ELO Research Team

Alicia Jenner
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Alicia Jenner is an instructional support specialist in Iowa State University’s Engineering-LAS Online Learning (ELO) department. Her research interests include the use of lecture capture technology in higher education, online pedagogical approaches, and online course design and development. In her current position, she provides instructional and technical support to students and instructors for online courses in the colleges of engineering and liberal arts and sciences using lecture capture technology. She holds a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instructional Technology from Iowa State University.

Contact: amjenner@iastate.edu

Ann Thompson

Dr. Ann D. Thompson, University Professor Emerita at Iowa State University, has devoted her career to designing, studying and implementing effective uses of technology in education. She is the Founding Director of the Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching at Iowa State University and has been involved in preservice teacher preparation and educational technology research and development for more than 30 years. In June, 2011 Technology and Learning magazine named her one of its “10 most influential people in ed tech for 2011.” She is c urrently pursuing initiatives in technology pedagogical content knowledge, technology professional development, and technology in teacher education. She developed the Technology Mentoring Program in the College of Education at Iowa State University that is recognized as a national model. She is a past president of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), co-editor of The Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, and has led grant supported projects totaling more than $5 million. She was elected to the Iowa Academy of Education in 2001. She is the author of more than 70 refereed journal articles, 3 books, and numerous book chapters.

Contact: eat@iastate.edu

Darshana Juvale

With a Master of Science degree in Education with an emphasis on Curriculum and Instructional Technology, Darshana Juvale have been employed at Engineering-LAS Online Learning, Iowa State University for past nine years bringing applied experience in designing, developing and facilitating faulty to design online and blended courses. Currently, she is working as Instructional Development Coordinator collaborating with Iowa State faculty to help determine appropriate pedagogical approaches to asynchronous online courses following best practices and instructional design principles. Her current general areas of interest include instructional design, faculty development and blended/flipped learning approach.

Contact: darshana@iastate.edu

Emmanuel Saka

Emmanuel Saka is a Ph.D. student in Human-Computer Interaction at ISU. Emmanuel works as an Instructional Design at ELO. His research interest includes; mobile learning, user experience design, creativity, blended and asynchronous online learning and teaching.

Contact: esaka@iastate.edu

Jacob Petersen

With a Master of Arts degree in Teaching Learning and Teacher Education with an emphasis on Literacy, Language, and Culture, Jacob has been employed with Engineering-LAS Online Learning at Iowa State University since 2015.  His general areas of interest include multicultural education, online learning, instructional design, and faculty development.

Contact: jacobp1@iastate.edu

Jiaqi Yu

Is a Graduate Assistant at ELO Design & Development, 3rd-year Ph.D. student major in Curriculum & Instructional Technology, co-major in Human Computer Interaction. Her research interests are focusing on instructional design, online and blended learning, and program evaluation.

Contact: jiaqiyu@iastate.edu

Kadir Karakaya

Kadir Karakaya is a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Linguistics and Technology (ALT) in the Department of English at Iowa State University. Currently, he works as an instructional designer at Engineering-LAS Online Learning (ELO) at Iowa State. His research interests lie primarily in blended and asynchronous online learning, instructional design, teacher education, and the intersection of language and technology. As an applied linguist, he is also interested in corpus linguistics, English for Academic Purposes, Systemic Functional Linguistics, and learner writing development. In his role as an instructional designer, he designs and develops blended and online courses with faculty members from various disciplines.Contact: karakaya@iastate.edu
Nadia Jaramillo-Cherrez

Nadia Jaramillo Cherrez is a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instructional Technology at Iowa State University, with a co-major in Human Computer Interaction, and a minor in Applied Linguistics and Technology. Her research interests include second language education and assessment, curriculum development, online and blended learning, and emerging technologies for second language teaching and learning. Currently, Nadia works as an instructional designer-teaching assistant in the Engineering and Liberal Arts Online Learning Unit. Her major responsibilities involve assisting faculty in the design and implementation of their online or blended courses.Contact: nadiaj@iastate.edu
Pinar Arpaci

Pinar Arpaci’s research interests lie in adult education, use of technology in human capital development, and asynchronous and blended courses. Pinar is a PhD candidate in Curriculum and Instructional Technology at ISU and also has an MS degree in Economics with a Labor Economics focus.

Contact: pinar@iastate.edu

Rema Nilakanta

Rema Nilakanta is the director of ELO’s Design and Delivery unit. Her research interests lie in developing and studying innovative pedagogies and design processes that democratize learning in online and blended environments. Rema is also interested in researching and developing processes to help faculty teach online. Rema has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instructional Technology from ISU and a Master’s in German from Rice University, Houston.

Contact: rema@iastate.edu

Ritushree Chatterjee
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Ritushree Chatterjee is an Instructional Development Specialist at ELO. In her five years of association with ELO, she has collaborated with faculty transitioning into online/blended learning format with pedagogical, instructional and technical approaches and solutions. Broadly, her research interest lies in faculty development, online and blended course design, online alternate assessment approaches and innovative instructional design practices. She has a masters in Environmental Science and a second masters in Education, specializing in Curriculum and Instructional Technology.

Contact: ritu@iastate.edu