The mission of the Learning Design Group is to enable faculty and instructors in maximizing student learning by providing superior instructional design support using current ed-tech practices and leading-edge applications.
Maximize Student Learning
The LDG team works with instructors to help them create quality courses with a focus on the student experience.
Instructional Design Support
The course design process uses the Quality Matter standards as a starting point and then goes beyond by incorporating instructor presence and active participation.
Current Ed-Tech Practices
The Instructional Designers of the LDG team stay current on ed-tech trends and best practices and work with instructors to incorporate those practices into the online and hybrid courses.
Technology changes rapidly and the LDG team encourages instructors to incorporate leading-edge applications in their courses, when those applications enhance the learning experience.
LDG Instructional Design Team
Manager LDG Instructional Design Team
Instructional Designer, native Coloradan, aspiring photographer, and learning/tech geek, I have over 13 years of experience working in Higher Education Technology and experience in the education and training fields. I enjoy spending time outside gardening, taking photographs and traveling to interesting often overlooked places with my husband and our rescue dogs.
Senior Instructional Designer
I was born and raised in the Czech Republic, and after finishing my Engineering degree from the Czech Technical University in Prague, I moved to the States and began my career in Higher Education. For over 15 years, I have worked for large state universities, a community college and a private college. When working with faculty I always advise them to write a robust syllabus that describes their classes in detail and establishes clear expectations between the instructor and the students. In my free time, I like to bike, hike, and spend time with my wife and three active boys.
Senior Instructional Designer
I am an Instructional Designer with fifteen years' experience in higher education collaborating with subject matter experts and faculty to design and implement innovative online, hybrid and face-2-face courses. I am also an experienced problem solver of technical issues for all levels of students, faculty, and staff. I am a foodie, so I like to discover new restaurants and cuisines in my free time.
I was born and raised in Colombia, where you can have the best coffee by the Caribbean Sea. I moved here back in 2011 and I’ve lived in Colorado since then with my husband and our two active boys. My background comes from being an Instructional Designer and Web Accessibility Specialist with a degree in Computer Systems Engineering, and a Graduate Certificate on Information Accessibility Design and Policy. I enjoy working with different people from different backgrounds, learning and teaching styles. My goal is to help faculty develop a rich curriculum for their courses, as robust as face-to-face courses, with emphasis on student success and professional growth.
I started my work in Instructional Design in Denver, CO in 2009 and have since worked at a variety of higher education institutions in Oregon, Massachusetts, and Maine before returning to Colorado in 2019. I enjoy the collaborative aspect of this work: sharing ideas with faculty and constantly assessing what makes online education engaging and a quality experience for students. My interests in curriculum development lay in using narrative teaching as a means of conveying information.
I share life with my son, my cat Sparrow, and am happy to be back amongst family, friends, and sunshine in Colorado, after romping around the Pacific Northwest and New England for a few years. I am also a cellist, archer, and love rowing.
I joined the Learning Design Group in November of 2021. Previously, I worked as a Learning Experience Designer, Academic Technology Consultant and Support Analyst within the Office of Information Technology at the University of Colorado Boulder, IT Manager at the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, and Technical Training Coordinator and Adjunct faculty at St. Cloud State University. Prior to higher education and nonprofit work, I was a social studies and special education teacher in public schools for eight years and swim coach for fourteen years.
I have a Master of Science in Information Media with a concentration on instructional design and training. I have a Bachelor of Science in Education with areas of licensure in social studies and special education. I hold graduate certificates in e-Learning and LEAN Facilitation. I have completed additional certifications in ProSci change management, Quality Matters (QM), and implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Higher Education.