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Learning Design Team

The Learning Design team 

  • Collaborates with faculty to create engaging learning experiences that are grounded in theory, research, and practice
  • Offers development opportunities that advance faculty teaching and reflects a student-ready university
  • Provides faculty with pedagogical support on applying the most effective teaching methods and technical support on using technology to enhance student learning
  • Builds collaborative relationships with academic leadership, colleges and programs, and other university teams with particular emphasis on pedagogy, data and analytics, and course design quality
  • Contributes thought leadership in design innovation to increase student achievement, engagement, and satisfaction

Anthony Boen, M.Ed.
Learning Designer

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Anthony is an Instructional Designer and academic technology advocate with several years of experience supporting design, development, and implementation of college curriculum. Anthony is highly adaptable and skilled in information architecture, project management, communication, graphic design, and customer service. His current academic interests reside in topics relating to the evolving demands of higher education stakeholders and the ongoing reformation of the United States higher education landscape.

Anthony earned his M.Ed. in learning technologies at National Louis University, and is currently working on his Ed.D. in higher educational leadership at National Louis University. He also completed the "Applying the Quality Matters Rubric" workshop.

Renee Judd, Ph.D.
Learning Designer and D2L LMS Administrator

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Renée Judd is NLU's Learning Systems Administrator. She also does instructional design work as a member of the Learning Design team. Renée has been involved in online and blended learning at NLU from the early days, teaching and serving in faculty leadership positions before transitioning to her present role in LITS.
Renée's instructional design goal is to support subject matter experts in actualizing the unique course that each one dreams of sharing with students. This support often includes recommending technology choices that fit specific teaching and learning needs of the course as well as ensuring that the course fits into a broader programmatic framework. Renée also brings Web design skills and multimedia tools to the course design process. Accessible and responsive design practices are baked into her projects. Renée is a certified Quality Matters reviewer.
Before coming to NLU, Renée worked in industry as a scientific programmer. She later designed game-based educational software at Northwestern University's SESP. She received her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Chicago and her Certificate in Distance Education from the University of Wisconsin's School of Continuing Studies.

Ying Liu, Ph.D.
Learning Designer

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Ying’s areas of interest are designing learning environments based on adult learning theory, fostering self-regulated learning in online classrooms, and enhancing student motivation through the design of learning activities and environments.

Ying earned her Ph.D. in learning design and technology at the University of Georgia and her M.S. in educational leadership and administration at Florida State University. She also completed the "Applying the Quality Matters Rubric" workshop.

Holly Muha, M.S.Ed
Learning Designer

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Holly's goal is to construct diverse learning experiences using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to meet individual needs. She is interested in incorporating interactive learning opportunities using multimedia to establish next-generation courses. She also strives to leverage data and analytics to make informed decisions in curriculum and course development.

Holly earned her M.S. in instructional design and technology at Purdue University and is currently working on an Ed.D. in higher education leadership at National Louis University. She completed certifications in project management foundations, instructional design essentials (adult learners and storyboarding), and the neuroscience of learning. She also completed the "Applying the Quality Matters Rubric" workshop.

Art Schneiderheinze, Ph.D.
Director of Learning Design and Innovation

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Art's areas of interest include activity theory as a theoretical framework for analyzing complex human systems, designing and implementing constructivist learning environments, fostering critical reflection, innovation decision making, problem-solving, systems thinking, and using technology to mediate the development of higher-order thinking skills.

Art earned his Ph.D. in learning technologies at the University of Missouri at Columbia, and his curriculum and instruction at Maryville University of St. Louis. Art has educator credentials (license #MO-130203) in elementary education (1–8), gifted education (K–12), mathematics (4–9), is a certified faculty developer (LERN), and completed the "Applying the Quality Matters Rubric" workshop.

Suzanna Schoenleber, B.S.
Senior Learning Designer

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Suzanna's areas of interest include the application of constructivism and adult learning theory to design real-world, collaborative learning activities that enhance student engagement and learning. She is interested in applying the Quality Matters rubric and framework when working with subject matter experts to develop online and blended courses. She also focuses on exploring new educational technology tools, LMS learning analytics to identify student learning preferences, and exploring new methods of organizational design that support the evolving roles of educators.

Suzanna earned her B.S. in leadership and organizational behavior at Northwestern University, and an associate's degree in graphic design at Elgin Community College. She recently completed certifications in Quality Matters, increasing learner engagement, applying adult learning theory to instructional design, and Web site accessibility.


    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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