Pilar Abuin is the Director of Educational Technology in the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning at Yale University, together supporting the use of various technologies for academics including Canvas and CoursePress. She holds a BA from Columbia College, Columbia University where she studied Computer Science and Art History, and an MA in Instructional Technology & Media from Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Pilar has been at Yale since January 2014, and has been part of Poorvu Center initiatives such as the Turnitin Pilot in Canvas, Faculty Bulldog Days and the successful Canvas pilot in Fall 2015 to replace Classes*v2 as our enterprise Learning Management System at Yale. In November 2018, Pilar and the rest of the Canvas Transition Team recieved the Linda K. Lorimer Award for Distinguished Service in recognition for their efforts in moving the community to Canvas in 2017. She has over 15 years experience supporting the use of technology both in and outside of the classroom, initially for five years with the Art History Department at Columbia University, where she participated in projects such as Mapping Gothic France, and more recently as part of Central ITS at New York University, where she managed the Learning Management System (LMS) Service Team while they transitioned from Blackboard to Sakai over a two year period.
Pilar believes that technology can be used to discover new and interesting ways to enhance both teaching and learning, sometimes in the most simple and unexpected ways, and she is excited be closer to faculty and students during their academic experience by being part of the Poorvu Center.