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Juliana Ortolani

Juliana Ortolani
- Senior Instructional Designer


As an instructional designer Juliana works closely with faculty in the development and design of hybrid and online courses. Juliana provides expertise in pedagogical approaches, instructional design principles and technology applications for designing effective learning experiences.  She specializes is the design of On Demand courses.  Juliana started working for Distance Learning in 2006 as an Independent Learning Specialist.


B.A., Political Science, 2006, Western Kentucky University
Graduate Certificate, Instructional Designer, 2010, Western Kentucky University
M.A., Adult Education, 2014, Western Kentucky University


Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning (ADEIL), 2008 – present, member
Kentucky Instructional Design Association, 2008-present, member
Online Learning Consortium (OLC), 2010 – present, member
Quality Matters Instructional Design Association (QM-IDA), 2014-present, member
Quality Matters Certified Peer Reviewer, 2015



Ortolani, J., Digges Elliott, H., Honaker, A., (2015, November) Competencies? But this is Academia! -A Development Plan for a Competency-Based University Program. Presented at the Kentucky Convergence Conference, Bowling Green, KY.

April 2015, R2-D2 Goes Online: Creating a Basic Virtual Robotics Lab, Emerging Technologies for Online Learning, Dallas, TX (Ortolani, J.)

November 2014, Let your students play! It’s game time – Kentucky Convergence Conference, Louisville, KY (Digges Elliott, H., Ortolani, J., and Pennington A.)

October 2014, Competencies? but this is Academia – A Development Plan for a Competency-Based University Program – Online Learning Consortium, International Conference, Orlando, FL (Digges Elliott, H., Honaker, A., and Ortolani, J.)

October 2012, Online Faculty Professional Development at WKU, Virtual presentation via Adobe Connect – Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning (ADEIL) – Grand Junction, CO (McGaughey, A., and Ortolani, J.)

November 2010, 10 Best Practices: WKU Independent Learning Experiences – Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning (ADEIL) – Oxford, MS (McGaughey, A., and Ortolani, J.)

November 2009, Reversing the Trend: Rethinking Current Practices and Utilizing Available Resources – American Association for Collegiate Independent Study (AACIS) – Montgomery, AL (McGaughey, A., and Ortolani, J.)

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