Published on October 14th, 2021 | by University Communications


Department Spotlight – Learning Design

To help create a stronger and more connected university community, Community News will showcase a monthly Department Spotlight. The goal of the spotlights is to help faculty and staff gain more awareness about the many different parts of the university and the work each team is doing to support our mission.

This month’s Department Spotlight features Learning Design, a part of the Academic Affairs Division. Here, Karen Hahn, assistant vice president of Learning Design, shares some insights on the team’s work.

How many people work in your department?
24 people make up the department.

What is your department responsible for doing?
Learning Design is responsible for the development, maintenance, and revision of online and on-ground master’s degree courses. The learning designers work with faculty to create student-centered, active and rigorous courses. The graphic artists are responsible for the visual design of the courses, and the user experience specialists are responsible for the quality control of the courses. We manage the learning management system and are responsible for the data analysis from the system.

What makes your department a great place to work?
Our employees make this a great place to work. Our teams work collaboratively and support one another. Their positive attitudes are contagious. We focus on meeting together and knowing each other personally and professionally.

What is one thing about your department that people may not know?
Online learning began at Saint Leo in 1999. Our current learning design department began in 2015.

What is a new initiative that your department is working on or will soon be addressing?
We are working with the online faculty advisory council to create a new look and feel to the online courses.


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