Diane Alberts

Senior Instructional Designer


Diane collaborates with faculty and staff in the design, development, and management of online courses and learning experiences, applying various learning theories, teaching strategies, instructional design models, best practices in online education, and integrating educational technologies to improve teaching effectiveness and student learning experiences. She implements and maintains quality standards across all aspects of the instructional design process.


  • M.S.Ed., Instructional Technology, Northern Illinois University, 1998
  • B.A., Education, Judson College, 1987
  • Project Manager for the Blackboard Ultra Transition Academy
  • CITL Staff Ambassador for the Ultra Transition Academy (UTA), 2022-Present
  • CITL Staff partner for the Curricular Innovation Grants
  • Contributor, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) Blog, Northern Illinois University (2020-present).
  • Supportive and Professional Staff Council, Division 5 Representative (2012 -2015)
  • Anthology Idea Exchange member
  • Chicagoland Higher Ed Instructional Design learning community member

Rhode, J., Miller, T., Richter, S., & Alberts, D. (2023, July). Scalable faculty development to support successful transition of institutional learning management system. Presented at University Professional and Continuing Education Association Distance Teaching and Learning Summit for Online Leadership and Administration + Roundtable, Madison, WI.

Alberts, D., Duvall, C., & Piercy, R. (2019, October). Online course design and development: The online course design academy and design document. Presented at the QM Connect Conference. Grapevine, TX.

Miller, T. & Alberts, D. (2018, July). Finding synergies: Uniting elearning and faculty development for online programs. Presented at the 2018 Distance Teaching and Learning Conference. Madison, WI.

Adulseranee, R., Alberts, D., Taylor, M., Kelly, S., and Tikkun, S. (2016, November). Braille Automated Grading Tool: The Unified English Braille Online Training Project (UEBOT). Presented at the E-Learn 2016 Conference. Washington, D.C.

  • Online Learning Consortium (OLC): Copyright and Fair Use, Part I: The Fundamentals, 2020
  • Online Learning Consortium (OLC): Adaptive Learning Fundamentals and Courseware Exploration, 2019
  • NIU Outreach Credentialing Programs: Project Management for CAPM and PMP Certification Preparation Course, 2018
  • Quality Matters: Peer Course Review Training, 2017
  • Quality Matters: Applying the Rubric Workshop, 2016


The following comments from NIU faculty were shared through NIU Today Applaud a Colleague:

"Diane’s work on the Blackboard Ultra Transition Academy has been outstanding. She continues to improve the academy’s design as new features emerge. She loves working with her academy partners. She’s an excellent project manager and the 4th iteration of the academy started flawlessly." (May 25, 2023)

"Having recently developed a course with Diane, I wanted to reach out to note how fabulous it was to work with her. She is considerate, innovative and, most of all, has shown great patience!! It has been a pleasure to work with someone so competent at what they do." (October 25, 2021)

"Diane went above and beyond to bring an online learning module back to life (after Flash was discontinued). Her work on the project was not required but she knew how helpful the outcome would be to faculty, students and to many NIU K-12 educators in our region. Thanks, Diane!" (January 21, 2021)

Diane Alberts


Diane Alberts
Email: dalberts@niu.edu
Phone: 815-753-6874
Office: AC100F

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