New Staff Spotlight: Jamie Lewis

Jamie Lewis

Bloomington native joins CTL as LMS administrator

Jamie Lewis, 31, has joined the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) at Inver Hills Community College as the new learning management system (LMS) administrator. Jamie will oversee the operation of D2L Brightspace at the college.

The D2L Brightspace website is the primary tool students use to access course materials online for traditional, blended/hybrid and fully online courses.

Martin Springborg, the director of teaching and learning at Inver Hills and Dakota County Technical College, reported that Jamie is a proficient D2L Brightspace user with extensive experience designing trainings for the various instructional technologies used at the college.

“Jamie not only brings a passion for academic technology and course design to this role, but also years of experience as a TRIO advisor,” Martin said. “Her background will lend itself to the Center for Teaching and Learning’s focus on both faculty and student success. I’m excited for Jamie to be part of the Inver Hills community and our CTL Team!”

Before coming to Inver Hills, Jamie worked as an instructional assistant paraprofessional at Washburn Elementary School in Bloomington, Minnesota. Before that, she served as a TRIO educational talent search advisor for nearly six years at Hennepin Technical College.

“I worked with the best students: they were so hardworking, kind and resilient,” Jamie said. “I loved building relationships with students and celebrating with them on graduation day. A yearly highlight was when TRIO alumni would come back to the school and encourage current students to stay motivated in pursuing their goals.”

More about Jamie…

Originally from Bloomington, Minnesota, Jamie graduated from the Perpich Center for Arts Education, Class of 2007. She attended Concordia University of St. Paul, earning a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Education in 2013.

Jamie in Lisbon

Jamie is currently pursuing a Master of Science (M.S.) in Educational Technology at Minnesota State University Mankato. She is on track to complete her M.S. along with a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology and Design next summer.

Jamie has two brothers, Michael, 41, is a pastor, and Kevin, 27, is a U.S. Marine veteran and college student. Her one sister, Angel, 40-something, is an education pathway coordinator. Jamie’s dad, Kevin, is a retired corrections sergeant and her mom, Laurie, is a leasing specialist. Jamie’s boyfriend, Emir, is a pharmacy technician. Jamie has a 2-year-old Sheepadoodle named Brixton.

In her free time, Jamie enjoys spending time with her family and traveling with Emir—her favorite places they’ve been together are Lisbon, Porto and Sintra, Portugal. She also likes working out, especially weightlifting, collecting vinyls, going to concerts and wineries, playing cello and relaxing.

Jamie’s favorite concert of all time is Sigur Rós at the Orpheum Theatre. She has played cello for 19 years. Her favorite piece of cello music is Elgar Cello Concerto in E Minor, 1st Movement. Jamie resides with Brixton in Bloomington.

Jamie Lewis gallery

Jamie Lewis Q & A

Why did you choose higher education as your career field?

I love working in an environment that is committed to lifelong learning, and being surrounded by people who are passionate about helping others.

What is one thing every D2L Brightspace user needs to know?

One strategy for quickly accessing courses is pinning them in the My Courses widget.

What is the most challenging aspect of course design?

Cultivating equitable and innovative strategies to maintain student engagement.

Three words that describe you as an academic professional:

What is the most promising development in academic technology?

Mobile Learning: Apps, Enhancing the Classroom, Untethered Studying¹

What person has influenced you the most in life?

My mother, Laurie, has influenced me most in life. She is always there for me and offers great advice.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

It’s hard to imagine what life will look like 20 years from now. I hope to continue to learn and grow in my career and be happy.

Jamie Lewis 12 Answers

  1. Favorite sport or physical activity: My favorite physical activity is weightlifting.
  2. Place you would most like to visit: St. Lucia or Iceland
  3. The most exciting thing you’ve ever done: Hiking and ziplining in Costa Rica
  4. Three things you would do if you won a $1 billion lottery: 1) Hire a financial advisor 2) Gift money to family 3) Donate to philanthropic organizations
  5. Favorite TV show you’re watching now: Emily in Paris
  6. Best movie you’ve seen lately: Enola Holmes
  7. One thing you most want to accomplish in life: I’d like to learn how to live in the moment and not feel the need to plan my next move all of the time.
  8. Your national bird if you were your own country: Peacock
  9. Dream occupation: Professional cellist
  10. Person you would most like to meet: My great grandparents on either side of my family
  11. Skill you would most like to learn and master: I’d like to become fluent in speaking Bosnian.
  12. Most important issue or problem facing humankind: The spread of misinformation and the inability to identify factual sources of information.
Learn more about D2L Brightspace at Inver Hills by contacting:

Jamie Lewis
LMS Administrator

Learn more about the Center for Teaching & Learning at Inver Hills and DCTC by contacting:

Martin Springborg
Director of Teaching and Learning
Inver Hills Email
DCTC Email
Inver Hills Phone: 651-450-3628
DCTC Phone: 651-423-8659

¹ Source: DePaul Teaching Commons
Brixton fall 2020

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