Hello and welcome to my WordPress site! I am an Instructional Designer with the ITS Learning and Applied Innovation Group at Colgate University. With over 20 years experience in education, my primary role at Colgate is to manage our learning platforms while researching emerging technologies – sift through the many to find the few that will support the teaching and learning process in a meaningful way. I am deeply involved in collaborating with our faculty to develop digital learning environments.

Beginning my career as a fifth-grade teacher, I jumped up to higher-ed at Skidmore College and enjoyed 13 years there partnering with faculty in their use of technology integration. Followed up with a brief stint serving at Babson College in their Blended and Online Learning managing their “Innovation Pipeline.” Boston was amazing but I yearned for the private, liberal arts environment I was so familiar with… I love Colgate and its rich history and expansive educational experience.  I work with a  group of diverse, talented, intellectually sophisticated colleagues who challenge me and themselves to be the best we can be in a setting that brings together teaching, learning and technology.

I hold a BA degree from Norwich University, VT in English and Elementary Education, an M.Ed from Columbia University, and currently working on an Advanced Degree in Instructional Design from the University of Wisconsin, Stout. You can see some of the work I’m doing under Grad Portfolio tab.

A few other things about me: I’m from the Adirondack Mountain area of upstate New York but have embraced this Central New York area as my “home away from home.” I live on the lovely Seven Oaks Golf Course in Hamilton, NY with my husband Daniel Starr. We host guests in our B&B called The Good Life @ Colgate, and have found it to be a very busy and rewarding business venture.

Contact: email me at dempsey dot kel @ gmail dot com or follow me on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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