Madeleine Olson

B.A., Critical Studies in Media Arts, Mount Holyoke College

Madeleine Olson works in online programming to help clients in a multitude of design-based and innovative projects. She pursues her master’s degree within Georgetown University's Learning, Design, and Technology program. Previously she obtained her B.A. at Mount Holyoke College where she pursued a self-designed major in Critical Studies in Media Arts integrating the fields of educational technology, digital humanities, and visual studies as well as a nexus minor in Journalism, Media, and Public Discourse. She has worked on university campuses in a variety of divisions including Student Life, Academic Affairs, and Research and Online Resources, which gives her a diverse context for learning-design. At Mount Holyoke College's Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Center (SAW), she built and launched a digital Mentor Open Resource Archive (MORA) of educational tools and resources to facilitate best-mentoring practices. Her most recent professional experience at Bay Path University has focused on instructional design. Most recently she has worked as a design researcher at Desklight Learning consulting. Through her work, she aims to continue developing design-based experiences that connect technology with learning innovation within colleges infrastructures and beyond. Apart from her academic endeavors, she spends time on thought leadership endeavors including her podcast This. Life. Now. and forthcoming nonfiction book Subversive Pathways on generating productive approaches to design problems.