Instructional Design

The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning is happy to announce a partnership with the Learning Design and Technology program in the School of Education and Human Development to bring all faculty the support of instructional designers. CETL Instructional Designers will both create learning resources for all faculty and meet 1:1 with faculty who teach in any course format (in-person, hybrid, remote, and online) to assist them with emerging practices in:

  • Course design and development
  • Learning outcomes
  • Student engagement strategies
  • Technologies that support instruction
  • Inclusive instructional practices
  • Active learning strategies
  • Assessment
  • Hybrid delivery
  • Accelerated delivery
  • Flexibility
  • Universal design for learning and accessibility

Meet the CETL Instructional Designers


Jill Giacomini

Jill has been an instructional designer in Colorado higher education for the past nine years and has experience designing a wide variety of courses with faculty at both Regis University and the University of Colorado. She is excited to have the opportunity to work with CETL in her role as a doctoral student in the Leadership for Educational Equity program at CU Denver focusing on Professional Learning and Technology.

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Kellie Ferguson

Kellie is currently in the MA program for Learning Design and Technology here at UC Denver. Prior to working with the CETL as an instructional designer, she worked for about 4 years as an English instructor at both 2- and 4- year colleges in Colorado, California, and as a Fulbright grantee in Romania. She is excited to be a part of the CETL and look forward to supporting and working alongside UC Denver faculty and instructors over the next year.

Kady K

Kady Katona

Kady is an educator making the transition into Instructional Design.  She taught in South Korea, Australia and in Colorado. She is looking forward to combining a variety of past and present ideas into new ways of educating others. She is excited to be a part of the OIT & CETL teams!

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Mary Hoftiezer

Mary has worked in education, teaching both special education and primary.  She is thrilled to be joining the CETL team and look forward to working alongside staff in creating engaging, inclusive learning experiences for students. To her, instructional design means creating learning experiences that motivate and engage all learners!