Jackie Wickham Smith

Senior Learning Designer, Quality

As a senior learning designer, my main responsibilities include working with subject matter experts and our team to design and develop online courses, ensuring our courses meet SPS quality standards, and coordinating our faculty development program. I’ve worked on the distance learning  team at SPS since 2012. Before a senior learning designer, I was the team’s operations coordinator and an instructional technologist.

Prior to working at SPS, I completed my M.S.Ed. in school counseling from Northern Illinois University, and my B.A. in psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University, where I was a member of the cross country and track teams. Currently, I live in Chicago’s Roscoe Village neighborhood with my husband, Matt, and our daughter, Allie.

Posts by: Jackie Wickham

Creating Community in the Online Classroom

On Thursday, March 15th, I attended Dr. Lisa Cravens-Brown’s TeachXperts presentation, “Creating Community in the Classroom.” Although Dr. Cravens-Brown’s presentation focused on physical spaces, I was curious if some of her ideas could also apply to online learning; and was delighted to discover that they did. Dr. Cravens-Brown began her presentation by sharing two main concepts from research on community building in education. First, a sense of belonging to a community positively impacts several variables in education: task persistence, motivation, course success, and perception of the instructor. Second, environments influence perception – the structure of the classroom sends students a


All You Need is an Oven and a Knife

A few holiday seasons ago, I received a great gift – the Pizzazz Rotating Pizza Oven! I came back to work after the holiday singing its praises and immediately began convincing all of my coworkers to purchase one.  My spirits were quickly dampened when one of my coworkers asked, “Does it do the same thing as my oven?” I stared blankly at him as he continued, “all of these different kitchen gadgets…they all do the same thing as an oven or a knife. All you need is an oven and a knife. Everything else just takes up too much room


Canvas Updates for Fall 2017

It can be difficult to stay up to date on both new and existing Canvas features! Here’s a quick rundown of some things SPS Online faculty might want to know about prior to Fall quarter. Contact Cards Canvas has recently introduced Contact Cards, which make it much easier to stay in touch with your students! From the People tab in Canvas, clicking on any student’s name now reveals a pop-up window on the right hand side of the screen with information about the student’s participation level, recently graded assignments, and a link to their course analytics. Most convenient, there is


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