The Learning Innovation team at Peabody promotes and supports learning innovation across the Peabody Institute by helping our students to learn more efficiently and effectively; providing faculty support and development opportunities; and helping Peabody to reach a wider learner community. We provide in-person and online teaching and learning consultation and support, including instructional design, educational technology, and educational media.

Our team works closely with faculty and other leaders throughout Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHMI) to develop initiatives and working relationships, and to collaborate on cross-divisional resource sharing. We are available online or in our offices on the 1st floor of the Arthur Friedheim Library during open office hours and by appointment.

Our Services

Online and Hybrid Learning

We work with faculty to develop online and hybrid coursework and programs, collaborate with Hopkins colleagues and external institutions to promote best practice at Peabody, and support school-level strategies for online education.

Learning Technologies

We promote and support the innovative and effective use of technology to enhance teaching and learning regardless of delivery mode.

Learning Communities

We provide support and frameworks for faculty-led learning communities, identify areas where faculty networks could thrive, and recruit faculty to lead in areas where skills and desire align.

Research and Evaluation

We provide support for the research and evaluation of learning design and strategies, and facilitate the identification and collection of data to support assessment of learning initiatives.

Faculty Development

We provide 1-1 and group opportunities for faculty on pedagogical best practices and the implementation of learning technologies, covering areas of need identified both by faculty and by the institution.


As we work with our community to adapt and continue to teach and learn during the pandemic and beyond, please visit our resources at peabody.jhu.edu/keepteaching (for faculty) or peabody.jhu.edu/keeplearning (for students). These resources include our Faculty Guides to Accessibility, Flexible Course Design, Academic Instruction, Zoom, and Applied Instruction, as well as Student Guides to Learning Remotely, Using Zoom, and Online Learning Tools. The resources also contain information on Accessing the Library Remotely, Faculty Spotlights from the last few years, and archival recordings of Institute Studies’ Lunch and Learn series

The Learning Innovation team has collaborated closely with divisions from across JHU to conceive of and implement the Hopkins Universal Design for Learning (HUDL) initiative. HUDL provides faculty with guidelines and support for integrating Universal Design for Learning with minimal effort and high impact, with the potential to significantly affect the JHU community while fulfilling the University’s mission, “To educate its students and cultivate their capacity for lifelong learning, to foster independent and original research, and to bring the benefits of discovery to the world.” Visit the HUDL website to learn more.

Open Office Hours

Learning Innovation hosts open office hours each week simultaneously via Zoom and on-site.

Hours: 10am – noon EST Mondays and Thursdays
Location: Visit askLI on Zoom or our offices on the 1st floor of the Arthur Friedheim Library.

Individual and group consultations are also available at other times by appointment. Schedule a consultation with us.

Who We Are

Joseph Montcalmo
Director of Learning Innovation

Joe has spent over 20 years building, developing, deploying, and teaching educational content, courses, and programs. He has created online learning business plans for multiple universities; participated in the creation of 30+ online/hybrid degree programs and hundreds of courses; has experience with learning space design and theory; and teaches online at the graduate level. Joe has presented on topics including effective collaboration, pedagogy, integration of technology into teaching and learning, action research, and approaches to successful leadership. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Master of Business Administration with a focus on Management and Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.