Curriculum Vitae

Teaching | Employment | Service | Awards | Publications


2006 – present University of Maine Orono, ME


Doctoral Candidate

GPA 3.928

EHD 571 Qualitative Research: Theory/Design/Practice
EHD 573 Statistical Methods in Education I
EHD 590 Topics in Education: Executive Function in Learning
EHD 621 Advanced Educational Psychology
EHD 690 Topics in Education: Resilience
HED 598 Special Topics: High School – College Transition
HED 630 Higher Education & the Law
HED 640 Issues in College Teaching
HED 650 Social Context of Higher Education
HED 654 Higher Education Policy and Politics
HED 676 Doctoral Seminar in Higher Education
HED 677 Doctoral Sem Higher Educ Research
HRD 652 School Finance for Adult Education
SIE 515 Human Computer Interaction

2001 – 2003 Bridgewater State College Bridgewater, MA
Master of Education in Instructional Technology

GPA 4.000

ED 530 Research Methods
ED 533 Effective Practice in Human Development and Learning
IT 500 Introduction to Instructional Technology
IT 521 Current Applications and Integration
IT 522 Instructional Design
IT 523 Information Access and the Internet
IT 524 Technology Leadership
IT 525 Emergent Technologies in the Learning Environment
IT 526 Making Connections: Networking
IT 562 Empowering Educators with Technology
IT 590 Seminar in Instructional Technology
IT 596 Clinical Experience in Instructional Technology

1993 – 1997 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
Bachelor of Music in Education

GPA 3.486


2019 – present University of Maine Orono, ME


EDT 540 Instructional Design and Project Management: graduate course for practicing professionals in the Instructional Design Certificate program or Master of Education in Instructional Technology covering the applied fundamentals of learning theories, instructional design, educational technology, and an introduction to project management

2019 – present University of Maine at Farmington Farmington, ME

SED 505 Universal Design for Learning and Curriculum Access: graduate course for practicing educators exploring and applying the principals of multiple means of representation, engagement, and action/expression to provide equitable access to the curriculum for a variety of unique learners

2005 – 2008; 2018 – present University of Maine at Augusta Augusta, ME

CIS 100 Introduction to Computing: undergraduate course covering word processing, spreadsheets, database management, graphic presentation, email, and Internet use
EDU 380 Digital Literacy & Technology in Schools: undergraduate course for pre-service teachers to build digital literacy and competency with tools to create interactive and engaging learning experiences for their students offered in both online and in person modalities
EDU 387 Teaching the Exceptional Child in the Regular Classroom: undergraduate course for pre-service teachers to develop an understanding of the characteristics of children and adolescents considered to be exceptional

2004 – 2008 Maine School Administrative District #5 Rockland, ME
Adult Education Instructor

Created curriculum for and taught courses in the following subjects: Web Design, Microsoft Office Applications, College Preparation, Computer Basics, Voice, Candy Making, Yoga, Tai Chi

1997 – 2001 Archbishop Williams High School Braintree, MA
Music Teacher

Created curriculum for and taught academic music appreciation classes and chorus to sophomores, juniors, and seniors Rehearsed, conducted, and chose literature for all school Liturgies and Winter & Spring Concerts
Implemented an instrumental music program


2014 – 2019 University of Maine at Augusta Augusta, ME
Instructional Designer


Coordinated activities and services of the Faculty Development Center
Assisted faculty throughout the University of Maine System in-person and virtually with course design and technical considerations for online and blended course delivery
Prepared learning objects, including training materials and documentation to support the use of instructional technologies by students, faculty, and staff
Organized, developed, promoted, and presented seminars, conferences, webinars, and workshops for University of Maine System faculty and staff
Collaborated with professionals throughout the University of Maine System to improve the supports available to faculty
Stayed up to date on best practices and emerging trends in educational technology and distance education

  2008 – 2014 Wiscasset School Department/RSU#12 Wiscasset, ME
Adult Education Director


Identified and secured $908,688 in federal, state, and private foundation grants & contracts
Increased adult basic education enrollment by 100% & overall budget over 50% in six years
Co-authored Adult Education Directors Handbook with Maine Department of Education
Collaborated, coordinated, & initiated partnerships with regional career, social, & educational agencies and local businesses
Developed and maintained web site, marketing materials, and other publications
Taught computer classes online, in person, and in a hybrid format using Blackboard, Moodle, & RCampus
Managed Career Pathways, Adult Basic Education, High School Completion, Corrections Education, Family Literacy, College Transitions, Workforce Training, & Enrichment programs
Supervised and evaluated faculty and staff
Conducted ongoing professional development on educational technology, career pathways, and student development theories
Developed curriculum for Office Skills Certificate Program and additional workforce development programming based upon community needs
Managed expenses and grant funding, supply requisitions, payroll, & development of  annual budget, and reporting of expenditures to funders

