Designing an Exemplary Learning Experience

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In this webinar, the Center for Professional Learning (CPL) at the Online Learning Consortium will share their process for designing an exemplary online learning experience and showcase their course template for online, asynchronous workshops. As part of their recent transition to Canvas, the CPL redesigned the look-and-feel of their workshops using DesignPLUS (a product of Cidi Labs, who is a partner of OLC). In addition, the CPL team will highlight their current work to enhance engagement in their workshops. 

You do not need to be using Canvas or DesignPLUS to benefit from this webinar. It is intended for anyone who teaches, designs, and supports online courses in any digital learning environment. This is an opportunity to learn about and discuss ways to make your courses or professional learning workshops truly exemplary!

Intended audience: 

Instructional Designers, Faculty Development, Faculty Course Designers

Key takeaways:

Strategies and tactics for designing an exemplary and engaging learning experience

Speaker Bio


Josh Herron, Ph.D.
Director of Professional Learning – Online Learning Consortium

As Director of Professional Learning, Josh guides the strategy and operations of OLC’s Center for Professional Learning. He has over twelve years of higher education leadership and instructional experience. He has also published and presented widely on higher education practices, pedagogical research, and interdisciplinary scholarship. Josh holds a Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design from Clemson University and an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Elisabeth Stucklen
Instructional Designer – Online Learning Consortium

Elisabeth Stucklen is an instructional designer in the Online Learning Consortium’s Center for Professional Learning, where she provides course design/production and facilitation support for the Instructional Designer and Advanced Instructional Designer Certificate Programs, the 4-week workshops program, and serves as the instructional designer in the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) program. She has worked in online higher education and instructional design for over 19 years. Prior to joining OLC, she worked as the senior instructional designer at Mount Washington College (MWC). Elisabeth holds a Masters of Science in Instructional Design and Technology from Emporia State University and a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication Technology from Lesley University and is a graduate of the 2020 cohort for the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL).

Kaitlin Garrett
Instructional Designer – Online Learning Consortium

Kaitlin Garrett is an instructional designer in the Online Learning Consortium’s Center for Professional Learning where she supports the design, development, and facilitation of OLC’s suite of accessibility-related workshops, the self-paced workshop curriculum, as well as manages OLC’s webinar program. With a strong passion for and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, Kaitlin seeks to create learning experiences and opportunities that are inclusive for a wide range of learners. Prior to joining OLC, Kaitlin was a module coordinator at the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine. 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.

Cindy Schanke
Instructional Designer – Online Learning Consortium

Cindy Schanke is an instructional designer at the OLC where she provides instructional design, course development, and educational technology expertise within the OLC Institute for Professional Development. In 2000, she got her start in the eLearning field for government and industry, and in 2013 she began working as an instructional designer in higher education. She joined OLC in 2021 after serving Elizabethtown College as the Assistant Director of Online Learning. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Lock Haven University.

Kenneth Larsen
Chief Instructional Designer – Cidi Labs

Kenneth is the genius behind DesignPLUS, which he invented when he worked as a programmer/analyst with Utah State University’s (USU) Center for Innovative Design and Instruction (CIDI). Kenneth blends a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from USU with 15 years of web development experience to empower teachers and designers to push the boundaries of online course development.