Megan Holt

Online Teaching Coordinator


Megan guides faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants in effective online course design and pedagogical practices, the integration of digital tools, and the application of quality standards. She offers consultations, serves as a Quality Essentials course reviewer, and assists in the planning, coordination, and implementation of large-scale online teaching professional development activities.


  • Ph.D., Instructional Technology, Northern Illinois University, in progress
  • M.A., English, Eastern Illinois University, 2009
  • B.A., English, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 2006
  • Coordinator and Facilitator of NIU’s Online Teaching Symposium, 2023
  • Implemented NIU’s Quality Essentials Online Course Quality Review System, 2022
  • CITL Staff Ambassador for the Ultra Transition Academy (UTA), 2022-2023
  • CITL Staff partner for the Curricular Innovation Grants, 2023
  • Facilitator of the Teaching Synchronous Online Courses Faculty Learning Community, Spring 2021
  • Co-Facilitator of Preparing to Teach Online Workshop, 2021-2023
  • CITL Staff Partner in the Online Course Design Academy, 2020-Present
  • Contributor, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) Blog, Northern Illinois University (2020-present).
  • NIU Online Learning Advisory Concil, Ex-Officio Member, 2023-present
  • Anthology Idea Exchange member
  • Chicagoland Higher Ed Instructional Design learning community member

Holt, M., & Paralejas, C. (2024, April). The synergy of AI, faculty development, and instructional design; Transforming the narrative. Presented at Online Learning Consortium Accelerate 2024, Denver, CO.

Holt, M., Miller, T. & Paralejas, C. (2023, October). Driving together: Sharing the wheel and navigating the new instructional design partnership. Presented at Online Learning Consortium Accelerate 2023, Washington, DC.

Miller, T., Holt, M. & Rhode, J. (2023, April). Celebrating online course quality: From self-assessment to institutional recognition. Presented at Online Learning Consortium Innovate 2023, Nashville, TN.

Rhode, J., Miller, T., & Holt, M. (2023, March). Celebrating online course quality: From self-assessment to institutional recognition. Presented at Higher Learning Commission 2023 Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Rhode, J., Underwood, J., Holt, M., Richter, S., & Miller, T. (2022, November). Scalable faculty development to support successful transition of institutional learning management system. Presented at Online Learning Consortium Accelerate 2022, Orlando, FL.

Rhode, J., Underwood, J. & Holt, M. (2022, November). Digital badges to promote improving accessibility of digital course materials and being a champion for accessibility. Presented at Online Learning Consortium Accelerate 2022, Orlando, FL.

  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) Face to Face Certified Facilitator, 2023
  • Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) Accelerate Conference Track Chair, 2023
  • Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning, 2022
  • Quality Matters Certified Peer Reviewer, 2020
  • Conversation on Diversity and Equity (CODE) Facilitator Training, 2020
  • Undocumented Ally Training, 2020
  • Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR), 2019


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

"Megan did a great job organizing the Online Teaching Symposium. You lead the team in completing all the fine details that made up a great experience. I know the participants appreciated all your work. You are a CITL gem." (June 1, 2023)

"Oh my gosh! Megan is the most amazing ambassador! She was so supportive and so informative as I worked through the BB Ultra Academy. I’m so glad to know that she’ll continue to be “in the wings” (she likes birds) to support when I get stuck. Thank you, Megan! Your department is incredible." (June 22, 2022)

"Megan was truly an excellent “ambassador” for the Center for Innovative Teaching and Leaning’s recent Blackboard Ultra Transition Academy. She was very patient with my many questions and provided precise, well organized suggestions for building my summer course in Blackboard Ultra. She was also wonderful to work with in a virtual context." (June 9, 2022)

"Thank you Megan, for your valuable advice and coaching as we pivoted to a Zoom all-college meeting. Your willingness to share your time and talents is appreciated by all. You exemplify collaboration and the Huskie spirit!" (January 18, 2022)

"Megan's kind voice, support and willingness to be 'at the ready' when I’m in need is so authentic and amazing. As an adjunct, there are plenty of Blackboard nuances that I continue to learn and Megan's efforts are so appreciated. Thank you, Megan! Talk soon!" (September 22, 2021)

"Megan has been an incredible resource to me, always swift to reply and steps in to help in any way she could. She provided Blackboard training to our UNIV educators, shared a general CITL-built template with me to help build our UNIV courses, and helped manage copying my course shell into each section. She is wonderful and also fun to work with!" (June 25, 2021)

"If you ever have a question about teaching with Blackboard, send an online ticket request to CITL. Megan has replied to my multiple queries incredibly quickly in a very helpful and friendly manner. Thank you Megan!" (June 25, 2021)

Megan Holt


Megan Holt
Phone: 815-753-5320
Office: AC100K

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