I’m eclectic, a lover of big ideas and worthy people, especially teachers, students, and all people who want to make a difference in this world. I’ve spent the last twenty years moving between academia and the corporate world, an edupreneur before the word existed 🙂
I started in professional education as an elementary school teacher…wait, I actually started as a teaching assistant! That’s where I realized it’s so important to have fun and feel engaged while learning. Being inquisitive and playing games are still a part of what I do today, and permeate my work, research and teaching. I’m passionate in my work, and hold high standards for myself and others, while striving to remain light of heart. Quite a feat! I’m eternally fascinated by the impact technology is having on society, our relationships, our bodies and our minds.
Lisa Dawley is CEO & Founder of GoGo Labs, a gamified educational technology company in Boise, ID. With over 20 years of experience in edtech entrepreneurship, research, practice, and policy, Dawley provides leadership in the design of innovative learning technologies, online spaces and experiences. She is a former professor and chair of the Dept. of Educational Technology at Boise State University. She co-created 3D GameLab quest-based learning platform, a multiple industry award winning software, Teen GameLab, and EDTECH Island, a training simulation supporting international teacher education. Dr. Dawley has a utility patent pending for personalized learning systems. She was primary investigator for Planet Stewards, a DML Badges for Lifelong Learning awardee in cooperation with NOAA, Mozilla and HASTAC.
Dr. Dawley was co-author of the Going Virtual! research series studying professional development for K-12 online teachers. She received a Top 20 Bestselling Books Award for her text, The Tools for Successful Online Teaching. Dawley is also co-founder of the Applied Research in Virtual Environments for Learning Special Interest Group (ARVEL SIG) affiliated with the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She was an invited research fellow at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences summer institute, and recipient of grants from the Spencer Foundation and HASTAC. Dawley is a former board member for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).