Samantha Joy Whitaker

Graduate Assistant

About me

I am a graduate assistant on the Online Learning team at JMU Libraries. I am currently a first-year graduate student in the Vocal Performance & Pedagogy (with the Optional Singing Health Emphasis) in the School of Music at JMU. Having the degree of Bachelor of Music with a Minor in Education from the University of Texas at El Paso, I love to develop training programs, create interactive tutorials with technologies, and extend possibilities with digital pedagogy exploration.

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.

About Learning Innovations & Design

We create virtual and physical spaces, programs, and services for the JMU community to enhance, experiment with, and innovate in their teaching, learning, and scholarship. Departments include Classroom Technology Services, Educational Technology Services, Instructional Design, Learning Technology Services, and Media Production & Makerspace Services.