Rebecca M. Quintana

Associate Director, Learning Experience Design and Adjunct Lecturer


Rebecca M. Quintana is the Associate Director of Learning Experience Design at the Center for Academic Innovation at the  University of Michigan (U-M). She is also an Adjunct Lecturer at U-M's School of Education. 

In her role of Associate Director, Learning Experience Design, Quintana uses a learner-centered approach to design and develop online learning experiences for diverse audiences of global learners. Partnering with faculty across the University, Quintana is involved in curriculum development, assessment design, and course strategy for a wide range of courses across U-M’s online portfolio. Central to this work is a commitment to design approaches that value both diversity and inclusiveness, which is based on the foundational principle of equitable use. 
Quintana leads several research projects, including exploring how design representations and practices can be used to support design teams, developing approaches that allow learners to take on a more consequential role in course design and iteration, and investigating the processes and resources that are needed to support hybrid and blended instances of online courses. Her doctoral research centered on the role visual representations can play in collaborative knowledge construction, specifically within rich simulation environments in middle school science classrooms. At U-M, Quintana has extended this work through the study of how technology-mediated role-based simulations can support multifaceted activity among participants who adopt different roles as they use and exchange multiple resources and information to explore sociopolitical issues within an experiential learning context.
Quintana is active in several research communities and has presented extensively in conferences such as the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), the Computer-supported Collaborative Learning Conference (CSCL), and the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). Quintana’s research has been published in outlets such as Instructional Science, Online Teaching and Learning Journal, and the European Review of Online and Distributed Learning. Quintana and her colleagues were presented with a Best Paper award at the American Educational Research Association by the Online Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group in 2018.  
Quintana is a certified teacher with teaching experience spanning 20 years within a variety of K-16 contexts, including teaching core subjects at the elementary level and visual arts at the secondary level. 


The Pragmatics of Board Games in K-12 Science Classrooms

C. Quintana, R. M. Quintana, Bricker. L.

Proceedings of the 15th International Conferences of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), 2020, pp. 1809-1810

Exploring the experience of students who take on alternative viewpoints within a role-based simulation

R. M. Quintana, J. Fortman

Proceedings of the 15th International Conferences of the Learning Sciences (ICLS), 2020, pp. 286-293

Characterizing MOOC Pedagogies: Exploring Tools and Methods for Learning Designers and Researchers

R. M. Quintana, Y. Tan

Online Learning, vol. 23(4), 2019, pp. 62-84

MOOC Replication Across Platforms: Considerations for Design Team Decision-Making and Process

R. M. Quintana, Y. Tan

European Review of Online and Distributed Learning, 2019 Nov 19

What can we learn about learner interaction when one course is hosted on two MOOC platforms?

Y. Tan, R. M. Quintana

In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (LAK), Tempe, Arizona, 2019 Mar, pp. 149-150

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Learning Experience Design

EDUC 616

Graduate Laboratory, Fall 2019 and Winter 2020

Principles of Software and New Media Design for Learning

EDUC 626 and SI 548

Graduate Seminar, Winter 2020

Video Games and Learning

EDUC 333 and EDUC 602

Undergraduate and Graduate Meet Together, Winter 2019 and Fall 2019


Jan 16, 2020

Presenting at AERA in San Francisco, CA

Come hear my talk at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)  in San Francisco, California.  Developing a MOOC Series: Pedagogical Considerations for Learning Designers.  Tuesday, April 21, 2020. 12:25 to 1:55pm, Mo...

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Rebecca M. Quintana, PhD

Learning Experience Design Lead and Lecturer


University of Michigan