Faculty Profile

Natalya Koehler, Ph.D.

Instructional Designer



Natalya received a MS in Civil Engineering from Krivoy Rog Mining Institute (Ukraine), a BA in EFL from Kiev Linguistic University (Ukraine), and an MS and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction and Human Computer Interaction from Iowa State University in 2012. Her dissertation was a three published papers dissertation on research-based design of interactive multimedia for solving instructional problems. During the 2012 -2013 she was a Postdoctoral Researcher with the College of Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames mainly working on the development a framework for the online portion of a hybrid engineering course. She managed the design and development team of undergraduate and graduate students focused on the development of blended learning solutions, building templates for rapid e-learning design and development, teaching instructional and multimedia instructional design and software applications to graduate and undergraduate students, rapid prototyping, pilot testing and formative assessments of the designed materials through surveying and tracking technology.

In 2013 she joined Franklin University as a faculty, and since then she is an instructional design faculty and the lead faculty for the MTHD 824 Mixed Methods Research course.

Research/Scholarship Recognition

AECT Research and Theory Division, Outstanding Journal Article Award (2011).

Iowa State University, Research Excellence Award (2012).

Franklin University, Innovation in Research in Higher Education Award (2016).

Franklin University, Learning Core Value Showcase Award (2016).


Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa)
Doctor of Philosophy, Education and Human Computer Interaction
Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa)
Master of Science, Education
Kyiv State Linguistic University (Ukraine)
Bachelor of Arts, Foreign Language Instruction
Krivoy Rog Mining Institute (Ukraine)
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering
Krivoy Rog Mining Institute (Ukraine)
Master of Science, Civil Engineering


Protecting Human Research Participants Certification, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research

Work Experience

2013 - Present
Franklin University, Instructional Designer

Publications & Presentations

Koehler, N., Koehler Ph.D., N., Correia, A., Alpay, N., & LeVally, L. (2018). Determining the Cognitive Value of Online Interactive Multimedia in Statistics Education. Computers Supported Education, June, 2018, pp. 138-153. Switzerland: Springer International. https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/978-3-319-94640-5.pdf
Koehler, N., & Correia, A. (2017, Apr. 21). How to Create and Sustain Meaningful Discussions in Online Courses?. 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Porto, Portugal.
Alpay, N., Koehler, N., Correia, A., & Levally, C. (2017, Apr. 21). Formative evaluation of a web-based multimedia intervention to support learning of statistics. 9th International Conference of Computer Supported Education, Porto, Portugal.
Koehler, N., Alpay, N., Pamela, R., Levally, C., & Washington, T. (2016, Nov. 14). Redesigning a Statistical Concepts course to improve retention, satisfaction, and success rates of non-traditional undergraduate students. World Conference on E-Learning (AACE- E-Learn 2016), Washington, D.C..
Koehler, N., & Igonor, A. (2016, Dec. 31). Designing for changing Cyber Security and Computer Science (CSCS) student demographics. 2016 Innovations in Teaching & Learning conference, Columbus, Ohio.
Koehler, N., & Alpay, N. (2016, Oct. 7). Designing Online Software for Teaching the Concept of Variable that Facilitates Mental Interaction with the Material. the 2016 Franklin University Learning Showcase: A Day of discovery, Columbus, Ohio.
Koehler, N., & Alpay, N. (2016, Oct. 7). Results of a Successful Redesign of an Introductory Statistics Course: Improved Students Performance, Retention and Course Satisfaction. the 2016 Franklin University Learning Showcase: A Day of discovery, Columbus, Ohio.
Koehler, N., Alpay, N., Levalley, C., & Washington, T. (2016, May. 21). Redesigning Statistics Lessons for Student Success: A Case Study. 2016 Ohio-PKAL Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
Koehler, N., & Alpay, N. (2016, Feb. 9). Improved Student Retention and Success in Math 215 Statistical Concepts: Reporting the Results of Recent Course Redesign. Ohio Educational Technology Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
Alpay, N., & Koehler, N. (2016, Oct. 7). Design implications of changing student demographics. 2016 Franklin University Learning Showcase: A Day of Discovery, Columbus, Ohio.
Gardner, J., Koehler, N., Kong, Y., Wood, R., & N/A, N. (2015, Jun. 4). How to Design an Excellent Course. Columbus, Ohio.
Koehler, N., Alpay, N., & Levalley, C. (2015, Dec. 31). Course redesign for improved student retention & success: Reporting results from Math 215. Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
Mallen, J., Jahren, C., Koehler, N., & Karabulut, A. (2014, Jun. 18). Workflow for the development of online content for a hybrid learning course. 121st ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, IN.
Koehler, N., Alpay, N., Reid, A., Prendergast, M., & Thomas, S. (2014, Dec. 31). New Products and Improvements in Math215. Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2015, Columbus, Ohio.
Koehler, N., & N/A, J. (2013, Jun. 25). Development of a Framework for the Online Portion of a Hybrid Engineering Course. 120th ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta.
Koehler, N., Thompson, A., Correia, A., Phye, G., & Sullivan, A. (2012, Apr. 16). Design Study of Interactive Formative Assessment Software for Teaching Gas Laws Using PhET Simulation. American Educational Research Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Koehler, N., Thompson, A., Correia, A., Phye, G., & Hagedorn , L. (2012, Apr. 14). An Interactive Multimedia Instructional Program on Statistics: an Instance of Design-Based research.. American Educational Research Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Koehler, N., Hagedorn, L., Thompson , A., & Graham, R. (2011, Nov. 10). Investigating Types of Feedback on a Web-Based Multimedia Instructional Program. Association for Educational Communications and Technology International Convention, Jacksonville, FL.
Koehler, N., Thompson, A., & Phye, K. (2010, May. 1). Students Experiences with a Multimedia Instructional Program Based on Mayer's Multimedia Learning Theory: Design Implications. American Educational Research Association 2010 Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
Koehler, N., Thompson, A., & Shah, K. (2009, Mar. 6). Pilot Study of a Multimedia Instructional Program for Project-Based Teaching ESL Grammar with a Story Format, Online Access, and Embedded Tracking Technology. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education 2009 International Conference (SITE 2009), Charleston, SC.