Rebecca Quintana

Learning Experience Design Lead

Role: As a Learning Experience Designer (LXD) at the Office of Academic Innovation, Rebecca uses a learner-centered approach to design to develop online learning experiences for diverse audiences of global learners. Partnering with faculty and AI staff, Rebecca 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. Rebecca leads several research projects that inform her LXD 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.

Experience: Rebecca earned her PhD at the University of Toronto (UT), with a focus on Educational Technology and Learning Sciences. As a research assistant at UT, Rebecca’s research centered on the role visual representations can play in knowledge construction, specifically within rich simulation environments in middle school science classrooms. Rebecca 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.


Doctor of Philosophy – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Master of Arts – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Bachelor of Education in Junior/Intermediate/Senior divisions – York University
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Arts Major, English Minor – York University