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Dr. Marisa Exter is an Associate Professor of Learning Design and Technology in Purdue University College of Education. She has 15 years of experience in software design, development, and project management, and earned her BS and MS in Computer Science, along with a PhD in Instructional Systems Technology. Her research interests focus on formal and non-formal educational experiences of practitioners in design-related fields (such as Computing and Instructional Design professionals), with an aim to improve undergraduate education, especially through interdisciplinary programs and learning experiences. She has experience in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods educational research. She has been involved in curricular development and research related to two competency-based programs.

Marisa takes a mentorship approach to teaching and co-leads an active research family group with members from a wide range of backgrounds and interest areas ( She is a member of the Computing Curriculum 2020 Task Force and its Competencies committee, and co-coordinator of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Summer Research Symposium.

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