Welcome to my ePortfolio!
Dr. Maria Guillily, PhD
To read my expanded biography please visit the about page
During one week of make-up high school Biology labs, my instructor Ms. Mulcahy challenged me to think critically about the topics at hand and how science can enrich our understanding of life. This week led to a lifelong interest in exploring the world around me and resulted in a PhD in Pharmacology and Biomedical Neuroscience and my current passion in developing innovative science curriculum.
During my graduate work in Parkinson’s disease research at Boston University School of Medicine, I was a mentor for a number of students at different learning levels including high school, undergraduate, doctoral students, and adult learners.
Particularly, working with adult immigrant students in the Boston University Bioscience Academy program (formerly Citylab Academy) was a pivotal experience.
After obtaining my PhD, I became impassioned to spread scientific literacy and decided to move into the world of education full time. After working as a visiting professor teaching Biology and Anatomy and Physiology, I decided that the online world provided the greatest opportunity to reach the most number of students.
I am now training to become an online science instructor/course developer at the University of Wisconsin Stout. I am looking forward to utilizing my analytical abilities to teach people how to think critically in the age of unlimited access to information and to excite a passion for science in all age groups.
When I am not honing my online technology and critical thinking skills I enjoy spending time with my family in the great outdoors.
The E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate program through the University of Wisconsin Stout is an exceptional program and has positively impacted my course design and online facilitation skills in countless ways. Three main highlights of my work include the following experiences:
- Designed a novel Biology in the Real World course utilizing Instructional Design best practices and resources. This work included properly aligned active learning components and assessments.
- Developed a strong learning community as a discussion facilitator and as a Co-Operative instructor during my internship with Dr. Susan Manning in Instructional Strategies and Assessment Methods.
- Implemented the use of online technology, including audio and video in the discussion forums and as part of my internship.
You will find a sampling of some of the educational technology tools I have utilized in the following pages, which have been broken up by course title: