Karin Spader

Position title: Teaching and Learning Specialist

Email: kspader@wisc.edu

Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin–Madison; M.S., Experimental Psychology, Western Illinois University; M.A., Sociology, Western Illinois University; B.S., Psychology (minor: Sociology), Western Illinois University
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Karin has taught undergraduate courses (both on-ground and online) and researched best practices for student engagement and peer-to-peer learning since 2007. Her research focuses on online learning in higher education, more specifically on strategies for designing online courses as active, engaged, participatory experiences. Her dissertation developed a new model for online course design that emphasizes student agency and social learning. Karin has a passion for helping others find excitement for teaching and learning. In her free time she enjoys gardening, volleyball, weightlifting, traveling, sunshine, and spending time with her friends and family.