Kristina Wilson

Senior Learning Designer, Assessment

As a Senior 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. I am also a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer. Please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn or follow my 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 another private, non-profit university in Chicago. Before immersing myself in instructional design, I worked as a teaching assistant, writing fellow, and bookbinding lab monitor, as well as a rare books cataloger, archive-scanning technician, and special collections assistant.

  • 2018 – MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse – DePaul University (Anticipated)
  • 2017 – Online Teaching Certificate – Rutgers University
  • 2017 – Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design – University of Wisconsin-Stout
  • 2014 – MFA in Writing, with focus on creative nonfiction and poetry – The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • 2012 – BA in English, concentration in Children’s Literature – University of Florida

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

A Few Big Changes, Lots of Little Ones: Updates to the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric

Introduction In the summer of 2018, Quality Matters (QM) released the Sixth Edition of the Higher Education Rubric along with a Rubric Update course to help reviewers brush up on the changes. For the Distance Learning team in the School of Professional Studies, that’s a big deal. We use the QM rubric, a research-based set of standards for quality in online courses, to guide the design of new classes and help revise existing ones. At the end of each development cycle, all courses are reviewed by peer Learning Designers on our team as a way to provide feedback and ensure


What Should I Do With My Slides Now That I’m Teaching Online?

Introduction If you’ve taught face-to-face before, there’s a good chance you’ve developed slides to help give lectures in your classroom. You may even have structured your course around them: ten slide decks for ten weeks of class. There’s no shame there–keynote speakers and conference presenters use slides as an important part of their practice, and when properly designed they can make for engaging in-person presentations. Now you’re designing an online or hybrid class, and you’ve got your slides in hand. These worked great in my face-to-face class, you’re thinking. I’ll just put them online for students to read. But wait!


How (and Why!) to Write a Pre-Course Survey or Questionnaire

Introduction Have you ever wished that you knew a little more about your students, beyond what is shared in an introduction discussion? Have you ever hoped that students might take a moment to reflect on success strategies before your course begins? Would you like to be certain that students have reviewed the materials needed to get started in your class? If so, a pre-course survey or questionnaire may be just the way to get started in your online or hybrid class. Check out three different types of pre-course surveys and questionnaires, including rationale, approaches, and question types, Learning About Your


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