Classes & Talks
What do we do? The numbers speak for themselves. Our expertise includes D2L, Panopto, Zoom, Clickers, and course design. Plus, we hold advanced degrees in fields from Instructional Design to Library Science, Linguistics, Management, & Geography. Among us are published authors, photographers, experienced educators, and even an Emmy nominee. Who are we?
Partners in your success
MS, Texas A&M
MPA, University of Arizona
MA, University of Arizona
Mark leads the D2L/Brightspace (Desire2Learn) consulting team. In addition to providing consulting services for instructors on campus, Mark works with instructional technology groups to help ensure consistent and reliable support across technologies on campus.
Prior to joining OIA, Mark was a Technology Integrator at Sunnyside Unified School District working with teachers to integrate technology into classroom teaching. Previously he worked at the U of A’s College of Humanities in instructional support.
Mark has an M.S in Global E-Learning from Texas A&M, a Masters in Public Management and a Masters in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Arizona.
MLS, University of Arizona
Kris came to the OIA from a long career in librarianship in public, school, and community college libraries. Working with instructors to incorporate library resources in online learning inspired her to earn a graduate certificate in Instructional Design from San Diego State and led to her current position with the D2L team.
Kris loves the collaborative nature of her work, helping instructors learn how to effectively use D2L and integrated technologies to reach their teaching goals. In addition to working with individuals, Kris enjoys teaching webinars, creating online instruction related to D2L and learning something new almost every day.
Away from the office, Kris likes to hike with family and friends, bake, and pursue all kinds of fiber crafts. She is looking forward to crocheting on the streetcar again.
PhD, University of Arizona
MA, Florida State University
Georgia has a Ph.D. in medical geography, an M.A. in cultural geography and an Emmy nomination from the decade she spent working as a political journalist, television news director and documentary producer. She joined the D2L consulting team after helping build an online B.S. program in geographic information systems technology, where she discovered the joy of course design.
After work hours, you can find her bicycling along the Rillito river, cuddling with her dogs, or Go Go dancing with 60s tribute band, Vinyl Grooves.
MS, Western Illinois University
Josh grew up in Macomb, Illinois a small city in west central Illinois. He attended Western Illinois University (WIU) where he discovered his passion for instructional technology. He obtained his B.S and shortly after his M.S in Instructional Design and Technology from WIU.
For the next 12 years, Josh worked for WIU within the College of Education and Human Services. He served as an Instructional Technology Systems manager responsible for college-wide tech support for faculty, staff, classroom, and computer lab technology equipment. He was the manager of the Interactive Multimedia Lab and Technology Resource Checkout where he oversaw a staff that provided just-in-time training and assistance on a wide variety of technology topics and initiatives as well as provided equipment checkout services to faculty, staff, and students.
In 2017, Josh decided to make a big career move and made the trek out to Tucson, Arizona to join the OIA team here at the University of Arizona. He provides support and training to faculty and staff on instructional technology applications such as our lecture capture solution (Panopto), video conferencing solution (Zoom), and classroom/student response polling solution (Turning Technologies Clickers). In addition to the tech support, he can sit down and ensure you incorporate these technologies into your course using sound instructional methods.
When not hard at work, Josh likes to spend time with his black Labrador retriever named Yadi (pictured). He also enjoys running, hiking, and taking photographs of storms, sunrises/sunsets, and the night sky. His photographs have been featured several times on local Tucson morning newscasts. His favorite sporting event to watch live or on TV is baseball, favorite MLB team is the St. Louis Cardinals, and favorite sport to play as a hobby is golf.
MA, University of Arizona
Before joining OIA, Christina spent her time working 2-3 jobs while finishing up her graduate degree. She bribed library patrons and staff with snacks to do user experience research, created career advice videos for students (managing everything from interview planning to production). Along the way, she learned video editing, database management, and how to turn hours of footage into quick, accessible clips. She also worked freelance creating marketing materials, online courses, and updating websites.
With more than 8 years experience training people to use technology, Christina loves working with people who are passionate about teaching and learning, and helping them find tools that work for their courses. When not daydreaming about bouncing castles, she can be found hiking, reading, sewing masks, or trying to bake a perfect macaron.
MEd, University of Oregon
Phil left a small town in central Montana to earn his B. Ed. from Western Washington University. After discovering a keen interest in education technology, he completed his MEd (Ed. Tech. Leadership) from the University of Oregon, working with many national Education Technology leaders. He recently earned a Professional Certification in eLearning Development and Design from the University of Washington.
Phil has led education technology initiatives in large school districts over three states for the past 40 years. Having created many fully online courses as well as many years of experience in a classroom, he works to match technology tools with best practices in teaching and learning. Phil looks for sustainable solutions that can stand the test of time and uses a collaborative approach to assist instructors and students as they learn to integrate technology into their learning environments.
An avid cyclist, Phil has ridden in spots from Alaska to Tucson, completing the famed Seattle to Portland ride three times (pictured) and mountain biking the first leg of the original Iditarod Trail through Resurrection Pass. At home you’ll find him busy cooking, attempting to garden in the desert, working on technology projects or off on a hike to marvel at the beauty of the Sonoran Desert.