About Us

About Designers for Learning

This is the virtual collaborative design studio for a service-learning project facilitated by Designers for Learning. As of August 13, 2014, Designers for Learning is organized as a not-for-profit corporation in the State of Illinois, and operates exclusively for charitable purposes in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (tax-exempt applications in process). Our charitable purpose includes coordinating volunteer service-learning opportunities for instructional design students who seek to gain experience creating instruction and other types of performance improvement solutions for nonprofits and other social enterprises.

Board of Directors

Jason Engerman

Jason A. Engerman is currently a PhD Candidate for Learning Design and Technology at Penn State University. He currently holds a M.S. degree in 21st Century Teaching and Learning. With over 15 years of teaching experience, he most recently spent time as a secondary mathematics teacher at a local high school, as well as an Educational Technology and Instructional Systems professor at Penn State University.

His instructional experience extends beyond the academic content mentioned above, spanning several domains including, Lifeguard Instruction, CPR/AED, First Aid, Water safety, as well as over 10 years of coaching, mentoring and counseling. His leadership experiences include being an advisor of Designer for Learning, Graduate Student Assembly president of the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT), American Journal of Education student board, as well as project coordinator on multiple research teams. 

Dr. Jennifer Maddrell

Dr. Jennifer Maddrell is the founder of Designers for Learning. As an instructional design consultant, her professional projects include work with Savant Learning Systems, the National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Baruch College, and the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Jennifer is appointed adjunct Assistant Professor in the Instructional Design and Technology program in the College of Education at Old Dominion University where she completed her PhD in 2011, and served as the Assistant Editor of the Journal of Computing in Higher Education. Recent courses taught include Principles and Practices of Human Performance Technology, Computer-based Multimedia Design, Cognition and Instructional Design, Instructional Strategies for Innovation, and Consulting Skills for Instructional Designers.

Jennifer worked for over 15 years within leading global insurance companies and progressed through various underwriting and management positions after completing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance at the University of Wisconsin -Madison and a Master of Business Administration degree in Strategic Management and Marketing at the University of Illinois – Chicago. In 2007, Jennifer completed the Master of Science in Education program at Indiana University where she received her degree in Instructional Systems Technology.

Dr. Jill Stefaniak

Dr. Jill Stefaniak is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Design & Technology at Old Dominion University. Prior to joining Old Dominion University, Jill was the Director of Education Training at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. An experienced educator, Jill received her Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Windsor, Masters in Training and Development from Oakland University, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology at Wayne State University. She also holds a designation as a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance. Jill has experience leading and overseeing service-learning and community outreach initiatives in a variety of different settings.

Dr. Monica Tracey

Dr. Monica W. Tracey is an Associate Professor of Instructional Technology in the College of Education at Wayne State University. Her teaching and research focuses on theory and design-based research of interdisciplinary design including design thinking, designer reflection, designer decision-making, and professional identity development.

Dr. Tracey was recently awarded a $1.57 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Health to develop an instructional program for future radiology oncology professionals. She was a recipient of the 2012 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Presidential Award and Brown Book Award, the 2011 AECT Achievement Award, and the 2008 AECT Design and Development Award.

Dr. Tracey has worked for over 25 years in design and on numerous design projects. Her work includes designing internationally and across disciplines. Recently, she directed a large-scale cross-cultural customized instructional design and performance improvement project in Dubai, The United Arab Emirates. She has authored or co-authored over 30 publications on her research and the practice of instructional design including a book (The instructional design knowledge base: Theory, research and practice), as well as numerous book chapters and refereed journal articles.

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