Steven T. Nagel


Welcome to my professional portfolio website! My name is Steven Nagel and I serve as an Instructional Designer on the Distance Education team in The Office of Distance Education and eLearning at The Ohio State University. In this role, I work with faculty one-on-one to develop ~five online courses per semester (typically a mix of full developments and revisions).

In addition to my design work, I lead our team’s Digital Scholarship and Evaluation efforts. A few recent examples of this work include assisting an interdisciplinary team to develop an a grant proposal that outlines iPad-enabled active learning activities for introductory science courses at Ohio State for the Digital Flagship Initiative, serving as a Principal Investigator for a Distance Education multimedia research study assessing the efficacy of a multimedia learning object to teach data literacy, conducting literature reviews to develop an annotated bibliographies to support our team’s design work (e.g.,  Best Practices for Online Teaching, Blended Learning Course Design, and Designing Online STEM courses and Online Labs), and working with our stakeholders like the Undergraduate Student Government to understand undergraduate motivation for taking online courses at Ohio State.

As you explore this website, I hope to illustrate my work as an instructional designer on the Distance Education team and the value-added I bring to our faculty, staff, and students at The Ohio State University. I have broken down the website into five major sections:

Curriculum Vitae

Digital Scholarship and Evaluation

Instructional Design Portfolio

Selected Presentations

Selected Teaching Artifacts

In my instructional design work, I strive to foster strong, collaborative partnerships with faculty and staff that ultimately yield rigorous online courses that develop a community of inquiry among students and instructors, fosters deep and significant learning experiences for students, and positively reflects a home-grown Ohio State experience for students. When viewing my portfolio, you will see a variety of examples from my work in ODEE that reflects my experience as a project manager, relationship manager, and teaching and learning consultant with Ohio State faculty and staff.

Professional Background

I began my career in education as an undergraduate research assistant in 2012 when I assisted in the conversion of the course, EEOB 3320: Organismal Diversity, from a lecture-lab format into a studio format in which students utilized mobile learning technologies (e.g. Apple iPads and Apple Airplay) to share course content. My work as an URA naturally evolved and translated over to my Master of Science program in EEOB, which I completed in July 2016. In this program, my research efforts focused on two aspects of biology education—effective biodiversity teaching methods in urban environments and the implementation and evaluation of iPads as mobile learning technologies in two biology classes.

As a graduate student, I continued to diversify my knowledge of curriculum development and instructional design by helping to design and implement a new iBooks project in EEOB 2210: Ohio Plants.  During my final year of my MS program, I received the biology fellow position at OSU’s Metro Early College High school in which I created and implemented new laboratory exercises and assessments aligned with both the Ohio Department of Education and ACT quality core standards. I also worked with OSU faculty and staff from Teaching and Learning, Engineering, and EEOB on an Ohio Department of Education funded grant to develop new curricula utilizing model-based learning in K-12 biology classes. During this project, I served on the Curriculum Development/Teacher Educative team writing novel activities which aligned with ODE standards and incorporated the use of educational technologies in newly developed materials.


  • MLT, Master of Learning Technologies, The Ohio State University, 2019
  • MS, Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (Focus: Biology Education Research), The Ohio State University, 2016
  • BS, Zoology, The Ohio State University, 2013
  • BA, Latin Language and Literature, The Ohio State University, 2013

Areas of Expertise

  • Instructional Design
  • Curriculum Development & Assessment
  • Project Management
  • Relationship Management
  • Mobile Learning Technology
  • Inquiry-Based Education
  • Biology Education