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Lori Seawel

Instructional Designer & Technology Coordinator
Educational Technology & Media Services

Lori is an Instructional Designer and Technology Coordinator in Information Technology Services at UNI. She has a BA in Elementary Education with emphases in Early Childhood Education and Math, an MA in Computer Applications in Education, and a second MA in Elementary and Secondary Administration. Lori taught for ten years at the elementary and early childhood levels in private education, followed by six years as a Computer Teacher/Building Technology Coordinator at the middle school level. She also served as District Technology Coordinator of a K-12 school district for 2 1/2 years. Lori joined the Educational Technology team at UNI in February 2000. Along with her colleagues in ITS-Educational Technology, Lori provides instructional design and development support to faculty as they seek to use technology to support teaching, learning and research. Other responsibilities include developing instructional materials for technology training workshops as well as teaching workshops for faculty, staff, and students. Lori enjoys researching emerging technologies that may enhance instruction and student learning and collaborating with colleagues on special projects related to technology in an educational environment. She has recently earned certification as a Peer Reviewer for Quality Matters, a nationally recognized peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. Lori serves as course designer for the National Program for Playground Safety, designing online professional development playground safety courses for child care providers and schools. Lori is also on the project management team for IMPACT, a Title II/MSP funded program that provides inquiry-based professional development to Iowa K12 teachers focusing on STEM related curriculum. In addition to her work at UNI, Lori served for six years as an ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) mentor for K12 educators throughout the United States through a grant program funded by Hewlett-Packard.


Chatham-Carpenter, April; Seawel, Lori J.; & Raschig, John (2009-2010). Avoiding the pitfalls: Current practices and recommendations for eportfolios in higher education. Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 38(4), 437-456.

Seawel, Lori; Smaldino, Sharon E.; Steele, Jeannie L.; & Lewis, Junko Y. (1994). A descriptive study comparing computer-based word processing and handwriting on attitudes and performance of third and fourth grade students involved in a program based on a process approach to writing. Journal of Computing in Childhood Education, 5(1), 43-59.

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