Leadership Team

Matthews-DeNatale HeadshotGail Matthews-DeNatale serves on the faculty at Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Education, where she leads the M.Ed. Concentration in eLearning and Instructional Design, serves as second reader for the Ed.D. program, and specializes in the use of portfolios for online experiential learning.  Her courses include “Emerging Trends in Education,” “Education as an Advanced Field of Study,” and “How People Learn.”

Prior to Northeastern, she held positions at Simmons College, George Mason University, and The University of South Carolina. She is a founding board member for the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL), reader for Higher Education Teaching and Learning Review, former member of the NERCOMP Board of Trustees, and former advisor to the Educause Learning Initiative’s Blended and Online Learning focus session group.

Dr. Matthews-DeNatale’s 2013 Sloan-C Conference presentation on ePortfolios as a tool for curriculum redesign received the best-in-track award, and her successful 2009 grant proposal from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation launched the Simmons College Blended Learning Initiative. Matthews-DeNatale’s research interests include digital storytelling, fluency with emerging technology, and authentic formative assessment.

– Gail’s ePortfolio
Gail on LinkedIn

Poklop HeadshotLaurie Poklop is an Associate Director in the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research at Northeastern University.

Dr. Poklop earned her Ed.D. from Northeastern University. Her doctoral research focused on the design of electronic portfolios to support formative assessment.

She has been an active participant in the national eportfolio professional organization, AAEEBL, since its inception and a frequent speaker at AAEEBL conferences. For the past three years, she has been a member of Cohort VI of the Inter/National Coalition for Research on Electronic Portfolios and has recently completed a three-year study examining the effects of eportfolios on the teaching of audience in first-year writing courses.

Dr. Poklop served as an instructional designer in Northeastern’s former Educational Technology Center for ten years, most recently focusing on online course design and ePortfolios. She was a lecturer in the M.Ed. program in Instructional Design at UMass Boston for 15 years, teaching courses in instructional design, media-based training development, project management and research, and has taught fully online courses since 2003.

Laurie on LinkedIn

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