Ksenia Ionova is an instructional designer in the Center for Teaching Innovation, providing support to Cornell faculty with a focus on learning technologies used to enhance and facilitate teaching and learning experiences. Ksenia brings a breadth of professional experience in teaching, international education, and community engagement. Over the past decade she facilitated online and face-to-face instruction, helping international students and professionals gain necessary language, communication, and academic skills to transition to new educational contexts in the U.S., Australia, U.K., Germany, Singapore, and Finland. Prior to joining the Center, Ksenia worked at The History Center in Tompkins County, serving as community engagement coordinator. Ksenia holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and publishing, and a master’s degree in ESL education, both from Ural State Pedagogical University in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Benjamin Moss is an instructional designer in the Center for Teaching Innovation where he focuses on integrating media into classroom teaching. Prior to working at Cornell, Benjamin designed and created e-learning content for the California Digital Library and worked in educational technology at Yale University. In addition to these posts, he ran the library, designed curriculum, and taught for eight years at St. Luke’s School, an independent 5-12 school in Connecticut. He has also taught media studies at Colby Sawyer College in New Hampshire and film history at Menlo College in California. Benjamin has a bachelor’s from Trinity College, Connecticut and master’s degrees in library science, divinity, and media arts from the University of Pittsburgh, Yale University, and Hunter College, CUNY.
Julie Rummings is an instructional designer in the Center for Teaching Innovation. She supports faculty from many disciplines and modalities with designing courses and other learning experiences. Research on instructional design, neuroscience, and evolving educational technologies informs her advice. Also, she keeps abreast of accessibility and copyright laws and guidelines, as well as Cornell policies and procedures. Before joining the team, she worked in the State University of New York system as an instructional designer and multimedia specialist. She worked with faculty of online undergraduate courses, MOOCs, and special projects. This work had many dimensions, but she most enjoyed designing and building instructional videos, activities and graphics. Julie's educational background is in instructional design and English literature.
Heyam Abo Alasrar
Dr. Heyam Abo Alasrar is an instructional technology specialist at the Center for Teaching Innovation. She leads the design and implementation of a suite of interdisciplinary online and face-to-face teaching orientation and development modules. Heyam joins Cornell from George Washington University, where she held a senior instructional design position. She worked with a number of multilateral organizations in the fields of human development and women's empowerment. Her research areas focus on the gender digital divide and the importance of digital literacy in enhancing women’s skills. She holds a doctorate in instructional technology from Ohio University, a master's of public administration from Harvard Kennedy School, and a master's in international development studies from Ohio University.
Patrick Graham is an instructional technology specialist in the Center for Teaching Innovation, providing support for faculty teaching support staff and students using technology in their teaching. In over 25 years, he has worked in support of teaching and learning as well as with the computer labs. Pat’s skills include teaching, consulting, and advising instructors on the various technologies to best match their teaching goals. He also brings strong communication skills and thorough documentation to the various technologies offered by the Center, with a concentration in the learning management system (currently Blackboard), the classroom polling service (currently iClicker) and the electronic portfolio service (currently Digication). Pat has a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in exercise science.
Marina Tokman is an instructional technology specialist in the Center for Teaching Innovation assisting faculty in their use of technologies for teaching. Marina’s experience with academic technologies includes multimedia lesson development, online course development, and quality assurance, as well as supporting user experience in an online learning environment while at eCornell. She holds a degree in systems engineering from The Ohio State University.
Project and Learning Designer
Chloë DeShong is a project and learning designer in the Center for Teaching Innovation. She has a combined role of instructional design support for Cornell’s teaching community and management of program level activities and processes. Her focus is on facilitating the design, development, project management, and support of traditional and online courses and other digital learning projects. In addition, she is responsible for supporting the executive director around organizational initiatives, including managing activities and tasks for the Center, including project management and managing some of the day-to-day activities for the Center. Her skills also include relationship management, facilitation, and building collaborative partnerships across teams. Prior to Cornell, Chloë worked in telecommunications, specifically using speech analytics to enhance training, and human resource development. She holds a master’s degree in adult learning, with a focus on faculty development and adult learning theories.
Multi-Media Creative Lead
Serge Petchenyi is a multi-media creative lead in the Center for Teaching Innovation. Serge works with faculty and instructors across Cornell to produce professional video content and photography to support instruction and course work, including online and distance learning courses and projects. He works as part of a team to support the creative process on innovation projects, as well as blended and online courses requiring multimedia. He brings to this position extensive experience in broadcast, corporate, and event video production. Before joining the Center, Serge was a commercial and promotional producer at an ABC affiliate. He holds degrees in cinematography and communication.
Natalie McElroy is the assistant to Executive Director Dr. Mathew Ouellett in the Center for Teaching Innovation. She independently coordinates and manages complex administrative activities in support of the executive director, and conducts preliminary research and gathers reports, studies, and other resource materials. She is skilled in research analytics, administrative support, and pragmatic application. Natalie earned her bachelor of science in psychology and anthropology from the University of Utah. During her time as an undergraduate, she was a research scholar and president of their Psychological Honor Society.
Caitlin Hayes is a communications specialist in the Center for Teaching Innovation. She helps manage both internal and external communications and to publicize various programs and initiatives. She also helps manage the website and branding efforts. She has written for Cornell’s Research Division, as a reporter, and has taught English and creative writing at the secondary and college levels. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Syracuse University and a master's in English literature from the University of New Hampshire.