Meet the Team

Model eLearning began as a place for our team to explore eLearning topics and trends—it’s become a place to collaborate with the greater eLearning community.

We’re a small team that develops online and blended courses for Spring Arbor University, a liberal-arts college in southern Michigan. We’re intentionally built around diverse skillsets—it means we get to find innovative ways to deliver sound instructional design while trying to meet growing demand (we’re seen over 215% growth in the past four years). Over the years, our team has featured writers, game designers, creative specialists, a dedicated team of talented student workers, and an AI-loving futurist (ahem, Gary).

We’re working to integrate more Open Educational Resources (OER), design accessible courses, implement Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, and find clever ways to use the most practical technological advances in eLearning. As the industry adapts to new understandings of how people learn, we’re constantly looking to incorporate these new paradigms into our design process.

We want to bring you behind the scenes to show you how we design courses. We’ll bring you stories from the trenches of course development, and hopefully inspire you to try new things in the process.

We couldn’t be more thrilled you’re here. If you’ve got questions or comments, we love spending too much time on Twitter (or just leave a comment on a blog post)!


Jessica M. Bishop
Instructional Designer
BA, Interdisciplinary Studies (Honors), Rochester University


Tara McCoy-Jones
Lead Instructional Designer
EdS, Instructional Technology, Wayne State University

Gwen Hersha
Instructional Designer, Assistant Professor of Communication
MA, Communication, Spring Arbor University

Ann Broda
Instructional Designer
MA Strategic Communication, Liberty University
MA Theatre, Regent University

Jessica Pierce
Instructional Designer
MA, Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, University of Iowa

Kyle Winchell
Instructional Media Support
BS, Digital Media, Spring Arbor University

Jeanie Maguire
eLearning Curriculum Coordinator
MA, Community Counseling, Eastern Michigan University
Licensed Professional Counselor

Former Contributors

Michelle Dawson

Susan Miller

Wendy Moore

Gary R. Tucker, PhD

Dave Zokvic

eLearning Mission at Spring Arbor University (SAU)

eLearning is dedicated to building and maintaining online and blended delivery systems using exemplary instructional design focused on student-centered learning, exceptional consultation, and ongoing faculty support.