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 (e-teaching.org), 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).