Stay on Top of Your Game! Professional Development for the Learning Design Professional

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Brief Abstract

The Online Learning Consortium provides an array of professional development opportunities focused on instructional/learning design in the digital teaching and learning space. Instructional designers, learning designers, LX designers, and faculty developers can take advantage of both online and face-to-face programs that are designed to advance the skills and knowledge of those professionals who collaborate with faculty and support digital learning initiatives.  Come meet with Jennifer Paloma Rafferty, Director of the Institute for Professional Development, to learn about which OLC program is right for you at this stage of your professional trajectory. Jennifer will provide attendees with an overview of the Instructional Designer Certificate Program, the Advanced Instructional Designer Badge Series as well as face-to-face instructional design events taking place in 2020.


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.
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

Whether your job title is instructional designer, learning designer, learning experience designer, or faculty developer, you know how important it is to stay informed of new developments in the field of digital teaching and learning.   Staying current for your professional role is paramount, and the Online Learning Consortium offers a variety of learning opportunities that can help you stay on top of your game. Whether you are looking to learn strategies to collaborate with faculty, polish your project management skills, engage more in research, or enhance your knowledge of learning sciences and their application, the Institute for Professional Development has an offering to suit your needs.