Holly Owens, Instructional Designer
Bio and Background
Holly Owens is an Instructional Designer with PillPack by Amazon Pharmacy. She has over 15 years of experience in education in various roles, including high school educator, instructional technologist, and podcast host. Holly has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in education and instructional design at various institutions, including the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Coppin State University, and Northern Virginia Community College. For the past four years, she has taught instructional design courses with the Instructional Technology Program at Touro University within the Graduate School of Technology.
Holly has a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, two master's degrees, one in Instructional Technology and another in Distance Learning, from the University of Maryland, Global Campus, and she is currently pursuing her doctorate in Education Administration and Leadership with Touro University Nevada (expected Fall 2023). She is passionate about online learning, ed-tech, and teaching future generations of learners.
Her podcast, EdUp EdTech, is a go-to resource to stay updated with the latest and greatest Ed Tech tools that are disturbing (in a good way) education. Holly has interviewed CEOs, Founders, and EdTech innovators who are changing the education landscape by making learning more accessible, fun, and engaging.
Holly currently resides in Myrtle Beach, SC, with her Mom, Julie, younger sister Madelyn, and her two furbabies, Kolton and Lola.
Publications & Contributions
EdTech Focus on Higher Education - 3 Questions to Ask When Choosing Technology for the College Classroom
Tech & Learning - 6 Ways to Promote Empathy & Flexibility in an Online Class
Tech & Learning - Flexible Due Dates: How it Works in College & K12
Touro College & University System: CETL Blog - Seven Not-So-Common Reasons Why I Love Teaching Online
Faculty eCommons, Academic Partnerships, Working in Tandem: How Faculty and IDs Create a Quality Online Course
LinkedIn - All in a Decade: Seven Lessons Learned from a Former Teacher turned Instructional Designer
The Morning News, Sri Lanka - The role of instructional design and tech in online learning
LinkedIn, Workforce Insights - Job-hopping is back: 48% of searchers now expect to land more money
LinkedIn - The Problem with Cheating Isn’t Your Learners; It’s You
TV Show Appearances
September 2021, Today Show, Why more people are leaving their jobs
July 2022, Learning Can't Wait Podcast, Teaching Teachers
December 2021, Lecture Breakers Podcast, Ep. 107 5 Educational Apps to Increase Student Engagement
December 2021, Dissecting Education Podcast, Ep. 32 Bridging the Gap: Pedagogy, Subject Matter Expertise, and Technology
December 2021, Instructional Design from the Ground Up
December 2020, Tips and Tricks Podcast - Teaching Tips and Tricks with Holly Owens
October 2020, Dr. Luke Hobson Podcast, Ep. 11 The Secret is in the Sauce: 5 Key Ingredients to Use When Designing Online Courses from Scratch
September 2020, BLOC Podcast, Ep. 7, Remote v. Online Learning
August 2020, TLD Community - Holly Owens with Host Toddi Norum: The Changing World of Online Ed & the Future of ID
February 2020, Lecture Breakers Podcast, Ep. 2 5 Ways to Help Students Succeed in Online Courses
You are HigherED! Collaborative Strategies for Entrepreneurs in Teaching and Learning by Ella Epshteyn