Robin Smail has focused on the connections between learning, community and user-centric design throughout her career. As the user experience designer in Penn State’s Teaching & Learning with Technology group, she helps to imagine and build things that make the Penn State community more open and connected. In her sixteen years at Penn State, Robin has been involved in a number of special projects, including the university’s site redesign in 2012. Robin’s recent studio projects include developing the user experience of the Penn State Digital Badging Platform, and guiding the general education task force in their efforts to create a transparent, open environment in the use of authentic discussion and collaboration while rethinking Penn State’s General Education requirements.
Robin is an award-winning speaker in the higher education community, and travels throughout North America to speak and teach on the user experience, universal design, and emerging trends and their integration into the teaching and learning process. She’s a passionate user advocate, and can be found online everywhere engaging community and misbehaving as Robin2go.