CHRISTIE RENEÉ VANORSDALE'S
I am a passionate Teacher Educator with an unconditional love for Instructional Design. I have experience designing and facilitating both online and face-to-face learning environments. As a freelancer I have worked in industry, higher education, and everything in between. Backward's Design, Agile, and Comprehensible Input are a few of my favorite things.
January 2002-December 2006
B.A. PSYCHOLOGY @ INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Major: Psychology [focus on abnormal psychology], Minor: Sociology
January 2012-December 2014
M.S. ED. ESL @ DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY
Master of Science in Education with a focus on English as a Second Language adult learners.
May 2017-December 2020
ED.D INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY @DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY
Doctorate of Education with a focus on Instructional Technology, Instructional Design and Universal Design for Learning
The following is an outline of my most current work experience. For additional examples of professional practice, see this document.
TEACHER EDUCATOR AND ESL INSTRUCTOR @ DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY
University Courses Taught: GSCE 631 (Instructional Techniques), LTEL:201 (Helping English Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom), and ESL 129 (Intermediate Note taking and Discussion)
INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER @ EASE LEARNING
Instructional Designer for various E-learning projects including: new employee on-boarding , and the creation of a new Master's of Data Science program for a large online university. Skills and tools used: Backward's Design, Camtasia, D2L/Brightspace, Agile Design, Ring Central, and Jira
INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER AND SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT @ CENGAGE LEARNING
May 2018-November 2019
Designed and developed an online course for Paraprofessional Praxis preparation.
Vanorsdale, C. (October, 2017). Communicative Language Teaching in E-Learning: How Confident are the Instructors?. In J. Dron & S. Mishra (Eds.),Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 489-493). Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 29, 2017 from
Alarbi, T., Alghamdi, N., Beaulieu, L., Meepegama, M., Scarlett, N., Vanorsdale, C. & Van Campenhout, R. (October, 2018). Connectedness in an Online Doctoral Program: Building Community and Advancing Understandings as Emerging Scholars. In Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 105-109). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 2, 2018 from
Vanorsdale, C. R. (June, 2019). Attitudes of Hebrew linguistic capital: critical language awareness as a framework for a peace-building curriculum. Paper presented at The 7th International Conference on Teacher Education: The Story of innovation in Teacher Education. Tel-Aviv, Israel. July 3, 2019.
Vanorsdale, C.R (June,2019) Technology to replace or transform: SAMR and TPACK to support SLA. Paper presented at Israeli Ministry of Education Pre-Conference Teacher Education Event for ETAI. Jerusalem, Israel. July 2,2019
Meidl, C., & Vanorsdale, C. (2018). Application of PBS through CHAMPS. The Journal of Educational Foundations,31(3/4), 27-46. Retrieved May 2, 2019, from origsite=gscholar&cbl=31133.
Meidl, C., & Vanorsdale, C. (2019, May). Serving communities through holistic collaboration: 24 Childcare in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Childcare Exchange. May/June, (pp 31-25). Retrieved from .
Ritter, J., Ayieko, R., Vanorsdale, C., Quiñones,S.,Chao,X.,Meidl,C...(2019). Facilitating pedagogies of possibility in teacher education: Experiences of faculty members in a self-study learning group. Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, 10 (2). Retrieved from
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