As a member of the creative UAA Academic Innovations & eLearning team, Nancy McCoy Wozniak collaborates on course design and the creation of student-centered learning environments. She is the Instructional Designer for the Robust Online Learning (Title III) Grant, and partners with faculty building master online courses with interactive, multimodal designs that enhance student engagement and community. Currently, she is researching and constructing cultural responsive course activities and student-led deliveries that promote self-determined learning behaviors and lifelong habits of mind for ALL learners.
With over 15 years as an Instructional Designer and Learning Architect, Nancy, also, is an experienced instructor of Media Literacy, Leadership, and Communications, specializing in First Year Experience. Using her prior experiences in broadcast and cable television production, she energetically practices the use of multimodal learning strategies with technologies to enhance student engagement and integrative learning. The design emphasis is to map and connect critical, creative, and design thinking activities with inquiry and evidenced-based reflection. Particularly with the STEM disciplines, Nancy specializes in flipped and hybrid classroom designs that utilize experiential spaces (makerspaces) concepts and the gamification of content delivery. This format includes digital makerspaces to enhance design thinking in hybrid and online courses. She has brainstormed with faculty on the use of multimodal composition activities enhanced by social media and cloud technologies to further improve writing and evidenced-based reflective skills across the disciplines in face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses.
Nancy has served as a Visiting Fellow on Assuring Graduate Competencies at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. She, also, participated as a Visiting Scholar at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, Canada with the development of co-curricular, high-impact learning activities and the assessment of competencies using credentialed badges and digital portfolios. She managed the world-recognized ePortfolio Initiative at Stony Brook University and devised the SBU Student-Driven Implementation Model. The research and mapping of emerging technologies and shifts in the paradigms of learning are critical, and Nancy continues to accomplish this with faculty and student idea-generating teams.