Jeanne Kerl

Learning Designer

Jeanne Kerl is an instructional designer who works with Northwestern faculty & staff on their online courses. She is part of the Faculty Support Service’s Educational Technology Teaching Fellows program here at Northwestern. This program pairs instructional designers with faculty or staff members who then collaborate on a teaching innovation project. Jeanne has a B.S. in Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University and a Ph.D. from Indiana University in British history. She has taught college-level history courses and designed workshops. She is particularly interested in how group and collaborative work can help students learn more effectively.

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Register for TEACHx 2019!

It’s time for TEACHx 2019—Northwestern’s symposium celebrating teaching, learning and technology. This year the TEACHx theme is student-centered learning. Come learn with your peers as they share their experiences with changing up their teaching. The day bring together instructors, students, learning designers, and technology specialists to make connections and begin collaborations. Register now and learn more about this special day. SPS staff and teachers will be presenting, so please join us!


Submit a Proposal to TEACHx 2019!

Have you experimented with a new approach in one of your SPS courses in the last year?  Would you like to share what you’ve learned with others? TEACHx, Northwestern’s annual symposium that brings together instructors, students, learning designers, and technology specialists to make connections, begin collaborations, and learn from their peers, is returning to the Norris University Center in Evanston on May 22-23, 2019. Whether you want to give a poster, an interactive session or be part of a panel—join in on the celebration of teaching and learning.  This year we are excited to announce that TEACHx is expanding to include a half-day pre-conference. Attend


Building Up to Big Assignments and Complex Tasks: Making the Case for Assignment Scaffolding

Introduction Do some topics or skills seem too large to approach in your course? Are your students struggling with time management? Do you want to provide students with thorough, meaningful feedback but find it difficult to keep up with all the grading? Do you want your students to learn more effectively? Assignment scaffolding could be the answer. Source: Pixabay What is assignment scaffolding and why is it important? Simply put, assignment scaffolding helps break down large ideas or tasks into smaller steps that build on each other. Consider the analogy at the root of the term. Scaffolding, like the multi-level,


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