Instructional Designers

Instructional Designers (IDs) at UAA and its community campuses collaborate both informally and through the Instructional Designers Alliance. The ID Alliance works to improve eLearning guidance and practice at UAA, coordinate resources and professional development offerings, advocate for recognition of faculty development and excellence in online and technology-enhanced teaching, and expand and promote our services to UAA faculty.

UAA Instructional Designers Alliance

 

UAA Instructional Designers and Instructional Technology Specialists

  • Don Bickley, PWSC

    Don Bickley

    Instructional Design and Technology Specialist, Prince William Sound College Instructional Design and Technology 
    907-834-1646 • dbickley@alaska.edu 

    Focus areas: interactive digital media development, accessibility, learning management system administration, unmanned aerial systems instruction, IT support

  • Jon Farmer, KPC

    Jon Farmer

    Educational Technology Team Lead, Instructional Designer, Kenai Peninsula College 
    907-262-0242 • jfarmer6@alaska.edu

    Focus areas: academic technology support, course design

  • Megan Gunderson, PWSC

    Megan Gunderson

    Instructional Design and Technology Specialist, Prince William Sound College Instructional Design and Technology 
    907-834-1648 • mbgunderson@alaska.edu

    Focus areas: instructional technology, curriculum development, course design, IT support

  • Micah Muer, Mat-Su College

    Micah Muer

    Associate Professor of Library Science/ Information Literacy and Instructional Technology Librarian, Mat-Su College 
    907-745-9758 • mwmuer@alaska.edu

    Focus areas: libraries, information literacy, research

  • Dr. Heather Nash, Academic Innovations & eLearning

    Dr. Heather Nash

    Associate Director, Academic Innovations & eLearning
    (Duties reassigned for AY 2021-22) 
    907-786-6520 • hmnash@alaska.edu

    Focus areas: distance education, course and program design, Quality Matters, educational grants

  • Claudia Pearson, KPC, Kachemak Bay Campus

    Claudia Pearson

    Instructional Designer, Kenai Peninsula College, Kachemak Bay Campus 
    907-235-1609 • clpearson@alaska.edu

    Focus areas: academic technologies, course design

Instructional Designers work with subject matter experts to design and develop learning experiences that prepare students to meet learning outcomes. We work closely with faculty to implement inclusive teaching practices such as Universal Design for Learning and accessibility, engage students in online and lecture courses, and choose instructional technology tools that help meet instructional goals. Instructional Designers also evaluate campus needs for technology and training resources, provide resources for continuous improvement of course quality, and help UAA keep up with emerging practices and national standards.

Instructional Designers across the University of Alaska have communicated and collaborated for many years. Although UAA, UAF, and UAS provide instructional design support through different organizational structures and processes, our goals and interests coincide. 

In 2011, UAA Instructional Designers (and others with interest and experience in instructional design) organized into the Instructional Designers Alliance. The ID Alliance has met regularly for ten years and grown in number and representation. The current ID Alliance has 20 members representing UAA and its community campuses, along with UAS instructional designers and liaisons from UAF’s faculty support team. In our monthly meetings we work together on identified goals and share teaching resources, accessibility practices, new technology/features, news from university committees we are members of, professional development opportunities, and more.

To join the Instructional Designers Alliance, please email uaa_design@alaska.edu. We welcome new members working in instructional technology and faculty support. 

Faculty Development & Instructional Support 
Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence, Academic Innovations & eLearning, and Center for Community Engaged Learning 
Library 213 • (907) 786-4496  uaa_ai@alaska.edu  Mon – Fri, 8a – 5p