Jennifer Maddrell is an instructional design consultant and founder of Designers for Learning, a nonprofit organization that promotes service-learning opportunities through collaboration with schools, students, and volunteers. The mission of Designers for Learning is to connect instructional design college students with nonprofit organizations in need of instructional products and services to support their operations. Designers for Learning service-learning projects have involved over 90 volunteers, including college students, their faculty sponsors, and other subject-matter experts. Volunteer service-learners have designed and developed open educational resources for the adult basic education program at Grace Centers of Hope, a nonprofit based in Pontiac, MI that provides General Educational Development (GED) test preparation for homeless individuals who have not graduated from high school.
In 2012, Jennifer was appointed as adjunct faculty in the Instructional Design and Technology program in the College of Education at Old Dominion University (ODU) where she completed her PhD. In addition to her teaching appointment, she is the Assistant Editor of the Journal of Computing in Higher Education, a position she has held since 2008. Her other recent professional projects include a contract with Savant Learning Systems, as well as the National Institute of Aerospace Associates to perform a two-year instructional evaluation of the Real-World / In-World NASA Engineering Design Challenge. While living in New York, Jennifer had an appointment with Baruch College to design and facilitate courses within the school’s Corporate Training and Instructional Design program in the Division of Continuing and Professional Studies, which included the design and implementation of a customized training workshop with the Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Prior to enrolling in the ODU doctoral program, Jennifer worked for over 15 years within leading global insurance companies and progressed through various underwriting and management positions after completing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2005, Jennifer began a career transition to pursue her passion for education and technology. After taking a series of instructional design courses at New York University, she was accepted into the Master of Science in Education program at Indiana University where she completed her degree in 2007. While a student at Old Dominion University, Jennifer was a Graduate Research Assistant and received the 2010 Mandell Award as outstanding student in Instructional Design and Technology. She received a 2010 – 2011 dissertation fellowship to complete her doctoral dissertation that examined the relationship between distance learners’ perceptions of community and learning outcomes.