Monica D.T. Rysavy,

Ph.D., Ed.D.

👋🏻 Hi! My name is Monica Rysavy.

Welcome to my online home.

Monica D.T. Rysavy

Monica D.T. Rysavy, Ph.D., Ed.D.

 I have 20+ years of experience teaching students from first grade through college (including returning adult learners – a group I’m particularly passionate about working with).

On this website I share essays about topics I enjoy writing about, including thoughts about how to effectively teach and learn online, the latest EdTech apps, tools, and services I’m trying, and personal reflections on what it means to identify as an academic who no longer works in “The Academy”.


  • I presently serve as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Forte Labs, an 8-figure online education company whose mission is to train knowledge workers in how to use technology to radically improve their productivity. We run a popular online course called Building a Second Brain.

  • I’m currently working on an edited collection about toxic cultures in higher education.

  • I frequently present & host workshops at conferences, most recently at American Library Association’s (ALA) Mid-Winter & Annual conferences, the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)’s Annual Meeting, and The Charleston Library Conference.


  • I previously led the Department of Institutional Research & Training for Goldey-Beacom College (Delaware) as their Director & Assistant Professor. Under my leadership, the department provided faculty and staff training support by developing new training offerings (asynchronous and synchronous face-to-face and online programs) on a variety of instructional technology, survey research, and data management/interpretation topics.
  • Prior to joining Goldey-Beacom College, I worked with The Pennsylvania State University’s ITS HR team in State College on a variety of instructional design and training projects while completing my Ph.D. in Learning, Design, and Technology.
  • A former high school Business and Web Design instructor, I earned my first doctorate degree, an Ed.D. in Education Leadership, while leading professional development workshops, providing educational technology building-level support, and serving as the IT Academy Department’s Chairperson.

  • My past research agenda has focused on information literacy-related topics, with an emphasis on utilizing online training modules to increase students’ information literacy skills.