These materials were made possible by collaboration across many units at Michigan State University and with Okemos Public Schools. Contributing authors from MSU include faculty and staff from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Arts and Letters, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, College of Education, Eli Broad College of Business, The Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology, College of Natural Science, MSU Information Technology, MSU Libraries, and the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities. 

Contributing Authors

Jason Archer

As Director of the M.A. Strategic Communications program, Jason collaborates with an amazing team across departments to help build an integrated digital and social media campaigns to attract domestic and international students, and engage alumni and industry alliances to generate interest and enrollment in the program. He also works with faculty on course development and design as well as teach in the program. Jason previously served as Vice President for Marketing for Media Fusion – a tech startup in San Antonio, TX. He also has been a course designer and adjunct instructor for over ten years in the Department of Communication and Media at Spring Arbor University. Before those roles, He had the privilege of leading global reorganization and rebranding of Free Methodist Church USA and their global communications department, Light & Life Communications as the Executive Director of Communication.

Stacy Bailey

Stacy BaileyStacy Bailey is the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction at the Okemos Public Schools. In her role, she oversees the curriculum and instructional programming for the district with a focus on educational equity. Prior to coming to the Okemos Public Schools, she worked for seven years in Tecumseh, Michigan as a 3rd Grade Teacher, an Elementary Principal, and Director of Learning. Her career has included diverse teaching experiences, including her work as a Title I Teacher, a Junior High Alternative Education teacher and in a year-round elementary school in North Carolina. She is a member of the Michigan Continuous Improvement Facilitators Network, serving on the Steering Committee for the 2020-21 school year. She holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University and a BA in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University. She is a certified teacher and K-12 school administrator in the state of Michigan.

Liz Owens Boltz

Liz Owens Boltz is an assistant professor and co-director of the Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program at Michigan State University. The MAET program supports educators as they integrate technology creatively and purposefully in their teaching and learning. Liz has been teaching online for MAET for about 6 ½ years, and has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Educational Psychology from MSU.

Brittany Dillman

Brittany DillmanBrittany is the Director of Graduate Certificate Programs for the Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) program within the College of Education at MSU. She is a former middle school mathematics teacher turned doctoral student turned online educator.


Luca Giupponi

Luca Giupponi (M.A., Iowa State University) is the Program Coordinator for the MSU Online Language Teaching Initiative, the Technology Director for the Mellon-funded LCTL Partnership at the Center for Language Teaching Advancement, as well as the Educational Technology Coordinator at the English Language Center. He is a doctoral student in the Instructional Systems Technology program at Indiana University, and he is interested in investigating issues of online faculty development and quality in online instruction.

Kevin Henley

Kevin V. Henley is an Instructional Designer with over 22 years of experience working in IT and Educational Technology at MSU. He currently works as a member of the MSU IT Digital Experience team specializing in accessibility and educational technology. Kevin graduated from the U.S. Naval Nuclear Power Program as a Reactor Operator and nuclear qualified Electronics Technician, received his Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and a Master of Arts in Media & Technology with a focus in Design Research and Serious (educational) Games.

David Howe

David Howe studied ecology and science education as a graduate student. He has taught courses face-to-face and online, and in informal education settings. At MSU, he provides support to instructors in issues of pedagogy and education technology.


Summer Issawi

Summer Issawi has enjoyed spending her entire career within education. As a Learning Experience Designer, she collaborates with educators to design learning and development experiences that maximize potential. Through empathy, inspiration, design, and assessment she creates a more holistic and user-centered approach focused on principles of universal design for learning.

Leslie Johnson

Leslie Johnson

Leslie Johnson is the Assistant Director for the MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities. Her main role is focusing on Assistive Technology and Accessibility for the MSU community. She works with MSU students and staff with disabilities to assess needs, determine assistive technology solutions, provide assistive technology training and support, as well as staying on top of technology trends and bringing innovative technology to MSU. Leslie also serves on several committees at MSU that focus on advancing accessibility and growing awareness to make MSU accessible for all.

Jessica Knott

Jessica KnottJessica Knott holds a BA in Journalism, an MA in Education, and a Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, all from Michigan State University. She has worked in digital spaces since 1998, spanning the private and academic sectors, has led nationally- recognized networking, professional development, design and facilitation projects, and am deeply involved in her local community. Project management and strategic rhetoric make her giddy, and learning new things is a favorite. Her scholarly interests include community-engaged experience research, strategic assessment practices, shifting literacies in the digital-social age, and how UX and service design methods have the potential to transform the student experience in higher education and beyond.

Rashad Muhammad

rashad muhammadThey call him Rashad Muhammad, developer of technology-enhanced learning solutions. He can dance in a forest of complexity without being mired by the weeds. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunication focusing on Information Technology Systems and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology. He has played a key role in developing the training strategy for MSU’s HR and Financial systems, the campus-wide adoption of Zoom Webinar, and has worked in conjunction with MSU IT to promote instructional uses of technology. In the Hub, he is a key contributor on the AT&T Instructional Technology Competition, #iTeachMSU Teaching Commons, and Science Gallery Detroit. When he isn’t developing human-centered learning solutions, you may find him playing dominoes with your grandmother, dancing at your best friend’s cousin’s graduation party, playing in the park with his children, or trying to beat himself in a game of pool.

