Cathy Cavanaugh

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Cathy Cavanaugh, PhD

Director of Teaching and Learning

Worldwide Public Sector – Education Microsoft Corporation, USA

Dr. Cathy Cavanaugh is Director of Teaching and Learning in Worldwide Education at Microsoft Corporation, working with education leaders and organizations around the world to accelerate learning and teaching by transforming education with cloud and mobile technology.


Cathy’s previous roles include academic leadership in higher education in the Middle East during a national mobile learning program, and work as a professor of educational technology in US universities. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar advancing e-learning in Nepal. She has developed successful and innovative online degree and professional development programs, and blended learning programs for K-12 students. She also directed professional development centers in the US, and was a classroom teacher in the US and Caribbean.

Cathy’s research and her 150 published books, chapters, articles, and papers focus on technology-empowered teaching and learning in virtual schools, online and blended learning, teacher development, mobile learning, and integration of devices into schools. Her work has been recognized for its impact with international awards. Cathy is a frequent speaker at education events on these topics. She has consulted on educational technology with national and state governments, universities, schools, and organizations. She serves as associate editor of the Journal on Online Learning Research. Her education includes a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, a Master of Education, and a Bachelor of Education.