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Sara Schoen

Instructional Designer

I started working at the University of Minnesota as a Training Coordinator (aka trainer and instructional designer) for the Offices of Human Resources (OHR) in January, 2011. That fall I started my master’s program in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). I earned my Master of Arts degree in Multicultural College Teaching and Learning, with a focus on distance learning, in the summer of 2014. I then joined Academic Technology Support Services (ATSS) in July 2014.

As an instructional designer I work with faculty and staff to develop, design, and transfer course content to online environments in ways that will be most effective for student learning. I am also interested in supporting the professional development of online instructors so that they can support their online students. I've used elements of my capstone project to support faculty and staff in the development of online courses. The project was titled "Supporting Online Learning with Equity Pedagogy and Chickering and Gamson’s 7 Principles of Good Practice for Undergraduate Education."

Background

I am a former high school math teacher (and dean). Working with high school students has framed my passion for building and supporting learning opportunities for a wide variety of learners. I also worked in a corporate setting while playing on a woman’s semi-pro full-contact football team, but am glad to be back in an atmosphere focused on education.

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