Ludmila Layne

Ludmila Layne is retired from Simon Rodriguez Experimental University, Venezuela, as an Associate Professor. She has over 28 years of experience teaching, developing curriculum, and training students and faculty in instructional technologies in the United States, Mexico, Venezuela and Afghanistan, and more than 10 years participating in research and evaluation in instructional technologies and distance education in culturally diverse environments. Her research interests are on the application of constructivism and social-constructivism theories to design collaborative problem-based learning in online wisdom communities. For the past 15 years she has been exploring the effect of online collaboration using concept maps as a strategy to support the instructional process and solve problems in learning environments. Findings have been disseminated and published through book chapters, peer review publications and national/international conferences. Currently, Ludmila is Managing Director of Armone Solutions and works as a senior monitoring and evaluation specialist in projects related with building and evaluating community of practice, networking and other forms of collaboration and partnership analysis in online settings. She is fully bi-lingual in Spanish and English. Ludmila earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technology from the University of New Mexico, USA, in 2005, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Central University of Venezuela in 2006. She also holds an M.S. in Instructional System Design and Evaluation from Syracuse University, USA.