Kristina Wilson

Learning Designer

As a Learning Designer in the School of Professional Studies, I collaborate with faculty as an advocate for curricular excellence, innovation in design and technology, universal design for learning, and superior student engagement and experience. Please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn or follow my professional Twitter account for Canvas tips, industry and university news, and live conference discussion.

Prior to joining Northwestern, I worked with faculty in a broad range of disciplines—from thanatology to business ethics to art history—as an Instructional Designer at DePaul University. Before immersing myself in instructional design, I worked in libraries as a cataloger, scanning technician, and special collections assistant.

I am a Quality Matters peer reviewer, and I earned a Master of Fine Arts in Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014 as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Children’s Literature from the University of Florida in 2012.

When I’m not working, I enjoy hiking, road trips, coffee, and hunting for textual fragments of glass, pottery, and porcelain that I collect at my blog, Detritus: Poems from the Thames Foreshore.

Posts by: Kristina Wilson

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Adding Images to Your Online Course

Introduction We are always looking for ways to make our courses more engaging for students. That might mean more opportunities for students to interact with each other in small groups, developing short videos with in-video quizzing, or creating an interactive map. One way that faculty often try to make an online course more visually interesting is by adding images to slideshows, videos, and pages in the course site. But even with the best intentions, online courses can become crammed with images: clip art that adds little value, photos used without permission and in violation of copyright law, low-resolution images that


Connecting with Northwestern

As a Distance Learning faculty member, you probably don’t have an office on campus where students can pop in or a lounge where you can chat with your peers. You could be in a different time zone–or even a different country!–from Northwestern’s campuses in Evanston and Chicago. It can get lonely out there, but luckily there are lots of ways to make that distance feel shorter. Here are some tips for connecting with your students, faculty peers, the School of Professional Studies, and Northwestern as an institution. Follow us and connect with us (and your peers) on social media. Is


Reflecting on Fall 2016 Distance Learning Conferences

Introduction Last spring, I submitted a flurry of applications for Fall 2016 distance teaching and learning conferences, with the idea that maybe one of them would be accepted. Imagine my surprise when I learned that I would be juggling no fewer than 5 presentations along with Winter 2017 development! Although the Distance Learning staff regularly present and attend events like these, it’s tough to find the time to debrief the team–and faculty–after each of them. If you’re thinking of participating in a conference next fall, here is quick rundown of the strengths of each event along with descriptions of my


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