The Open Education Professional Directory

Stefanie Panke, Instructional Analyst


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Native/near native level proficiency
English German
Conversational level proficiency

Areas of expertise

Open Education - General
Research in open education
Assessment and accreditation of learning through open education
Instructional strategies for embedding open educational practices in higher education teaching and learning
Open Educational Resources
Authoring OER
Using/remixing OER for face to face education
Instructional design using OER
Peer review of OER
Faculty adoption of OER
OER and lifelong learning
Open Access
Open Access policy development
Open Access project management
Open Access publishing
Peer review in open access journals
Implementation of open access practices
MOOC instructional design
Geographic regions of professional expertise
North America


Personal statement

As the lead instructional designer at UNC School of Government, I provide instructional design consultation and guidance for faculty and teaching professionals as well as project management for instructional technology initiatives.

I am native German and the past years have been marked by several transatlantic trajectories. Prior to my current position at UNC, I served as Director of E-Learning at Ulm University, Germany. In 2010-2011, I joined the Institute of Psychology and Education at Ulm University, where I implemented university-wide e-learning projects, consulted with faculty, and taught courses on instructional design, computer mediated communication and webnography. In 2009, I received my PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Bielefeld with a thesis on the information design of educational websites. From 2008 to 2010 I lived in Austin, TX, where I worked as a freelance e-learning consultant and conducted research on instructional design projects at St. Edward’s University. From 2003 to 2008 I worked with the academic staff of the Knowledge Media Research Center in Tuebingen, Germany, an interdisciplinary institute for research on educational technology. During this time, my team developed an award-winning portal on e-learning in higher education (, and I lectured media psychology courses at Neu-Ulm University.

I am passionate about applied research in the field of educational technology and serve as a member of several conference program committees (ED-MEDIA, E-LEARN, SITE, ISSOTL), as a reviewer for e-journals (MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, Digital Humanities Quarterly) and as editor for social software at the Educational Technology and Change Journal (ETC).

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