Elaine Kaye

Instructional Designer, Assistant Professor

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Building: Carrier Library
MSC: 1702

Department: Instructional Design

Pronouns: She / Her / Hers

About me

“Knowledge rooted in experience shapes what we value and as a consequence how we know what we know as well as how we use what we know.”

bell hooks, Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom


As an instructional designer, I’m interested in (and grounded by the influence of) critical instructional design, critical digital pedagogy, open pedagogy, curriculum design and development, equity-based teaching, and social justice pedagogy. I enjoy collaborating with faculty and students on all kinds of creative projects through consultation and programming. I also have experience teaching undergraduate courses and continuing education courses in both face-to-face and online environments. 

In all that I do, I’m interested, open, and committed to valuing experience and understanding other ways of knowing. Bring your ideas – the bigger and “wilder” the better. I hope to collaborate with you soon so that we can learn together!  

About Instructional Design

We are committed to building an engaging and inclusive learning environment at JMU by consulting with instructors and programs on instructional design (ID) for courses, curricula, and learning initiatives.

As instructional designers, our practices are informed by learning sciences, systems thinking, and pedagogy-driven community building. Centering equity, accessibility, and inclusion, we support instruction, learning, and scholarly work by providing instructional design solutions to enhance and sustain learners’ success. Our work simultaneously holds space to explore evidence-based emerging teaching and learning trends, tools, and methods while centering an ethic of care and a learner-centered experience.