Education:
  • 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:

“I choose to work at the Center for Academic Innovation because of the opportunity I have to work with a terrific team of learning experience designers. We collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to design engaging learning experiences that are informed by research based pedagogies.”

Current Roles/Previous Experience:

In her role of Learning Experience Design Lead at the University of Michigan’s (U-M) Center of Academic Innovation, 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, Quintana is involved in curriculum development, assessment design, and course strategy for a wide range of courses across U-M’s online portfolio. Central to this work is a commitment to design approaches that value both diversity and inclusiveness, which is based on the foundational principle of equitable use. Quintana is committed to developing and implementing processes to ensure that online courses developed by faculty and staff at U-M are designed with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind. Quintana leads several research projects that inform her work, including exploring how design representations and practices can 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. Her 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. At U-M, Quintana has extended this work through the study of how technology-mediated role-based simulations can support multifaceted activity that involves focused discussion and communication among participants adopting different roles as they use and exchange multiple resources and information to explore sociopolitical issues within an experiential learning context.

Quintana is an active presenter at several major research conferences and has published extensively in venues such as the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), the Computer-supported Collaborative Learning conference (CSCL), and the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). Quintana’s research has been published in outlets such as Instructional Science, Online Teaching and Learning Journal, and the European Review of Online and Distributed Learning. In 2018, Quintana’s research was recognized by the American Educational Research Association for Best Paper by the Online Teaching and Learning SIG.

Quintana is an Intermittent Lecturer at the School of Education where she teaches courses such as Video Games and Learning, Principles of Software Design for Learning, and Learning Experience Design. Quintana provides leadership for the Learning Experience Design Certificate Program, a joint collaboration between the School of Education and the Center for Academic Innovation, where she oversees students who are engaged in a two-semester residency program. Quintana is also a faculty member with the Digital Studies Institute and a member of the Diversity Scholars network with the National Center for Institutional Diversity.

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 and visual arts at the secondary level. Quintana received her BFA and BEd from York University in Toronto and her MA and PhD in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Ask me to learn about:
    • Computer Supported Collaborative Learning
    • Learning Communities
    • Teaching with Technology
    • Simulation Design
    • Board Games
Publications:

Selected Publications and Presentations

    • Quintana, R. M., & Tan, Y. (2019). Characterizing MOOC Pedagogies: Exploring Tools and Methods for Learning Designers and Researchers. Online Learning. 23(4), 62-84.
    • Quintana, R. M., & Tan, Y. (2019). MOOC Replication Across Platforms: Considerations for Design Team Decision-Making and Process. European Review of Online and Distributed Learning.
    • Quintana, R. M. & Tan, Y. (2019, April). Characterizing MOOC Pedagogies: Exploring New Tools and Methods for Learning Designers and Researchers. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). April 5-8. Toronto, Ontario.
    • Quintana, R. M., Brooks, C., Smothers, C., & Tan, Y. (2019, April). Engaging MOOC Learners in the Creation of Data Science Problems. Presented in the “Innovating MOOC Pedagogies” structured poster session at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). April 5-8. Toronto, Ontario.
    • Quintana, R. M., Brooks, C., Smothers, C., Tan, Y., Yao, Z., & Kulkarni, C. (2018, June). Mentor Academy: Engaging Learners in the Creation of Data Science Problems for MOOCs. In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS). (pp. 1415-1416). June 24-27. London, England.
    • Quintana, R. M., Tan, Y., & Korf, N. (2018, April). Visualizing course structure: Using course composition diagrams to reflect on design. Paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). April 13-17. New York, New York. (best paper, Online Teaching and Learning SIG)
    • Quintana, R. M., Tan, Y., Gabriele, K., & Korf, N. (2018, April). “It’s Just that Visceral”: Eliciting Design Insight Using Beaded Representations of Online Course Structure. In Proceedings of the 36th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: CHI 2018 Extended Abstracts (CHI). (LBW576, 6 pages). April 21-26. Montréal, Québec.
    • Quintana, R. M., Haley, R., Levick, A., Holman, C., Hayward, B., & Wojan, M. (2017, May). The Persona Party: Using personas to design for learning at scale. In Proceedings of the 35th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: CHI 2017 Extended Abstracts (CHI). (pp. 933-941). May 6-11. Denver, Colorado.
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