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Hello! I'm Elaine

an effective and innovative designer of learning experiences, with a proven track record of managing, mentoring, and motivating students and faculty. A flexible and resourceful problem solver obsessed with learning everything. Passionate about cultivating an environment for change and committed to transforming education.

Elaine Reeder, Ph.D.

Director of Curriculum Development



"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." 

-John Dewey

Professional Overview

Driven Educator

Instructional Designer


Over the course of my career, I have used my technical skills in both faculty and administrative positions. I have been at the forefront in the use of technology in the classroom. This included teaching faculty to upgrade their courses by developing innovative approaches to f2f and online offerings. I incorporated an IDEA lab that paired students and faculty in the development of digital course material. My online PhD program in learning technologies requires excellent time management, communication, and project management skills. I carry these qualities into my teaching philosophy and consider them critical skills for success in any endeavor.


The focus of my research is the design of online learning. My background in graphic design and my Master’s degree in educational technologies have led me to concentrate on student-centered course design and navigation. My coursework in Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas has been beneficial in my new position as an instructional designer, allowing me to incorporate the learning theory and state of the art techniques in my interaction with university faculty. The research and assignments in the program have centered on course design and student success in online learning, which puts me in a valuable position in assisting the university with its goal to become a virtual university by 2020.  In addition, I have been able to expand my job performance by contributing to faculty professional development with instructional videos that I created along with a variety of website elements, a teaching with technology blog, and self-paced courses.  These enhancements to the role of the division resulted in a letter of commendation from my supervisor and a monetary bonus.    

Graphic Designer

Motivational Leader

Scholarly Articles


Giddens J, Curry-Lourenco K, Miles E, Reeder E. Enhancing learning in an online doctoral course through a virtual community platform. J Prof Nurs. 2021 Jan-Feb;37(1):184-189. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2020.05.007. Epub 2020 May 30. PMID: 33674091.


Reeder, E., Ware, Shelby. (2019). Faculty preference when creating course in the online environment. ELearn: World Conference on ELearning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2019, pp 145-152.


Reeder, E. (2018). Student satisfaction and motivation as it relates to course design and aesthetics. National Distance Learning Week presentation for St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX.

Coleman, C., & Reeder, E. (2018). Three Reasons for Improving Cybersecurity Instruction and Practice in Schools. Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2018, 1020-1025. 

Course Structure

Music Education

Reeder, E., & Wagner, J. (2017). Faculty professional development course best practices. Accepted to USDLA 2018 conference we declined presentation.

Impact of Design

Reeder, E. (2017). Self-paced tool for faculty professional development. Research Exchange Proceedings. 13-16.

Reeder, E. (2017). Critique from a distance: A new approach. EDULearn17. 4363-4367. doi:10.21125/edulearn.2017

Information Literacy
Design Fundamentals

Wagner, J., Freedman, B., Getchell, S., Reeder, E., & Killion, J. B. (2017). Effects of computed radiography lab equipment on ARRT image acquisition and evaluation scores in two undergraduate radiologic technology programs. Radiologic Science & Education, 22(2), 33-38.

Reeder, E. (2017). A Path to Successful Online Instruction. Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2017 (1), 549-553. Retrieved from

Freedman, B., & Reeder, E. (2017). First-time music creators: A glimpse into high school students' reactions to creating music. Approved and awaiting publication in The College Music Society Journal Symposium.

Reeder, E. (2017). Learning information literacy through an adventure video game. Not submitted for publication.

Reeder, E. (2016). Digital design fundamentals preliminary design document. Not submitted for publication.

Course Design
Faculty Professional Development

Research Exchange



Hands-on Session

Poster Presentation

"Active Learning Technologies to Engage Students," Association of Collegiate Computing Service of Virginia. Portsmouth, Virginia. March 2018.

"Critique from a Distance: A New Approach," EDULearn, Virtual in Barcelona, Spain, July 2017.

"Self-paced Online Tool for Faculty Professional Development," University of North Texas College of Information 2017 Research Exchange Conference, San Antonio, Texas, June 2017.

"Using VoiceThread in Design Critique," Association of Collegiate Computing Service of Virginia. Portsmouth, Virginia, March 2017.

Wagner, J., Freedman, B., & Reeder, E. (2016, June). Effect of computed radiography lab equipment on ARRT image acquisition and evaluation scores in two undergraduate radiologic technology programs. University of North Texas College of Information 2016 Research Exchange Conference, Orlando Fl.


Course Structure

Creative Works

Reeder, E. (2017). A path to successful online instruction. The Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference. Accepted and publication forthcoming.

Technology Based Learning Environment - VoiceThread

Technology Based Learning Environment - Blackboard

HTML Website Design

Technology Based Learning Environment - Collaborate Ultra

Teaching with Technology Blog

Portfolio of Personal Pieces and Student Work

Curriculum Vitae

University of North Texas

George Washington University

Rochester Institute of Technology

Ph.D. in Learning Technologies

  • Research focus -- The Design of Online Learning

MA in Education

BFA in Graphic Design

  • Concentration -- Psychology

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
  • Communication Arts

  • Fundamentals of typography

  • Mass Communication

  • Art Direction

  • Visualization

Camden County College, Camden, NJ
Interactive Interface Design
  • User interface design

