Susan Pennestri

Associate Director for Learning Design and Technologies

M.A., Educational Technology Leadership, The George Washington University

Susan Pennestri serves as the Assistant Director for Learning Design and Technologies at CNDLS. In this role, she supports innovation in the area of technology-enhanced pedagogy in teaching and learning across all disciplines. She works closely with faculty in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of face-to-face, blended, and fully online courses, including certificate programs and degrees. Susan also manages a number of projects related to the Initiative on Technology-Enhanced Learning (ITEL), including a few GeorgetownX MOOCs.

In her former position at CNDLS, Susan managed the daily operations of the language lab and worked closely with faculty and students supporting language learning needs. Prior to CNDLS she taught English as a Second Language in the US and in Italy.

Over the years, Susan has led numerous workshops on research-based principles and best practices on the effective use of technologies. She is a frequent presenter at local, regional, and national conferences. Her publications include a chapter on The Effectiveness of Type and Timing of Clicker-based Feedback on Spanish L2 Development (2015), From Planning to Launching MOOCs: Guidelines and Tips from GeorgetownX (2014), Using Google+ to Enhance Student Learning, Engagement, and Communication (2013), and Using Wordles to Teach Foreign Language Writing (2011).