Kes Schroer joined the Dartmouth EdTech group as an instructional designer this month. We sat down with Kes to find out more about her background and her current work at Dartmouth. Stop by and visit Kes at EdTech’s location in Baker/Berry library!
First, how do you pronounce your name?
It's Kes as in "yes" and Schroer as in "door."
Where were you working before Dartmouth?
This is actually my second role at Dartmouth! I was recently a postdoctoral fellow at Dartmouth’s Neukom Institute for Computational Sciences. Neukom encouraged me to build and teach my own course, and along the way I sort of fell in love with my students and with teaching. I wanted to be able to work with students full time, so I switched to a career in instructional design.
What will your role be at Dartmouth?
As part of the instructional design team, I’ll be crafting new experiences for our students and their instructors. One of my big opportunities this year will be directing the Learning Fellows Program, where experienced undergraduates get the chance to teach as near-peer instructors in the classroom. I’ll be working hand-in-hand with our Fellows throughout their training and course time.
What apps and tools do you rely on in your work and personal life?
Great, great question. I am all about new productivity methods. If I had to pick one…it would be Habitica right now. It’s ridiculous. It’s worth it. It’s an online role-playing game that rewards you for completing tasks and building new habits. I honestly wouldn’t floss every day if I didn’t have Habitica. I assign myself different points for hard tasks, easy tasks, and I can use my points to buy cute little digital pets and a new wardrobe. The best part is that it keeps me in contact with my friends from Chicago, because we all play as a team.
What everyday thing are you?
Your coffee. I get you excited about things and I’m always there for you when you need me.
What’s your superpower?
Selective memory. Okay, stick with me here. There’s always rough patches in life, in work, with people. We can let the rough patches build up and affect our work, our relationships. But if we choose to forget the frustrating parts and focus on the rewarding parts, then we can keep moving forward. I think we have to start everyday fresh.
What do you find fun about summer?
Swimming. Lots and lots of swimming.
Who inspires you?
Argh, I want to lie, but I can’t lie. I’m a huge Nick Cave fan. He’s a singer/songwriter/poet/novelist, and he works like a machine. He writes every day from 9-5, no exceptions. He chooses a new challenge for every album or book he writes. He’s worked diligently through illness, two painful family deaths, and a lot of heartache. Cave is unstoppable. That’s who I want to be.