Judi Fusco has spent much of her career using technology to support learning and collaboration and to help close the gap between teachers and researchers. After receiving her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology, she co-founded and directed the community development of Tapped In, one of the first online communities for education professionals from 1997-2013. From 2008 – 2020, she taught classes on learning theories in an Education Doctorate for Learning Technologies program, supervised dissertation students, and learned a great deal about the gap between research and practice.
For the last ten years she has been working with National Science Foundation-funded projects that are building future learning technologies, currently the Center for Integrative Research in Computing and Learning Sciences project and the Engage AI project. She has helped broaden the work and its impact by bringing teachers and practitioners into the community to better understand what they think of the new technologies, what might work, what might not work, and why.
As Director of Emerging Technologies and Learning Sciences at Digital Promise, she is grateful to be able to work with practitioners from across the country that are part of the Digital Promise Network, for example practitioners in the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program or the League of Innovative Schools. What she learns from the partnerships with practitioners inspires her to create equitable, inclusive, design spaces with practitioners and researchers in both computer science and learning sciences. Outside of work, her interests include spending time with her wonderful family including her cats, and tap dancing(!) as much as possible!