Online Learning Consortium Names Angela Gunder VP of Learning

BOSTON, Mass. (Dec. 4, 2019) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of digital learning worldwide, today announced Angela Gunder has been named OLC’s new Vice President of Learning, effective January 2020.

In this role, Gunder will be responsible for gathering, curating, and leveraging the intellectual capital created by and disseminated through OLC.

“Angela brings to OLC an outstanding record of energetic leadership in digital learning and deep expertise in instructional design,” said Jennifer Mathes, Interim CEO for the Online Learning Consortium. “We are incredibly fortunate to have her joining our senior management team as we work to continue OLC’s momentum along our path to excellence and growth. I look forward to working with her as we move OLC’s digital learning agenda forward.”

 “The Online Learning Consortium has distinguished itself as a leader among the organizations that serve the digital learning community,” said Gunder. “I am honored to have the opportunity to contribute to OLC’s mission, particularly its commitment to diversity and inclusion in our field. I’m truly looking forward to working with OLC’s exceptional team, our members and the greater OLC community to advance OLC’s priorities.”

Angela Gunder, who was recently named an OLC Fellow, comes to OLC from The University of Arizona, where she served as Director of Instructional Design and Curriculum Development for the Office of Digital Learning. For OLC, Gunder will draw upon her 15-plus-years of experience as a designer for higher education and an instructional designer, as well as her expertise in usability, visual communication, programming, and standards-based online learning. Previously she headed large-scale site designs as webmaster for The City College of New York, the honors college at ASU, and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). From 2009-2017, she served as technical lead, curriculum developer, and faculty for a federally funded grant from the National Security Agency on emerging technology for critical language acquisition. Prior to her position at The University of Arizona, she was a member of NOVA’s instructional design team, supporting over 23,000 students in 550 fully online courses. 

Gunder is an Associate Editor for the Teacher Education Board of MERLOT, and the recipient of the 2018 MERLOT Distinguished Service Award, the organization’s highest honor. She is also the recipient of two OLC Effective Practice Awards for the creation of a framework for personal learning networks, and for the creation of exploratory installations of education technology, respectively. Her research interests include open educational practices, digital literacies, narrative in online course design, and emerging technology for second language acquisition. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Fine Art from Fordham University, and a M.Ed. in Education Technology from Arizona State University, and is completing her Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning and Sociocultural Studies at The University of Arizona. 

About Online Learning Consortium

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