OLC Instructional Design, Training & Support Team: Sarah Kuehnle

Sarah Kuehnle Photo at DeskWe caught up with the newest member of the Online Learning Center, Sarah Kuehnle. Sarah is on the Instructional Design, Training & Support Team:

Please tell us about yourself and your background: I am the newest team member to join the Online Learning Center. I hold a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in instructional technology. I have worked in K-12, higher education, and corporate training environments. From my experience, I bring a strength in rolling out and integrating emerging technologies to improve the learning experience of our students.

What do you do in your free time? I love to hike, trail run, and explore the nearby parks. If the weather is nice you can guarantee I am doing that.

How long have you been with Webster? A little over two months. Time flies!

How do you help Webster University Online students and faculty? As an Instructional Designer, I assist faculty in the development of their online course content. Part of my role is also supporting the WebNet+ program. I assist professors in thinking through the process of teaching virtually and help them prepare their content to compliment this format.

What are some of our faculty or students’ frequently asked questions that you think would be worth sharing/would help explaining. A lot of the questions I get from both faculty and students is about the WebNet+ virtual experience. They want to know what it looks like, what to expect, and how the video conferencing tools work. The OLC has training courses that provide a preview of the experience and help answer all of those questions in one instance. If you are taking a WebNet+ course for the first time, be sure to check out those trainings. Even better, you are automatically enrolled in them when you register for the WebNet+ course and can access the training at any time through WorldClassRoom!

What part of your job is the most satisfying? It is truly satisfying creating programs that meet students where they are. Online courses and WebNet+ courses expand educational opportunity. It’s so exciting to help students achieve their goals and have access to the amazing programs Webster has to offer.

Do you have any advice for students? I have completed two degrees and during that time I worked 30+ hours a week while going to school full time. There were a few weeks that were very stressful as responsibilities piled up. What I learned from that time in my life was this- believe in yourself and celebrate your small victories. All of your hard work will pay off. Making sure to celebrate your small accomplishments really helps you to see that and keep yourself motivated.

Or What’s your favorite part of Webster University. I would have to say the people. Everyone here is so friendly and always willing to help each other out.