Dr. Rebecca Quintana is an Intermittent Lecturer at the School of Education where she teaches courses such as Video Games and Learning, Principles of Software Design for Learning, and Learning Experience Design. Quintana provides leadership for the Learning Experience Design Certificate Program, a joint collaboration between the School of Education and the Center for Academic Innovation, where she oversees students who are engaged in a two-semester residency program. Quintana is also a faculty affiliate with the Digital Studies Institute and a member of the Diversity Scholars network with the National Center for Institutional Diversity.
In her role of Learning Experience Design Lead at the University of Michigan’s (U-M) Center of Academic Innovation, Quintana uses a learner-centered approach to design and develop online learning experiences for diverse audiences of global learners. Partnering with faculty across the University, Quintana is involved in curriculum development, assessment design, and course strategy for a wide range of courses across U-M’s online portfolio. Central to this work is a commitment to design approaches that value both diversity and inclusiveness, which is based on the foundational principle of equitable use. Quintana is committed to developing and implementing processes to ensure that online courses developed by faculty and staff at U-M are designed with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in mind.
Quintana leads several research projects that inform her work, including exploring how design representations and practices can support design teams, developing approaches that allow learners to take on a more consequential role in course design and iteration, and investigating the processes and resources that are needed to support hybrid and blended instances of online courses. Her doctoral research centered on the role visual representations can play in collaborative knowledge construction, specifically within a rich simulation environment in middle school science classrooms. At U-M, Quintana has extended this work through the study of how technology-mediated role-based simulations can support multifaceted activity that involves focused discussion and communication among participants adopting different roles as they use and exchange multiple resources and information to explore sociopolitical issues within an experiential learning context.
Quintana is an active presenter at several major research conferences and has published extensively in venues such as the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), the Computer-supported Collaborative Learning conference (CSCL), and the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). Quintana’s research has been published in outlets such as Instructional Science, Online Teaching and Learning Journal, and the European Review of Online and Distributed Learning. In 2018, Quintana’s research was recognized by the American Educational Research Association for Best Paper by the Online Teaching and Learning SIG.
Quintana is a certified teacher with teaching experience spanning 20 years within a variety of K-16 contexts, including teaching core subjects at the elementary level and visual arts at the secondary level. Quintana received her BFA and BEd from York University in Toronto and her MA and PhD in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.