PhD, University of Toronto (Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning)

Master of Arts, University of Toronto (Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning)

Bachelor of Education, York University; Bachelor of Fine Arts, York University

Rebecca Quintana

Learning Experience Designer Lead

Why I choose to work at Academic Innovation:

Opportunity to design engaging learning experiences

Current Roles/Previous Experience:

Dr. Rebecca M. Quintana earned her PhD at the University of Toronto in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning. Rebecca’s doctoral research centered on the role visual representations can play in collaborative knowledge construction, specifically within a rich simulation environment in middle school science classrooms.

In her current role of Learning Experience Designer at the University of Michigan’s (U-M) Office of Academic Innovation, Dr. Quintana uses a learner-centered approach to design and develop online learning experiences for diverse audiences of global learners. Partnering with faculty across the University, Dr. Quintana facilitates design collaborations and is involved in curriculum development, assessment design, and course strategy for a wide range of courses across U-M’s portfolio of online courses.

Dr. Quintana leads several research projects that inform her work, including exploring how design representations and practices can be used to support design teams, developing approaches that allow learners to take on a more consequential role in course design and iteration, and investigating the processes and resources that are needed to support hybrid and blended instances of online courses.

Central to this work is a design approach that values both diversity and inclusiveness, which is based on the foundational principle of equitable use. Dr. Quintana’s research aims to develop processes to ensure that online courses developed by faculty and staff at the University of Michigan are designed with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind.

Dr. Quintana is a certified teacher with teaching experience spanning 20 years within a variety of K-16 contexts, including teaching core subjects at the elementary level, visual arts at the secondary level, and knowledge media design at the post-secondary level. Dr. Quintana will be the instructor for Video Games and Learning in the Winter term at U-M’s School of Education.

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