Janet Smith serves as an Instructional Designer leading quality assurance initiatives at the University of Arizona with the Office of Digital Learning. She manages a multitiered and collaborative quality assurance process to ensure that courses developed for UA Online are designed for student success and engagement. Janet works with partners across campus to integrate best practices around course design, copyright, UDL, and accessibility into the instructional design process and leads the Quality Matters program for the university.During her time as a classroom teacher, Janet served in a variety of leadership roles, mentored new teachers, and was a contributor to the Vail School District’s award-winning Beyond Textbooks initiative. Most recently, she taught with a virtual school where students were attending completely online.
She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona, her master's degree in Educational Leadership in Higher Education from Northern Arizona University, and a graduate certificate in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University.
In her free time, Janet enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and practicing and teaching yoga.