Dr. Cynthia Calongne, Professor of Doctoral Studies
Professor of Doctoral Studies at Colorado Technical University and Adjunct Professor at the Colorado Community Colleges Online (CCCOnline), researcher at Project MOSES, the Infinite Metaverse Alliance, and Virtual Harmony
Cynthia Calongne is a Professor of Doctoral Studies for Colorado Technical University (21 years), teaches at CCCOnline (1.5 years), and is a virtual reality researcher.
She taught 52 university classes in the virtual worlds of Second Life (SL) and Opensim, and mentored 400 13-year-old students as they studied on SL’s Teen Grid from 2007-2009.
Dr. Calongne and her team won the $25,000 Grand Prize for their learning simulation, the Mars Expedition Strategy Challenge, and she won Second Place for her Tube Becomes a Lamp learning activity.
She received the Thinkerer award from the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) in April 2017.
Prior to teaching, she supported USAF Space Command, and worked with the U.S. Space Foundation’s teacher resource program when the Challenger Space Shuttle crashed.
She is a co-organizer for the Opensim Community Conference (OSCC), promotes social good with the Nonprofit Commons, a former Public Relations and Media Relations Area Chair for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Second Life, and a former Communications Chair for SIG Innovative Learning Technologies in the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE).
She conducts research with Project MOSES, Virtual Harmony and the Air University Metaverse.
She serves on the board of the Infinite Metaverse Alliance (IMA), a research and development philanthropic foundation and is a founding member of the Women in Virtual Reality.
She hosted over 217 keynote addresses and presentations, published two books, two book chapters, and 30 papers on virtual worlds research, selfhood and identity, identity and culture, education in virtual worlds, and game simulation design.