairs
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
- López Ortiz, B. I. (2019). Mobile assisted language learning from language instructors’ perspectives. In D. Mentor (Ed.), Advancing Mobile Learning in Contemporary Educational Spaces. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
- López Ortiz, B. I. (2012). Issues in problem-based learning in online teacher education. In S. Fee & B. Belland (Eds.), The Role of Criticism in Understanding Problem Solving: Honoring the Work of John C. Belland. New York: Springer.
- López Ortiz, B. I. (2011). Does technology enable authentic democracy and development? Center for Teaching and Learning Newsletter, 16(8), 2-3.
- Lin, L. & López Ortiz, B. I. (2010). Editorial. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 14(1), 5.
- López Ortiz, B. I. & Holmes, A. (2010). Embedding ePortfolios in a Teacher Education Seminar. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 14(1), 18-24.