  • Developing a creative brief

  • Taught both f2f and online sections

Multimedia I
  • Introduction to multimedia

  • Basic video, animation, storyboarding

  • Taught both f2f and hybrid sections

Multimedia Design II
  • Basic instructional design

  • Introduction to learning theory

Computer Graphic Design I
  • Basic graphic design foundation skills

  • Introduction to Photoshop & Illustrator

  • Taught both f2f and online sections

Computer Graphics Design II
  • Advanced Adobe Photoshop

  • Photo-retouching techniques

  • Photomontage and collage

Digital Illustration
  • Advanced Adobe Illustrator

  • Perspective

  • Introduction to various careers in illustration (children's, medical, cartography, architectural, fine art)

Portfolio Design
  • Capstone course

  • Resume, interview, & portfolio development

  • Taught both f2f and online sections

Web Design I
  • Basic HTML

  • Introduction to Dreamweaver

  • Foundation web design skills

Internet Tools & Techniquies
  • History of the Internet, Web 2.0, social media, basic HTML

  • Internet security, web development

  • Taught both f2f and online sections

Practical Applications for Website Management
  • Business and management aspects of web design and development

  • Budgeting and contract writing

  • Taught online

2D Animation
  • History of traditional animation

  • Storyboarding

  • Squash and stretch

  • Flash

3D Animation
  • Basic animation and 3D space

  • Basic rigging and skinning

  • Rendering

  • Introduction to Maya

Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • Capstone course

  • Resume, interview, and portfolio requirements

George Washington University, Washington, DC
Teaching Assistant
Design & Development of Educational Software
  • Assisted the professor in managing discussion posts and grading


Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Director of Curriculum Development

  • Help faculty who are interested in teaching with technology

  • Offer pedagogical and technical support for faculty in teaching online or adding technology to their f2f classes

  • Created a collection of short "how-to" videos for faculty on different teaching with technology-related topics

  • Developed a weekly "teaching with technology" blog

  • Supervise a team of Instructional Designers


Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ

Assistant Professor

  • Tenured faculty member in the Computer Graphics department teaching graphic, interface, and web design classes

  • Worked as the program coordinator for four years (2010-2014), establishing an advisory board, hiring adjunct faculty and lab technicians as well as managing the departmental budget

  • Wrote the Web Design and Development curriculum including seven new courses

  • Co-authored the Game Design and Development curriculum including five new courses

  • Developed and maintained a dual credit partnership with local high schools

  • Volunteered and taught in the online pilot program. Presented best practices after the first year of teaching in the program to encourage more faculty to develop online courses

  • Developed online and hybrid course sections for the Computer Graphics program


Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ

Director of Academic Technologies

  • Managed Media Department operations

  • Supervised all distance learning initiatives

  • Responsible for budget, contracts, and licenses


Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ

Director of Instructional Design

  • Worked with faculty to create technology enhanced teaching and learning materials

  • Paired Computer Graphics students and faculty to develop interactive learning materials for the classroom as well as websites for faculty

  • Presented workshops for faculty

Winterthur Museum and Garden, Winterthru, DE

Sr. Designer

  • Designed the semi-annual sales catalogue

  • Designed planting cards that accompanied live plant sales

  • Created artwork for products based on elements from the Museum

  • Adobe: After Effects, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere

  • LMS: Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, Schoology, WebStudy

  • Microsoft: Office Suite

  • Techsmith: Camtasia, SnagIt

  • Articulate, Collaborate Ultra, Kaltura, VoiceThread

  • Association of Collegiate Computing Services of Virginia (ACCS)

  • Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT)

  • Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE)

  • Online Learning Consortium

  • IDEAx

  • OpenIDEO

  • Lea(R)n Educator Advisor Board

  • VoiceThread Certified Educator (September, 2017)

  • Blackboard Certification in Course Delivery GUI Administration (July, 2016)

  • Web Design Certificate (1998)

  • The University of Illinois, Online Instructor Certification (1995)

  • Bloomsbury University, Multimedia Technology Certification (1993)


Provost's Online Task Force Workgroup Chair

  • Organize appointed faculty, staf, and administrators

  • Charge: make recommendations for developing High Quality Online Courses as VCU

  • Write recommendations to be included in the Provost's presentation to the university

Camden County College

Online Course Developer

  • Write and create online material for faculty professional development courses

  • Write and record instructional videos for faculty professional development

  • Offer eLearning hands-on workshops

Academic Advisor

  • Advised students in the Computer Graphics program

  • Participated in bi-yearly Open House events

  • Volunteered for in-person registration advisement each semester

  • Mentored students in the "at risk" program

Department Coordinator

  • Hired and managed adjunct faculty

  • Hired and supervised lab technicians

  • Developed course schedules

  • Coats for kids, Richmond, VA (November 2018)

  • Haiti mission fundraiser, (October 2018)

  • Conference submissions reviewer for Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education 2018 Conference (November, 2017)

  • Conference submissions reviewer for the University of North Texas College of Information Research Exchange Conference (June, 2017)

  • Worked for the Caritas Shelter program in Chesterfield County, VA (May, 2017)

  • Presented "Creating Successful Learning Experiences" at the School of Social Work Brown bag series (February, 2017)

  • Participated in the Stop Hunger Now program/Rise Against Hunger (2016-2018)

  • Presented "Building Your Course Structure: How Blackboard Can Help" for the VCU Alternative Learning Center's Weekly Web Series (September, 2016)

  • Conference submissions reviewer for the University of North Texas College of Information Research Exchange Conference (June, 2016)

  • Organized and directed first BCTS Division Student Graphic Design Art Show (October, 2011)

  • Guest Speaker for NJ Ophthalmic Association Conference (1998)

  • Church cantor for over 20 years

Virginia Commonwealth University
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