Evaluation Specialist, Assessment and Institutional Research
Saint Leo University
F21 Class of 2005
Laura Blasi is currently an evaluation specialist in the Office of Assessment and Institutional Research (A&IR) at Saint Leo University near Tampa after serving for four years as a faculty member in the Department of Educational Research, Technology, and Leadership (ERTL) at the University of Central Florida (UCF.) Her research experience includes work in program evaluation, field-based research studies, and applied work in assessment and institutional research.
Laura currently works on the use of assessment to improve undergraduate teaching and learning across all disciplines through academic program reviews and the assessment of general education. Her teaching experience includes courses in qualitative methods, survey methods (mixed methods), measurement and evaluation as well as courses focused on the fundamentals of research at the graduate-level.
Her prior research focused on the use of technology for STEM education in low-income schools. With an emphasis on innovation in education, Laura’s experience also includes the design and development of research-based online video case studies as well as interactive online media for middle and high school science students for NASA (www.nasa-inspired.org.)
Her publications include “From rhetoric to technology: A transformation from citizens into consumers” in Issues in Web-Based Pedagogy: A Critical Primer. More recently she co-authored a chapter on the social consequences of design and development teams in the Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology (2007) edited by Spector, Merrill, van Merriënboer, and Driscoll.)
She is a member of PKAL's F21 since 2005, and this work builds on her prior experience working with the U.S. Dept. of Education and in the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).