Sarah Gretter is an academic specialist at Michigan State University for the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology and the Academic Advancement Network. She is from France, and has been in the United States for 11 years. At work as well as in her personal life, she likes to practice honesty and open communication.

Sarah considers her academic path to be sort of backwards. After earning a doctorate in literature from Purdue University, she earned a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, and then a PhD of educational psychology & educational technology from Michigan State University. She sees her path as being formative to who she is today as an academic specialist focusing on 21st century teaching and learning.

Backwards is also how she approaches educational design. She analyzes, re-vamps, and creates teaching and learning experiences starting with learners’ needs and interests in mind. Her goal is to adapt teaching and learning to 21st century realities–and that often involves using media and popular culture as authentic teaching material.

Sarah currently works on a variety of projects involving teaching and learning on campus, and her background in educational research strongly informs her work. From individual consulting to large course re-design, she enjoys meeting new partners who share the common vision of transforming education for student success.

Aside from educational design, she simply loves teaching, and is a constructivist at heart. She has taught literature and educational technology courses to undergraduate students, educational research courses to master’s students, and led professional development workshops for faculty members.