Ling designs and manages research studies in the Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) with partners in India. Prior to MIT, she was a graduate researcher with the Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP) and studied the development of teacher expertise in academic discussions that promoted deep understanding in science and history. She also assessed medical simulation programs at Boston Children’s Hospital focusing on debriefing of medical errors. But for many years, Ling was a Boston Public Schools classroom teacher – at her core, she identifies herself as an educator. She holds a doctorate in Human Development and Education and a masters in Technology, Innovation, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Ling grew up playing with spinning koma tops in Japan. She gains inspiration from tinkering with patterns that emerge from moving wooden toys.