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Carolyn O

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Last Login 9/30/2016
Location Columbus, OH
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Carolyn O's professional experience includes playing in a professional orchestra, running a battered women's shelter, doing desk top publishing (beginning in 1987), writing grants, editing, teaching at the college level, being a technology coordinator, being a math educator, writing curriculum, teaching music lessons, and creating effective programs for people of all ages. Her wide range of experience demonstrates her ability to learn quickly and to help others learn, as well.
Writing, research, technology, semiotics, math education, literacy education, music education
Music, teaching, writing, technology, Christianity
Ohio State University Jan 1990 – Aug 1997
Semiotics and Modernism, Ph.D.

This degree was part of the Comparative Studies program in which students were able to select a unique focus and delineate the classes they would take in order to study that area. Semiotics is the study of how things such as language, music, and the visual arts create meaning and communication between human beings. There is no one department with courses in semiotics; courses were selected in Comparative Studies, Philosophy, Music Theory, Art History, and English Literature.

Ohio State University Sep 1984 – Jun 1987
Counseling, Master of Arts

The coursework in this degree focused on human psychology and the ability to establish a therapeutic relationship with people who need help.

University of Kentucky Aug 1977 – May 1982
Music Education, Bachelor of Music Education

Coursework for this degree included Music History, Music Theory (how music works), multiple ensembles, courses on pedagogy (how to teach), and individualized lessons on violin, piano, viola, cello, and bass.

Projects by Industry

Carolyn O's writing about education includes published research about teaching, writing information and how-to articles for teachers and pre-service teachers, writing to help students learn in online and hybrid courses, writing as a means of making a wide range of information available to students (on a wiki), making analyses of teaching and learning, and analyzing research. She specializes in taking complex topics and making them understandable to non-specialists. She has also done desk top publishing for an educational journal, copy editing, and developmental editing (helping authors conceptualize their books and organizing their writing into logical chapters).


As an educator, Carolyn O is a technology evangelist, finding technological resources and writing about them, writing about how to implement technology in the classroom, and helping people who are new to or fearful of technology to become competent and enthusiastic technology users. Much of her work has been published on various wikis for her students and university colleagues to use. Carolyn is a Prezi Educator; she submitted a Prezi to the creators of that web app and was one of 60 selected out of a group of 500+ applicants.

Non Profit

During the 1980's, Carolyn O became an advocate for battered women, working at two different shelters and in a state-wide organization. Her writing in this area, at that time, consisted of grant applications, newsletter articles at both local and state-wide levels, information on domestic violence for community members, and reports on state-based visits concerning statewide standards to battered women's shelters all over Ohio. She has been employed exclusively by non-profit organizations since the 1980s.

Projects by Asset Type

Grant writing has been a part of several jobs Carolyn O has held. She has written grants to support new projects in a non-profit agency (a battered women's shelter) and at the statewide level to create projects in an agency devoted to statewide advocacy for battered women. Writing grants has also been a part of her job at the university. There, she has written grants to support research in mathematics education and the development of technology education.

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Research Writer

Carolyn O's research writing has been published in a wide range of academic publications in the fields of social work, psychology, literacy, music education, and mathematics education. Additionally, she has written many grants and grant reports, projects that involve incorporating the research of others, as well as her own original research. She is well-versed in authoritative writing, data collection and analysis, and many forms of academic writing.


Carolyn O has assisted a lawyer through writing briefs pertaining to an ongoing court case.

Technical Writer

Carolyn O is able to analyze complex tasks and put them into words so that others can learn them. She has written about technology and various facets of playing the violin, among other technical writing.

Projects by Writing Style

Carolyn O's published academic work includes scholarship in the areas of social work, psychology, literary criticism, music education, literacy education, and mathematics education. Academic scholarship is not paid, but several articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals.

In addition to academic work, she has written "how to" articles across a wide range of topics, including technology, music education, educational psychology applications, semiotics, standardized testing, and writing.


Carolyn O's conversational work includes the ability to put complex topics into understandable words so that everyone has access to them. She has written many how-to articles on teaching, writing, fiddle playing, technology, literature, art, history, educational assessment, and psychology.


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