Karen Bellnier – What instructional designers do

Karen has over 20 years of experience in the learning field. She led the process of creating a formal online learning program at the Community College of Rhode Island. At Johnson & Wales University, she created training faculty for online course development and delivery and worked closely with faculty developing online courses and managed a team of instructional designers and technologists. She has served as a reviewer for Blackboard's Exemplary Course Program, OLC Innovate & Accelerate conferences. She is an alum of the OLC Institute for Emerging Leaders in Online Learning and have presented at OLC's Accelerate, NEAAN, and the Distance Learning and Teaching Conference. Previous to joining higher education, Karen was a content developer for a museum exhibit design firm and the peer review manager for the American Alliance of Museums. Currently, Karen is a doctoral student in the URI-RIC Education program. Her interests are in faculty support and development, digital teaching, and equitable teaching and learning practices, particularly in digital learning environments. She holds a M.A. in Educational Technology Leadership from The George Washington University, a M.S. in Developmental Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and B.A., Psychology & Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis.