Dan Murphy

Director of Online Learning Technologies

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

Dan earned his MA in Learning Sciences from Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy in 1998. He worked as distance learning consultant for clients that included Kraft Foods and Arthur Andersen. Later, Dan was hired by Andersen as a Senior Technology Consultant where he led efforts to add media and interactivity to the firm’s online employee training.

In 2002, Dan joined UNext as an instructional designer. Through a series of promotions, he took responsibility for developing tools and processes for the course development team, advising senior management on technology issues, and collaborating with the software development team on enhancements to the company’s proprietary LMS.

Before coming to Northwestern, Dan was the Manager of Learning Technology at Capital Education where he provided technology leadership and support to a course development team. He also worked closely with the faculty of the company’s partner schools on course development and technology issues. Recently, Dan played a key role in the company’s Canvas implementation team.

When his schedule and the weather allow, Dan likes to swim, cycle or cross-country ski (but he does none of them anywhere near a competitive level). He also enjoys photography, trivia (particularly Chicago history) and board games. Dan lives in Riverside with his wife, two daughters and a dog named Coconut.