Speed Networking Lounge - Instructional Designer Meetup

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Stop by during the break between sessions for special treats (including some that can only be claimed with a colleague from another institution). Bring your Lounge Pass and complete the activities listed to win sweet prizes. Because how often do you have the chance to network with amazing people AND win awesome things?

Our Instructional Designer Meetup is all about finding the familiar connections around us and leveraging them to create innovative approaches, practices and solutions. We’ll connect over shared work and maybe play Disruptus, an award-winning game on disruptive thinking, over treats.


Sarah is an Instructional Designer at the University of Oklahoma. As an Instructional Designer, Sarah consults with faculty on course design and content development. She believes interactive learning experiences facilitate personal, professional and academic growth. After graduating from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale with a M.S.Ed. in Educational Psychology, Sarah worked as a therapist at private and public educational institutions. Early in her career as a therapist, Sarah realized her true passion was in positively impacting others through their educational experiences. In 2017, Sarah joined the Office of Digital Learning and is excited to facilitate growth and development in others by having a creative role in their educational experiences.
Angela Gunder serves as Director of Instructional Design and Curriculum Development for the Office of Digital Learning at The University of Arizona. Angela came into instructional design rather circuitously, helming large-scale site designs as webmaster for The City College of New York, the honors college at ASU, and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA).  Her over fifteen year career as a designer for higher education informs her instructional design practice, where she leverages her expertise in usability, visual communication, programming, and standards-based online learning. Angela holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Fine Art from Fordham University, and a M.Ed. in Education Technology from Arizona State University.  Prior to her position at UA, she was a member of NOVA’s instructional design team, supporting over 23,000 students in 550 unique courses.   Angela is an Associate Editor for the Teacher Education Board of MERLOT, and a Quality Matters certified peer reviewer and online facilitator.  Her research interests include technology for second language acquisition, open educational resources, and emerging technology to promote digital literacy. A voracious culinary nerd, Angela spends her free time composing, cooking and photographing original recipes for her food blog.
Dr. Jessica Knott is Assistant Vice President of Community Strategy, Experience, and Management. In this role, Jessica manages outreach activities and strategies, including environmental scanning, experience design, communications and planning, based on a deep understanding of our community and member interests. Prior to the OLC, Jessica led a team that supported faculty and academic staff in creating quality, caring and exemplary digital experiences at Michigan State University.

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