Laura Thompson is a Learning Strategies Coordinator with Delaware Technical & Community College. In this role she provides professional development that is targeted to demonstrated needs as evidenced through qualitative and quantitative data. Additionally, Laura’s research interests include the development of community in the online classroom with a focus on the role of the instructor. Aligned with these interests are elements of effective instruction regardless of modality with an emphasis on the instances when educational technology can be used effectively to improve the learning experience for students and instructors alike. Laura has a Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Arts in Educational Psychology: Human Cognition and Intelligent Technologies, and a PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in the integration of technology and instruction.