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Maria H. Andersen, PhD.

Maria H. Andersen, PhD., is the Director of Learning and Research for Instructure, where she is responsible for managing the course design process for Canvas Network, a MOOC platform built on the Canvas LMS. She is also tasked with using existing research to improve student success through the design of features in Canvas and using data from Canvas for research about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Prior to this position, she served as faculty at a community college for a decade, teaching traditional and online courses and doing everything possible to make learning more fun. For the last three years, Maria has been designing digital games that teach algebra (now available on iPad). Maria is a voracious learner and spends her time learning, speaking, researching, and writing about the science of learning, eLearning, technology, game design, learning analytics, social media, and higher education. You can find Maria online at or @busynessgirl on Twitter."