Brenda Lopez Ortiz

Brenda Lopez Ortiz

Learning Design & Technology
Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Dr. López has 25 years of experience in educational contexts. She started her career as middle school English teacher. She has since worked as web developer, multimedia producer, instructional designer, professional developer and faculty. Dr. López believes the most meaningful learning experiences are those that are project/problem-based incorporating the multiple perspectives of collaborating peers. She also believes in the power of formative evaluation to guide students and the power of technologies to support them during their inquiry process. She values hybrid and face-to-face contexts, but has a special interest in online environments. For those reasons, her research focuses on the nature of online collaboration, online collaborative problem/project-based learning and supporting technologies, including mobile learning.


Sloan Consortium Workshops (2013)
Leadership in Online Learning Policy
Structures and Models
Financials and Economics

Doctor of Education (2006), Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
Major: Instructional Technology and Media
Dissertation: Online Collaborative Problem-Based Learning: Design, Facilitation, Student Work Strategies and Supporting Technologies
Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning Research Fellowship
University of Puerto Rico's Presidential Scholarship
Teachers College Minority Student Scholarship

Master of Arts in Education (1997), Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, Santurce, PR
Major: Systems of Instruction and Educational Technology, Educational Computing
Designed a computer-managed instruction system based on Microsoft Access to handle administrative tasks related to managing instruction (e.g. keeping students’ academic records).

Bachelor of Arts in Education (1991)
Institution: Universidad de Puerto Rico en Cayey, Cayey, PR
Major: Secondary Education, English
Medal to the Highest Grade Point Average in Education
Medal to the Highest Grade Point Average in Secondary Education
Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico's Medal to the Highest Grade Point Average in the Bachelor of Arts in Education
National Hispanics Scholars Awards Program

Select Publications

López Ortiz, B. I. (2012). Issues in problem-based learning in online teacher education. In S. Fee & B. Belland (Eds.), The Role of Criticism in Understanding Problem Solving: Honoring the Work of John C. Belland. New York: Springer.

López Ortiz, B. I. (2011). Does technology enable authentic democracy and development? Center for Teaching and Learning Newsletter, 16(8), 2-3.

Lin, L. & López Ortiz, B. I. (2010). Editorial. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 14(1), 5.

López Ortiz, B. I. & Holmes, A. (2010). Embedding ePortfolios in a Teacher Education Seminar. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 14(1), 18-24.

López Ortiz, B., Lin, L. & Tipton, M. (2009). Co-Authoring in Online Problem-based Learning: Collaborative Approaches and Challenges. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 5, 293-303.


January 2018 - Present
Instructional Designer
Institution: Florida International University
Department: Educational Technology Services
Division of Information Technology

January 2014 – Present
Limited-Term Lecturer
Institution: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Department: Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Program: Learning Design and Technology

November 2014 – December 2015
Instructional Designer
Institution: UNAD Florida
Department: Academic Affairs

February 2012 – September 2013
Multimedia Production Specialist
Institution: Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
Department: Title V/PPOHA

September 2007 – February 2012
Assistant Professor
Institution: St. John’s University, Queens, NY
School: The School of Education
Department: Curriculum & Instruction

August 2005 – August 2007
Associate Web Editor
Institution: Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
Department: Development and External Affairs
Division: Office of the TC Web

Courses Taught

EDCI 56800
EDCI 56900
EDCI 57200
EDCI 57700
EDCI 67200