Linda Kenney is an instructional designer at Granite State College. She holds an M.S. in Computer Science from SUNY Albany, an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh, and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Dayton. She has over twenty-five years of experience designing and teaching courses online, in the classroom, and as hybrids. She is also well-versed in a variety of software and educational technology applications and with emerging tools and resources. Before coming to the college she worked for over twenty years as a full time faculty member teaching computer courses and web design, most recently at UNH.
The short description of what she currently does is help faculty to put instructional content online. But what exactly does that mean?
To some faculty it means that she works one-on-one with them to help them re-design a course or develop a new course. To other faculty it means that she helps with smaller tasks, such as setting up a gradebook or designing an effective, clear activity for students. For others she answers questions about ongoing courses. And, for some, she works to help them research which tools can best help them achieve their instructional objectives.
|“I like to empower others to figure out the answers to their questions.”||
In addition to working directly with faculty on courses, Linda runs training sessions for faculty and students. You can find her running Orientation to Moodle workshops and webinars at the start of every term. Another part of her job entails creating documentation.
Linda tells us that she enjoys creating documentation which is clear and simple. She says, “When a faculty member or student asks a question I’m happy to explain to them what they need to do, but then I also like to show them where they can go for help the next time. I like to empower others to figure out the answers to their questions.”
She is a part of the team that answers the Dear Dr. Tech-Know questions. She writes Linda’s Repertoire posts on the Faculty Resource Center@GSC. You can also find her writings on Don’t Be Flummoxed, musings about instructional design and more… There you can read about some of her interests especially accessibility and Learner-Centered Teaching.
For more information read Linda’s bio.