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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 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, please visit our resources at (for faculty) or (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 year, and archival recordings of Institute Studies’ Lunch and Learn series from the 2020-2021 academic year.

Open Office Hours

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

Hours for Fall 2021 Semester:
10am – 12pm 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 time 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.

Valerie Hartman
Senior Instructional Designer

Valerie has worked in higher education in demanding positions across Johns Hopkins University. Solid editing and visual design skills, reinforced with a strong background in pedagogy and technology, allow her to present key messages with clarity and style rooted in best practice. She partners with faculty to create learning experiences that motivate students, improve comprehension, and foster the application of new skills. She earned a BBA in finance and management from the University of Houston and a Master’s in professional writing from Towson University. She is currently working towards a doctorate in Instructional Technology at Towson University with research interests in active learning, neuroeducation, and universal design for learning.

Martine Richards
Senior Instructional Technologist

Martine has over ten years of experience working in higher education in public, private, and for-profit institutions, which has allowed her to develop diverse skills and provide alternative viewpoints to facilitate creative problem-solving. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Gender and Women’s Studies with a minor in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. At Peabody, Martine is our primary learning systems administrator and our resident problem solver.