Quinnipiac University

Erardi honored for enabling students to become creators of knowledge

October 13, 2018

Lauren Erardi Headshot

Since arriving at Quinnipiac as an instructional designer in 2005, Lauren Erardi has helped faculty integrate cutting-edge technology into their courses, improving every facet of the teaching and learning process.

Her efforts have given students the opportunity to engage in interactive and collaborative experiences and to use their knowledge in innovative ways.

“I help students be creators of knowledge rather than just consumers of it,” Erardi said.

For ensuring that technology is never a barrier, but rather, a tool that creates opportunities for Quinnipiac’s students, Erardi will receive a Center for Excellence in Service to Students Award on Oct. 18.

“In the past, winners have been incredibly impressive people, so I’m thankful for this honor,” she said. “It has been a validating and rewarding experience.”

As director of academic technology, a position she has held since 2011, Erardi has played a central role in deploying much of the university’s core academic technology, including digital whiteboards and interactive projectors. In 2018, she received a Quinnipiac Innovation grant to create a "One Button Studio,” an intuitive technology for students to record video segments and presentations.

“Lauren is arguably the best communicator of technology at Quinnipiac,” said Fred Tarca, vice president — chief information & technology officer at Quinnipiac. “She is the voice and face of our technologies to new faculty every summer, student groups upon request and to executive and administrative groups as well.”

Erardi’s experience and curiosity have enabled her to act as a technology ambassador on Quinnipiac’s behalf. She has presented at many conferences and her scholarship has been published in several professional journals.

“My favorite part of my job is the challenge of being in a field that is ever-changing,” Erardi said. “You never know what tomorrow will bring.”

Erardi helps ensure that a Quinnipiac education is relevant to current markets and future trends in technology. She and her team work together to make sure that students are fully equipped to make a difference in the world.

“Ultimately, we teach them how to adapt, and prepare them for jobs that don’t exist yet,” Erardi said. “We are, in a small way, helping shape the future through our students.”

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