Her involvement in the field of Education began in 1989, when she completed a Teaching Degree in Biology and Geology from the University of Minho, Portugal. For six years she taught science in Portuguese middle and high schools, and then worked as an Assistant Professor in the Curriculum and Educational Technology department at the University of Minho. After that, she came to the United States to pursue a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University, Bloomington. While completing her program requirements and dissertation, she was employed as an instructional designer at Eli Lilly, a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company. In 2005, she got a position as an Assistant Professor at Iowa State University. She started her faculty position at the Ohio State University in August 2016.