Dr. Holly Ludgate has been working in the fields of education, instructional design, technology, and online learning for the past 13 years. This passion for blending education with cutting-edge technology led her to pursue a doctoral degree from Pepperdine University in Educational Technology, where her research focused on gaming immersion in educational settings and fostering 21st century skills through Quest Atlantis. In 2007, Dr. Ludgate became Program Director at Full Sail University, where she launched the online Education Media Design and Technology Master’s degree program. Currently, she is the Senior Director for Program Development of the New Media Consortium (NMC), an international not-for-profit focused on sparking innovation and creativity in learning, where she manages the NMC Academy — the organization’s online learning initiative.
Prior to the New Media Consortium and Full Sail University, Dr. Ludgate strategized and deployed technology integration in K-12 classrooms, along with teaching campus and online classes for universities in several subject areas. Her passion for emerging technologies and their creative implementation into different areas, such as podcasting, web 2.0 applications, and digital tensions in the classroom, is steadfast. Dr. Ludgate earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and holds her Master’s in Instructional Technology from the University of Central Florida. In 2011, she was also selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) and currently sits on the Apple Education Board for ADEs, along with Apple’s Challenge Based Learning Board.