Elizabeth Lemke

Learning Designer

I have lived in Chicago for the last eight years. During that time, I have worked in the higher education landscape in various capacities, from teaching freshman composition to writing and editing online course content and media pieces to project planning and coordination for online course components. I am excited to be working with the SPS Distance Learning team as a Learning Designer. In this role, I collaborate with faculty to design and implement engaging and meaningful learning experiences for online students.

I earned an MFA in Poetry in 2010 and upon graduation, I founded and currently co-curate a monthly, salon-style reading series that I host in my apartment. I spend much of my free time researching and connecting with amazing writers that I would normally never get the chance to meet.

Despite the wretched winters, I am a die-hard Midwesterner and will always be an advocate of the north woods and all its glory. I also love bulldogs of all kinds and hope to bring a rescue dog into my life soon. I need three cups of coffee before 8am and have recently embraced the joys of cooking (or at least the many ways to arrange different food stuffs).

Posts by: Elizabeth Lemke

Active Learning Strategies for the Online Classroom

Dr. Ray Schroeder recently gave a presentation on active learning strategies for NUIT’s Teachxpert Speaker Series. He describes active learning not as a theory, but as “a teaching method that supports learning. The method uses techniques…that promote analysis, synthesis and evaluation that guide students towards achieving learning objectives” (Active Blending for Engagement). Think about the last time you learned something. What was it? How did you learn it? The last time I learned something, I received direct instruction from a peer where I watched a process being done while it was explained, and then I went off on my own


The Many Hats of Online Education: An Interview with Leslie Fischer

In every job I have had, my job description varied depending on the day or the project or who was on my team. That holds true for being a Learning Designer as well, where I am project manager, trainer, researcher, collaborator, among other roles. Faculty developers take on additional roles in the course development process as well. Leslie Fischer is a 30 year teaching veteran at Northwestern University, teaching classes in literature, communication, research, and writing. She has embodied the role of teacher by embracing the interconnected roles of mentor, facilitator, creator, and learner. She is also a student in


Creating Effective Assessments: A Case Study

One of the hallmarks of a quality online course is alignment among learning objectives, instructional materials, and assessments to ensure critical course components work together so learners can achieve desired learning outcomes. This post illustrates how alignment drives the development and implementation of effective assessments. Assessment is the method we use to gather data about students in order to evaluate, measure, and document their learning progress, such as exams, papers, and discussions. Let’s dive deeper into alignment and creating effective assessments by examining course- and module-level learning objectives and a potential assessment strategy for one of our SPS online courses.


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