Who We Are

Staff

alex-d Alexandra Deschamps - Manager, Instructional Innovation

Alex Deschamps oversees the Instructional Media Lab; the University’s front-line support for instructional technology use by faculty, lecturers, and teaching assistants. Alex's expertise includes quizzing, grade book, and Excel.
brad Brad Turner - Manager, Instructional Innovation

Brad's work focuses on assisting instructors with transforming the "traditional" classroom into a more engaging and active learning and teaching space. Some of the many services, projects, and initiatives he works on include Echo360 lecture capture technology, i>Clicker audience response, peer evaluation, classroom video conferencing, iBooks & iTunes U, and untethering from the lectern with mobile devices. Brad also has extensive experience designing and creating multimedia learning and teaching materials, including books, graphics, animations, and knowledge and performance certifications.
In his free time, Brad enjoys spending time with his kids, watching movies and T.V., reading, listening to podcasts, drawing cartoons, performing stand-up comedy, hanging out with his dog, and desperately hoping that Sasquatch is real.
Daniel Canity - Instructional Design & Faculty Support Coordinator

Dan draws on experiences in teaching, a passion for technology, and an penchant for trying new technology to support faculty using technology in the classroom. In addition to supporting Echo360, he has expertise in online survey design, quantitative and qualitative data analysis software, and enjoys experimenting with data visualizations and presentation design.
michele Michele Turre - Senior Faculty Support Specialist- Instructional Technology

Michele brings her expertise with visual and usability design to the services and projects supported in the Instructional Media Lab. She's part of the Moodle technical team, and is a WordPress (Blogs at UMass Amherst) enthusiast. She leads workshops, writes user documentation, and consults with faculty who are using visual media and online tools in their teaching and research.
sam Sam Anderson - Instructional Design & Faculty Support Coordinator

Sam has expertise with active learning tools and spaces, intellectual property, faculty instruction, open source software development, and game-based learning. Sam has facilitated professional development events for several higher ed organizations. Prior to joining the staff at UMass, Sam worked as an academic research librarian.

Consultants

Bharat Rathod
Bharat is a doctoral candidate in International Education program and he is interested to learn new technology in different educational settings. Bharat has been associated with youth mentoring programs and keen to explore low-cost and accessible technologies to educate youth. Further, he has research interests in student affairs and learning technology in higher education.
Rosa Medina
Rosa Medina is a Ph.D. Candidate in Education in the department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies. She is interested in multimodal and digital tools for learning and professional development.Her research uses multimodal and online ethnography to look into how English language teachers Colombia make sense of and integrate multimodal, digital, and multilingual resources for supporting undergraduate students in a blended program.
Sadaf Rathod
Sadaf is a graduate student in the International Education program. She has worked as a teaching associate in a team based learning classroom and is fascinated by the learning model. She is interested in learning and exploring such new technologies and pedagogies to create socially just classrooms and societies.