Focus the Spotlight on You with the OLC Institute for Professional Development

Concurrent Session 8

Brief Abstract

Learn how OLC Institute for Professional Development options available in 2018 will continue developing your skills and knowledge to stay current as online education trends evolve.

Presenters

Jennifer Paloma Rafferty ( Pronouns: she, her, hers) provides leadership in researching, scoping, managing, and evaluating a full range of professional development solutions for multiple audiences within the OLC Institute for Professional Development. She has worked since 1999 supporting online learning initiatives in higher education and in the adult basic education system. Jennifer assumed this role at OLC after working for over seven years as an instructional designer at Quinnipiac University Online in Hamden, Connecticut. During her time at Quinnipiac University, Jennifer was also responsible for spearheading the development of the first online Spanish course at the University. She continues to teach this specialized curriculum for the School of Nursing and presents both nationally and internationally on the topic of online foreign language instruction. Prior to working in higher education, Jennifer was the project manager for the Massachusetts Adult Basic Education Distance Learning Project. In this role, she collaborated with the Massachusetts Department of Education and Project IDEAL to research and identify best practices for distance learning programs serving adult GED and ESL students. Jennifer holds a Masters of Education in Instructional Design from UMASS Boston, a Masters of Arts in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an undergraduate degree in Romance Languages from Mount Holyoke College.
Kaitlin Garrett is an instructional designer at the Online Learning Consortium within the Institute for Professional Development. Her primary responsibilities include designing and developing the self-paced workshop curriculum, updating and facilitating the accessibility-related online workshops, and supporting the Advanced Online Teaching Certificate program. She has developed a passion for web accessibility and universal design and has led multiple pre-conference workshops on the WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines), with a focus on the importance of designing for accessible and inclusive learning environments. Prior to joining OLC, Kaitlin was a module coordinator at the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine. She assisted first-year module directors and faculty teams with the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of instructional materials used in both synchronous and asynchronous environments. Kaitlin holds a MA in Educational Leadership (Higher Education/Student Personnel), a graduate certificate in Instructional Design and Technology (e-Learning), and a BS in Psychology from the University of Central Florida.
Elisabeth Stucklen has worked in online higher education and instructional design for over 17 years. She currently works as an Instructional Designer in OLC's Institute for Professional Development, primarily managing the Instructional Designer Certificate Program and related instructional designer workshops, and provides support to the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) Program. Prior to joining OLC, she worked as the Senior Instructional Designer at Mount Washington College in Manchester, NH, where she was responsible for creating new online courses, providing training and support for faculty, and assisting the director in monitoring the course development process. Before MWC, she worked at Lesley University providing professional development and course design assistance to faculty. In addition to her role with the OLC, Elisabeth also teaches online for Brandeis University in their Masters in Learning Experience Design program and is a mentor in the Educause ID2ID cross-mentoring program for instructional designers. Elisabeth holds a Masters of Science in Instructional Design and Technology from Emporia State University and a Bachelors of Science in Visual Communication Technology from Lesley University.

Extended Abstract

Take your practice and expertise to the next level. When you make the choice to partner with something or someone, you can only get better. Let 2018 be the year you increase your marketability and performance in conjunction with professional development offerings at the OLC Institute for Professional Development. During this informal presentation, attendees will discover the opportunities for continued excellence in teaching and learning through the OLC Institute, including...

OLC Certificate Programs are designed to advance your online teaching and instructional design skills. For ten years, the OLC Institute for Professional Development has offered educators both traditional and advanced certificates for Online Teaching. We also offer an Instructional Designer Certificate program for experienced online instructional designers, librarians, and multimedia specialists.

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