Dan Murphy

Director of Online Learning Technologies

As an undergraduate, Dan majored in philosophy and communication (TV/film). His early career included stints in television production and advertising research. He also taught elementary school in Houston, Texas with the Teach For America program and provided IT training and support at Loyola University Medical School.

Dan earned his MA in Learning Sciences from Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy in 1998. He worked as distance learning consultant for clients that included Kraft Foods and Arthur Andersen. Later, Dan was hired by Andersen as a Senior Technology Consultant where he led efforts to add media and interactivity to the firm’s online employee training.

In 2002, Dan joined UNext as an instructional designer. Through a series of promotions, he took responsibility for developing tools and processes for the course development team, advising senior management on technology issues, and collaborating with the software development team on enhancements to the company’s proprietary LMS.

Before coming to Northwestern, Dan was the Manager of Learning Technology at Capital Education where he provided technology leadership and support to a course development team. He also worked closely with the faculty of the company’s partner schools on course development and technology issues. Recently, Dan played a key role in the company’s Canvas implementation team.

When his schedule and the weather allow, Dan likes to swim, cycle or cross-country ski (but he does none of them anywhere near a competitive level). He also enjoys photography, trivia (particularly Chicago history) and board games. Dan lives in Riverside with his wife, two daughters and a dog named Coconut.

Posts by: Daniel Murphy

Group Projects II: October Online Learning Webinar

For the October webinar, two members of the faculty in the Global Health Program presented group projects they designed and implemented. The solutions they developed, challenges they faced, and the lessons they learned are applicable to a wide variety of subjects. These experiences will be of interest to all faculty who want to develop effective and engaging group projects in their own courses. Dr. Kristin Darin provided an overview of her group project from MSGH 456: Access to Health and Medicines. She discussed the project design and highlighted successes and challenges to its implementation. Dr. Darin also explained how the project was recently modified

Common Course Design Questions: See What Your Peers Think

On June 26, thirteen SPS faculty members who will be designing courses for Winter 2018 began the Course Design Workshop, a two-week workshop about creating online learning environments, using the Quality Matters Standards, and designing an accessible course.  Throughout the workshop, nearly all of the workshop participants enthusiastically engaged in discussions of effective online course design and instruction. The participants brought their many and varied experiences as educators to the discussions. The following is a summary of the major themes and insights and questions that emerged. How do you help students understand the main ideas in your course? Organizing content