I was born in Trieste Italy, and was educated in Italy, Switzerland and the US. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in French, a Master’s Degree in Library Science, and a Ph.D. in Educational Technology. I speak Italian, French, and basic Turkish. I am currently Professor Emerita from Arizona State University, and President of International Training Associates, through which I do workshops, help design web-based courses, and consult in the field of Educational Technology.
For over 20 years I was Professor of Educational Technology at Arizona State University. During that time, my focus was on internet-based technologies, working to provide equal educational access to information for all students. I have been President of the International Visual Literacy Association, and President of the International Division of the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT).
I am currently a Past-President of the International Council for Educational Media (ICEM), a UNESCO affiliated non-governmental organization. I have received four Fulbright Scholar Awards; two Fulbright Senior Scholar/Researcher Awards , a Fulbright Alumni Initiatives Award, and most recently, a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award. These have been done in Turkey and Portugal.
I have given keynote addresses and workshops in Turkey, Italy, Germany, Cyprus, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Nigeria, and Portugal. The main focus of my work is in teacher professional development, specifically the use of computer technologies. My research is directed toward intercultural issues as they relate to web-based teaching and learning.