Heidi Echols will be the new Instructional Designer at Poole College of Management from December 15. Echols will join the newly created instructional design team and will report to Beth Shepherd, the college’s first director of instructional design.
Echols joins Poole College, bringing more than 20 years of higher education experience to Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She served as Chair and Professor of the Department of Dance Studies where she designed and created dance and movement science degrees from the ground up. In addition to being a professor, she has held project manager and director positions at Salem College’s Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation.
“I am delighted to welcome Heidi to the instructional design group. With her background as Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and a professor at Salem College, Heidi brings years of instructional design experience to our team,” said Shepherd. “Adding Heidi to our team will allow us to provide more service and support to Poole faculty and provide the best possible learning experience for our students.”
Heidi is the latest addition to our very talented design group and she will work directly with faculty from our leading online MBA program and other degrees to produce the excellent educational experience that our students have come to associate with Poole College. .
“Poole’s Instructional Design Group was formed on the recommendation of a college-wide Instructional Technology Task Force to help our faculty develop and deliver state-of-the-art instruction of the highest quality in our programs,” said Richard Warr, Associate Dean for Faculty and Research. . “Heidi is the latest addition to our very talented design group and she will work directly with faculty from our premier online MBA program and other degrees to produce the excellent educational experience that our students have come to associate with Poole. College.”
As an instructional designer, Echols will support the educational use of technology to support student success. As a member of the instructional design team, Echols will partner with faculty to design engaging, high-quality courses and implement quality assurance standards and teaching best practices.
As many courses and faculty have transitioned to online learning, Echols will work one-on-one, in group consultations, and in workshops with faculty to help them implement instructional design principles based on research in their courses. She will also help create Moodle courses, support the creation of videos and create engaging online synchronous lesson sessions.
Echols earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and exercise science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also earned an MFA in Choreography and Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
NC State is an exceptional place and I am impressed with the work done at Poole College.
“I look forward to improving the student experience and working with faculty,” Echols said. “NC State is an exceptional place and I am impressed with the work done at Poole College.”
In her spare time, Echols practices and teaches yoga and enjoys hiking with her family and supporting the arts.
“I identify as a curriculum designer, educator, artist, scholar, mother, friend and many others. These identities have alternated in priority and relevance throughout my career. I am honored by the work I do in higher education and delighted to bring it to Poole College of Management,” said Echols.