Dr. Mondelli is an early modern Europeanist turned Educational Developer. Her training as a historian led her to prize writing across the curriculum and writing in the disciplines pedagogies. From there, she became an expert in coaching faculty and other educators to incorporate the full gamut of evidence-based and creative practices to maximize student engagement and deepen learning.
Her passion for game-based learning was ignited while at the City University of New York and led her to facilitate workshops nationally, often with her co-author, Dr. Joe Bisz. Their collaborative, highly interactive pedagogy was in need of a scholarly design method to leverage research-based principles known to improve learning. After years of research and praxis, Mondelli and Bisz are close to releasing their book, The ALLURE of Play: The Educator’s Guide to Implementing Game-Based Learning.
When not playing games, Dr. Mondelli can be found leading strategic teaching initiatives to enhance support for faculty members and graduate instructors. She aims to increase the prevalence of learning environments that intentionally build a sense of belonging for ALL learners, while structuring active learning and transparent assessment.
A lifelong New Yorker, Dr. Mondelli recently left behind the hustle and bustle of the Lower East Side in exchange for the gentler pace of Missouri. She and her family incorporate play into their everyday lives with frequent biking and nature excursions.
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