Utah Tech University


Working with a Learning Designer

Have you wondered what it is like to work with the Learning Designers at Utah Tech Online? Learn more about how we can help from faculty members here at the University.

Meet Your Designers

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Huck Stewart

Learning Design Manager

Email: huck.stewart@utahtech.edu
Phone: 435-879-4838
Office: TECH 113B

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Jordan Ellsworth

Learning Design Project Manager

Email: jordan.ellsworth@utahtech.edu
Phone: 435-879-4847
Office: TECH 113H

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Katy Houghton

Learning Designer

Email: katy.houghton@utahtech.edu
Phone: 435-879-4653
Office: TECH 113I

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Dr. Xin Wang

Learning Designer

Email: xin.wang@utahtech.edu
Phone: 435-879-4663
Office: TECH 113F

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Meg Swanson

Learning Designer

Email: meg.swanson@utahtech.edu
Phone: 435-879-4874
Office: TECH 113G

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Dr. Debra Chittur

Learning Designer (P/T)

Email: debra.chittur@utahtech.edu
Office: REMOTE

What Does a Learning Designer Do?

If you’ve ever wondered what exactly a Learning Designer does, take a moment to listen to our staff talk about what design is all about.

A Learning Designer is assigned to each college to provide a single design support contact for online offerings (80% or more online).

Each designer has an advanced degree in education, teaches online, and can help faculty in the following ways:

  • Designing a new or enhancing the design of an existing online course
  • Assist in developing a master (templated) course design for a given course
  • Provide creative ideas for solving teaching challenges
  • Share effective strategies to engage your students
  • Help identify and mitigate potential problem areas
  • Assist in implementing technology
  • Direct faculty to additional services and resources

A Learning Designer is a great go-to person for any conversation related to teaching and using technology to support teaching. For some questions and conversations, a Learning Designer may involve personnel from IT Instructional Services (ITIS) for additional technology support, or the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).