  2001 – 2003 Archbishop Williams High School Braintree, MA
Instructional Technology Specialist


Developed and facilitated technology professional development programs for teachers and staff
Administered use of all computer and network technology
Collaborated with teachers individually to create curriculum units that utilized technology in the following ways: Web site evaluation; Internet and library database research; Student- and teacher-created PowerPoint presentations; Synchronous and asynchronous communication; File sharing; Students as multimedia designers
Taught technology skills class to all freshmen
Planned for strategic development of Instructional Technology program
Wrote, implemented, and reported on technology grant programs
Developed and administered the school web site

Professional Service

University of Maine

  • Graduate student writing group lead

Association for Educational Communications and Technology

  • Graduate Student Assembly Communications Officer
  • Learner Engagement Division Board Member
  • Learner Engagement Division GSA Representative
  • Graduate Student Assembly webinar committee

University of Maine at Augusta

  • Faculty Institute Planning Committee
  • VOICES Career Development Program Planning Committee
  • Civic Engagement Steering Committee
  • Guide to Online Achievement in Learning Planning Committee
  • Remote Proctoring Pilot Committee


University of Maine

  • Dan Sandweiss Graduate Student Advocacy Award, 2021

Association for Educational Communications and Technology

  • Learner Engagement Division Outstanding Contribution Award, 2021
  • Learner Engagement Division Outstanding Contribution Award, 2022


Fensie, A., St. Pierre, T., Jain, J., & Sezen-Barrie, A. (2023). Engaged learning during distraction: A case study of successful working moms in distance education. Journal of Computing in Higher Education.

Fensie, A. (2023). A Conceptual Model for Meeting the Needs of Adult Learners in Distance Education and E-LearningInternational Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning.

Fensie, A. (2023). Data-Informed Course Improvement: The Application of Learning Engineering in the Classroom [Paper presentation]. 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences – ICLS 2023.

Fensie, A. (2023). Inclusion Possibilities. TechTrends.

Fensie, A. (2023). A conceptual model for meeting the needs of adult learners in distance education. In D. Guralnick, M. E. Auer, & A. Poce (Eds.), Innovative Approaches to Technology-Enhanced Learning for the Workplace and Higher Education: Proceedings of ‘The Learning Ideas Conference’ 2022 (Vol. 581, pp. 136–149). Springer International Publishing.

Fensie, A., Gill, P., Rogowski, A., Bellnier, K., Flynn Stidham, S., Jones, M. K., Wiley, L. M., St. Pierre, T., Alicea, M., Wehr, K., Clark-Stallkamp, R., Krieger, J. M., O’Mahoney, A., Stallford, L., Budhrani, K., Mazlan, N. H., & Avci, H. (2022, October). The study of adult learners in distance education: A scoping review of the literature. 45th Annual AECT Proceedings. Association for Educational Communications and Technology Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Fensie, A., Jain, J., & St. Pierre, T. (2021, November 21). Adults in distance education: A multimodal approach to understanding learner engagement [Conference session]. 6th International Symposium on Education, V-Story Campus, Gwangju, South Korea.

Fensie, A., Jain, J., & St. Pierre, T. (2021, November 2-6). Adults in distance education: A multimodal approach to understanding learner engagement [Paper presentation]. 44th Annual AECT Proceedings, Volume 1, Chicago, IL, United States.

Fensie, A. & Sezen-Barrie, A. (2021). Embodied discourse analysis of online student study sessions: A novel method of screen recording research. In E. de Vries, J. Ahn, & Y. Hod (Eds.), 15th International Conference of the Learning Sciences – ICLS 2021 (pp. 931–932). International Society of the Learning Sciences, 2021.

Fensie, A. (2010, April 19). Is a degree for every Maine worker possible? Mainebiz. Retrieved from


Transitioned faculty to new LMS at University of Maine at Farmington, 2020

Instructional design and development consulting for University of New England Interprofessional Education Collaborative, 2015, 2017