Read below to find out about the NYU IT instructional technologists, and what they are doing to enhance education with technology.
Kacie Cleary is a Senior eLearning Specialist in IT focusing on NYU Classes to support teaching and learning. She holds a Masters of Art degree in Adult Education and Communications Technology and has been working in academic technology for eight years. In addition to training and conducting a variety of workshops on pedagogy and technology in education she also specializes in learning management systems including Sakai, Blackboard and Canvas.
Zach works in the Digital Scholarship Services department at NYU Libraries and provides consultation, project management, and other services for NYU faculty and students interested in incorporating digital humanities and publishing methods in their research and teaching.
Rob is the Tool Owner for many services offered through NYU Classes and has been in the team since December 2014. Rob has worked with the Sakai Learning Management System (which runs NYU Classes) before joining NYU and currently has seven years of experience working with the LMS.
Scott has an extensive background as a teacher, largely of writing and English literature, which has led to a career working with faculty as they think through the role of technology in their courses. He is particularly interested in how online spaces can create new modes of collaboration and how games and other narrative methods can improve student experiences. He is working on a PhD in Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center, and has an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Washington.
Sharon is an educational designer with a focus on public health, bioethics, and special video projects. Since arriving at NYU, she has worked closely with faculty to conceptualize and design curriculum for online and hybrid teaching environments. Prior to working in educational design, Sharon was a journalist and documentary filmmaker for NOVA, the American Museum of Natural History, and ABC News among others. She was awarded a Knight Science Journalism fellowship at MIT from 2000-2001. She earned an MA in Journalism from NYU, and a BA in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Michigan.
Ofelia is an educational designer, researcher and technologist with 10+ years of experience working in community, post-secondary, and online learning environments. Her passion is in leveraging educational design to catalyze positive social action, particularly as relates to issues of sustainability and resilience. Other interests include educational technology, emerging technologies, consumer attitude + behavior change, urban agriculture, and the use of technology in crisis response. Throughout her career, Ofelia has held various positions on projects for a number of incredible organizations, and has had the honor and opportunity to work with some of the world's leading experts in fields such as educational research, disaster preparedness, event production, and multimedia storytelling.
Renee is an educational designer who is passionate about making the classroom experience engaging, innovative, and creative for students and faculty alike. Previously she worked in course development at Sotheby’s Institute of Art and the CUNY School of Professional Studies. Renee holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and a graduate degree with a focus on pre-Columbian art from the Graduate Center, CUNY.
Kristopher has been working with NYU faculty for over 8 years helping instructors develop new and progressive teaching strategies. My focus is within curriculum & content design for multimedia. Designing new and dynamic approaches when building content for mobile and distant learning.
Anandi Nagarajan is the Assistant Director of Instructional & Interactive Design at NYUIT. Her team specializes in Educational Design Technology, Media Production, and Interactive Development and facilitates the design and implementation of technology enhanced initiatives across the university in collaboration with faculty from all schools at NYU. She has an Ed. M in Learning, Cognition & Development and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Rutgers University, where she has designed and taught numerous courses in face-to- face, hybrid, and online settings. She continues to serve as an adjunct instructor at Rutgers and Indiana University. Her research in teaching and instructional design focuses on combining optimal models of instructional pedagogy with effective and efficient technologies in order to maximize opportunities for active student engagement. Her main areas of expertise are in problem-based learning, formative assessment strategies and active learning methods. She serves on the doctoral research committee of students at Rutgers, conducts manuscript reviews for several research publications, and volunteers for organizations like Educause, Online Learning Consortium, and American Educational Research Association.
Devin has been with NYU IT since 2007, where he has worked with instructors and students on most of the learning technologies and collaboration tools offered by the university. Devin can be found most days at the Digital Studio in Bobst Library, working with instructors, students, and researchers on workflows, special projects, and course content redesign and digitization.
Erica is a designer and educator who focuses on providing ways to empower faculty in effectively integrating technology and pedagogy to enhance their teaching and learning. Her skills include instructional design and interaction design and she consults on courses, projects and services to support teaching and learning.
Flora is an educational designer who helps faculty and administrators adapt to educational technologies that enhance teaching and learning for their specific courses. Flora has 16+ years of customer service experience in various industries and 8+ years teaching people how to use various technologies. Flora is currently working towards a Masters of Science in Integrated Digital Media at Tandon School of Engineering.
Elisa Rincon is Senior eLearning Specialist assisting faculty, students, and staff with NYU Classes. Elisa has demonstrated leadership in LMS service management since 2011. Elisa has a Masters degree in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy from NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
I have been working on the NYU Classes team since 2012. Since joining the team, I have had the opportunity to be the training and support lead. Currently I am the service lead for NYU Classes. I'm heavily involved with Clickers, Web Conferencing, and SCORM support. I also manage the student workers and assist with clients that come into the Digital Studio looking for help.
Malik uses web tools and multimedia to enhance instruction. His background in web production informs his work in interactive content development.
Courtney is an education designer with a focus on universal design and user experience. She enjoys managing projects and collaborating with faculty to redesign their course materials for an online environment and audience. Prior to joining the NYU, she developed educational software as part of a start-up, StraightAce, and with a large global company, Pearson. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Natural Science and Mathematics from Lesley University and a Masters of Arts in Politics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia.
Paula started her career at NYU in 2013. She has a background in educational technology, educational design, project and product management, and editorial work. Paula earned an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an AB from Princeton University.