In 2017, Clarkson’s Office of Information Technology and Graduate School jointly founded the Teaching & Learning Corner to serve as Clarkson’s home for academic technology and graduate instructional design services. With offices in the basement of B H Snell, the TLC aims to be the hub for Clarkson faculty seeking tools and resources essential in delivering quality learning experiences in today’s dynamic environment. It is the place on campus for faculty to use to learn, test, and create high-quality educational resources.
Since students expect more, technology continues to evolve, and trends create new challenges it is vitally important faculty are supported in their professional development as educators. In creating the TLC, Clarkson furthers its commitment to advancing high quality educational experiences of our students.
What exactly do instructional designers do?
An instructional designer wears many hats: organizer, project manager, artist, communicator, problem solver, evaluator, technical guru, troubleshooter, instructor, student, trainer, lion tamer…you get the idea! It can be time consuming to explain what we do because it can differ vastly from project to project or institution to institution. We think that some of our colleagues have best explained the variety of tasks that we do on a daily basis along with the skills that we have:
What do instructional designers do? – Inside Higher Ed
Introducing the ASU Instructional Designers Infographic – Arizona State University
Instructional Design: The Foundation for Problem Solving – Instructional Design Central
Meet Our Team!
Erin Blauvelt, Graduate Instructional Design Specialist
Erin has worked in online higher education for over 13 years, and brings a wealth of knowledge in instructional design, technology, communication, multimedia design, and accessibility. She is a Clarkson Alumni, having graduated with a BS in Technical Communications and minor in Psychology in 2004 and also holds a Masters of Education in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts – Boston. She has spoken at various conferences including Blackboard World, the Quality Matters Annual Conference and the Online Learning Consortium’s Annual International Conference. Erin is an award-winning and published expert in accessible online learning design, with a specific interest in making learning successful for all students, no matter the barriers. She is also a certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer, Master Reviewer, Face-to-Face Facilitator, Online Facilitator, and Coordinator. Erin prides herself on collaborating with faculty in a friendly, practical, and empathetic manner and strives to provide creative and engaging learning solutions.
Erin resides in Erin, NY with her husband, Josh who is also a Clarkson alumni and identical twin 3-year old daughters, Kaycie and Peyton.
Loretta Driskel, Graduate Instructional Design Specialist
With over 15 years of experience as a teacher and over 10 as an instructional designer for higher education, Loretta’s passion has been creating engaging and diverse learning experiences for students and faculty. When she realized that she enjoys helping ANYONE reach their learning goals, she combined her Master’s degree in Educational Computing with her skills in higher education and experience as an entrepreneur to start Mobile Tech Mentor, one of her first clients? Union Graduate College and then Clarkson University where she is now officially a graduate instructional design specialist.
Loretta has presented at a wide variety of venues such as ADEIL, Online Learning Consortium, Sloan-C International Online Learning, Sloan-C Blending Learning, ELearning Consortium of Colorado Conference, SUNY Online Learning Summit (SOL) (DOODLE), Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference (TLT) and the Conference on Instructional Technologies on topics such as Enhance Your Online Course and Engage Your Students with Video; Add Zest to the Final Project!; Adventures in Energy Course Redesign: Can You Say Solar Photovoltaic?; Online Course Quality; Emerging Technologies for Online Learning and Opening the Gate: How You and Your Students Will Benefit from Open Educational Resources; Course Redesign Made Easy with SoftChalk; Using Macromedia Captivate to Create Online Tutorials, and Small Business Development – Online Environment & Program Level Quality and more.
She is recognized as an Open SUNY Fellow Expert Online Instructional Designer, is a member of the MERLOT Editorial Board and a MERLOT Peer Reviewer Extraordinaire. She is also a certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer and has reviewed hundreds of online and blended course using various checklists including the OSCQR.
Laura Perry, Manager of Academic Technology
Laura is a Clarkson University graduate with a Master of Science in Management Systems. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Industrial and Labor Relations and Speech Communications from SUNY Potsdam.
Following a decade in economic development, private business, and public service, Laura came back to Clarkson University as project manager of the 2010 clarkson.edu redesign project. Since then she has been coordinating Clarkson’s distance learning and online learning initiatives. She, along with her team of instructional designers, aims to foster a culture of innovation designed to create satisfying, engaging learning experiences for all Clarkson students.
Laura and husband Steve, and their children, Jacob (11) and Jordan (9), live in Parishville, NY where they enjoy snowmobiling, kayaking, camping and youth sports.