Darcy Gordon

Darcy Gordon

Instructor of Blended and Online Initiatives

Darcy collaborates with faculty and her MITxBio teammates to enhance on-campus instruction through technology, and build Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for worldwide use.






Darcy Gordon earned her PhD in ecology, behavior, and evolution at Boston University. There, she gained extensive teaching experience as a teaching assistant (TA), and served as a mentor to first time TAs. She went on to serve as the program manager for Greater Boston Area Research Opportunities for Young Women (GROW), which placed high school women in STEM lab internships. These experiences with teaching and mentoring shaped her later work as a postdoc at MIT, and continue to influence her now as an instructor developing courses for MIT Biology.

As an instructor of blended and online initiatives, Darcy works within MITxBiology to improve in-person, hybrid, and online learning experiences. She blends her pedagogical and scientific expertise to foster authentic learning experiences online, by creating visual resources and assessments. She is also an active member in department- and institute-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives — because providing accessible and inclusive learning experiences is her personal and professional passion.

Key Publications

Gordon, D.G., Wiltrout, M.E. (2021). A Framework for Applying the Learning Sciences to MOOC Design. Frontiers in Education. doi: 10.3389/feduc.2020.500481



Photo credit: Raleigh McElvery