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Dan Murphy

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Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy

Director of Online Learning Technologies


As an undergraduate, I majored in philosophy and communication (TV/film). My early career included stints in television production and advertising research. I also taught elementary school in Houston, Texas with the Teach For America program and, later, provided IT training and support at Loyola University Medical School.

I earned an MA in Learning Sciences from Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy in 1998. Following graduate school, I was hired by (Arthur) Andersen as a Senior Technology Consultant where I led efforts to add media and interactivity to the firm’s online employee training.

In 2002, I joined UNext, an early online higher education company.  In various roles at UNext, I developed tools and processes for the course development team, advised senior management on technology issues, and collaborated with the software development team on enhancements to the company’s proprietary LMS.

Before coming to Northwestern, I was the Manager of Learning Technology at Capital Education where I provided technology leadership and support to a course development team. 

When my schedule and the weather allow, I like to swim, cycle or cross-country ski (but I'm no athlete). I also enjoy photography, trivia (particularly Chicago history) and board games. I live in Riverside with my wife and two daughters.