Laura Ballard is the eLearning Director at Mesa Community College. She is passionate about helping faculty transform traditional learning environments into relevant and engaging experiences. For the past ten years, she has been in various roles at the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) working with faculty, staff, and administrators to elevate their instructional technology skills. Prior to coming to MCCCD, she earned her Masters' Degree in Learning and Instructional Technology at ASU. While taking coursework, she was an instructor and researcher under the PT3 (Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to use Technology) grant. She researched the positive impact of technology infusion on the learning process and how to teach teachers the techniques of infusion. She has designed and delivered several hybrid and online courses at ASU and the Maricopa Community Colleges using various instructional technologies and Learning Management Systemsand has also been an online student. Laura is currently online adjunct faculty in the English department at GateWay Community College. Along with these experiences, she has also been a high school Language Arts teacher and a fastpitch and volleyball coach.
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