Gear Learning is part of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Education


Graduate Researcher


  • Research Methods
  • Writing
  • Instructional Design
  • Training & Facilitation
  • Collaboration

My name is Tiffany Herder and I am a graduate researcher for Gear Learning. Prior to coming to UW, I worked in online learning as a curriculum and instructional designer. I dedicated my work to removing barriers to learning and designing interactive, engaging, and fun learning experiences aligned with purposeful, relevant outcomes. I love the excitement of brainstorming new ideas for learning experiences and the thrill of seeing those visions coming to life. I am currently a graduate student in the Learning Sciences program. I am really interested in integrating empirical research strategies into the design process and uncovering the affordances and constraints of games as an effective medium for learning.


  • Grow the Region Interactive Simulation
  • Active Shooter Interactive Training
  • Adaptive College Algebra Redesign
  • General Education Curriculum Redesign
  • Accelerated Human Services Program Design

Playing Now

  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole
  • Little Nightmares
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Mario Odyssey


  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Child of Light
  • Adventures in the Magic Kingdom
  • The Cave
  • Ms. Pacman