Nick Noel

Nick Noel is an Instructional Designer with Michigan State University Information Technology. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media and Political Science from Eastern Michigan University, and a master’s in Educational Technology from Michigan State University.

Candace Robertson

As a former middle school teacher and 1:1 instructional technology coach, Candace utilizes technology as the medium to facilitate conversation about creative and meaningful pedagogical approaches across content areas. In her current role as the Assistant Director of Student Experience and Outreach for the Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) Program, Candace focuses on designing and improving the online, hybrid, and fully face-to-face experience of MAET students. Additionally, she works with teacher leaders and schools to develop and co-facilitate ed tech professional development that meets their needs.

Scott Schopieray

Dr. Scott Schopieray is Assistant Dean for Academic and Research Technology at the Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters. He also serves as Associate Director of MESH Research, a center focusing on digital scholarly publishing. In his position, he works to support digital infrastructure and methods for teaching, learning, and research across the arts and humanities. Current research areas are in high-impact/high-quality online teaching methods, faculty motivation to teach online, and processes for open digital scholarly publishing. Dr. Schopieray has previously worked as Asst. Director of the Center for Teaching and Technology at the MSU College of Education, an instructional designer with the MSU Virtual University Design and Technology group, professional web designer, and a Digital Writing Consultant at the MSU Writing Center. Scott brings over 20 years of experience working with the design and construction of online courses, educational websites, and offering professional development at the K12 and Higher Ed levels. He is an active participant in educational technology professional organizations at the local, state, and national levels. More information available at

Jessica Sender

Jessica Sender is the librarian for the College of Nursing at Michigan State University. In addition to her Master in Library Science (MLS), she also holds a Master of Education Technology (MET), with a certificate in Online Learning, from Boise State University, and has held positions as an instructional technologist in various academic libraries. She collaborates with faculty, staff, and students in the College of Nursing to support research and education at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level, and in face to face, hybrid, and online programs.

Kate Sonka

Kate Sonka is the Assistant Director of Academic Technology at the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University (MSU) and the Executive Director of Teach Access. Sonka holds an M.Ed. in Bilingual/Bicultural Education and a TESOL certificate from DePaul University. She improves teaching and learning with technology through course design and support, experiential learning, and training and mentorship for faculty members and students. In exploring how accessibility exists in professional and academic spaces, she helped establish the Teach Access Study Away Silicon Valley program, implemented the Teach Access Faculty Curriculum Development Grant program, and founded the Accessible Learning Conference at MSU.

Stephen Thomas

Stephen is a faculty member and the Associate Director for the Center for Integrative Studies in General Science at Michigan State University and the Digital Curriculum Coordinator for the College of Natural Science. For his bachelor’s degree from Denison University, he majored in Biology and minored in Art. This interest in the science/art intersection continued into graduate school as he freelanced as a biological illustrator while earning his masters and Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology and Entomology. Since coming to MSU, his focus has shifted from virulence of fungal pathogens of gypsy moths to visual communication of science in formal and informal settings and the use of technology in teaching. Stephen has worked on projects such as the use of comics to reduce subject anxiety in non-major science courses, the development of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to teach general science, and augmented reality and kiosk games to engage visitors in science museums. One of his more recent projects, Drawing to Learn Biology, is looking at how to foster community-generated visual curriculum for science instruction. Stephen has developed and/or taught ten courses at MSU (5 completely online, 2 hybrid, and 3 face-to-face), and he has worked as a freelance curriculum developer for various publishers. When not working online, he plays the banjo, knits random things, and draws comics…not necessarily in that order.

Daniel Trego

Daniel is an Educational Media & Design Specialist at Michigan State University. He works with students and faculty to design effective media for teaching and learning and is passionate about storytelling with a focus on empowering others to create and share their own experiences.

Jeremy Van Hof

Dr. Jeremy Van Hof is Director of Learning Technology and Development at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. In that capacity he oversees accessibility, instructional design, and pedagogy initiatives for online, blended, and face-to-face courses. Before joining the Broad College he worked at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as the Assistant Director of Academic Technologies. Prior to that he worked for 11 years as a high school English and journalism teacher in Grand Ledge, Michigan and DeWitt, Michigan. He is program chair of the Accessible Learning Conference at Michigan State, past chair of the Big Ten Academic Alliance Learning Technologies Liaisons Committee, and past president of the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Master’s in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University, a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University, and a BA in English education from Michigan State University. He is a certified secondary English and journalism teacher in the state of Michigan.

Sarah Wellman

Sarah started work at MSU in August 2019, and has been working in higher education since 2010. She holds an A.A.S in Construction Technology from Bay Mills Community College, a B.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in Graphic Design as well as a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, an M.A. in Educational Technology and Graduate Certificate in College Teaching from Central Michigan University. She also has experience as an online adjunct instructor at Bay Mills Community College teaching various computer, art history and native studies courses.

Valeta Wensloff

Valeta Wensloff is the Undergraduate Director for the Department of Media & Information. She’s also a producer for the fully-online Master of Arts program in Strategic Communication ( In that role, she helps faculty get their course content online, organized, and aligned with learning outcomes.