Instructional Development Team (iDev)

Beth Nettles, Ph.D.

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Center for Distributed Learning

Dr. Beth Nettles leads the Instructional Development (iDev) and CDL Graphics teams at the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL). As a member of the Instructional Development team, she has created a number of professional development resources designed specifically for faculty teaching online courses including the Developing Learning Objectives and Copyright in Online Courses modules used in the ADL5000 and Teaching with Lecture Capture (TLC) courses. Dr. Nettles has also provided project management services for several university-wide initiatives such as UCF’s most recent learning management system migration (from Blackboard to Canvas), the Knights Online orientation to online learning, and the tactical implementation of UCF Online.

Beth has over fifteen years of experience teaching programming, software applications, and web technologies in post-secondary education. Beth Nettles holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology in Education from the University of Nevada, Reno; an MA in Instructional Technology and a BS in Business Administration from UCF.


Karen Tinsley-Kim, M.A.

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Web Project Manager Asst.
Center for Distributed Learning

Karen is part of the Instructional Development, or iDev, Team that creates tutorials and training to equip faculty, staff and students to effectively use Webcourses@UCF and other online instructional assets. 

Karen has a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art from Florida State University, a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and is preparing for candidacy in the Texts & Technology, Ph.D program at the University of Central Florida. Before joining CDL’s Instructional Development Team in the fall of 2012, Karen had taught ESL/EFL to non-native English speaking teachers, graduate, undergraduate and college intent students for over two decades. This part of her career included teaching seven years in East Asia and ten years at UCF-CMMS. While at CMMS, Karen also contributed her skills in writing, editing, graphic and web design, while also helping to implement and train basic online teaching and learning in Moodle. Karen is the utility patented product developer of the Redema Ottoman Footrest, inspired by her need to elevate her legs with dignity while pregnant and teaching at CMMS.

Resourcing her previous career and educational interests, Karen currently coordinates Blind/Low Vision and Deaf/Hard of Hearing online content accessibility reviews for students registered with Student Accessibility Services (SAS). She enjoys learning the latest to enhance online accessibility and likewise orient and equip instructors who use Webcourses@UCF. In March 2014, her proposal for the UDOIT (Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool, pronounced “You do it,”) LTI was awarded a Higher Education Canvas Grant for Applying Universal Design for Online Learning. The Accessibility Team along with Jacob Bates and the Techrangers at CDL developed and implemented UDOIT into Webcourses@UCF in May 2015. UDOIT continues to receive national accolades and award-winning recognition, including the 2015 Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Effective Practice Award.


Jonathan Pizzo

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Web Project Manager Asst.
Center for Distributed Learning

Jonathan received his B.S. in Information Technology from the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Central Florida (UCF).  He currently works as a Web Project Manager Assistant at UCF's Center for Distributed Learning. In this role, Jon assists with the production of webinars and streaming conferences, establishes project specifications for managing the department’s websites, assists the facilitation and development of faculty professional development courses, and manages other web-based projects.

Highly motivated by his career at UCF, Jon works hard and plays hard. As a native Floridian, he enjoys fishing, visiting local beaches, tailgating UCF home games (Go Knights!), kayaking, camping, and traveling around the state. 


Ed Lojko

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Web Project Manager Asst.
Center for Distributed Learning

Ed joined the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) Instructional Development Team (iDev) in November 2010. Including his service with CDL iDev, he has over 13 years of instructional design and development experience in Industry and Higher Education.

As part of the CDL iDev Team, Ed helps develop both student and faculty facing online tutorials and performance support products for Webcourses@UCF, the UCF learning management system. He has also provided instructional design and course management services for the Academic Integrity program in UCF’s Honor Your Knighthood initiative. The Academic Integrity modules have served over 75,000 first-time-in-college and transfer students since 2011.

In industry, Ed has developed online learning and performance support products for application in the automotive, aviation, medical, communications, packaged foods, and software industries. As a team leader he has managed mixed teams of elearning professionals that have included instructional designers, programmers, digital artists, and project managers.

Prior to beginning his career as a learning professional, Ed worked at various levels in software development for industries including agricultural research, satellite systems, and telecommunications.

Ed holds a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology: Instructional Systems, UCF98.


Jackie Compton

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Online Programs Asst.
Center for Distributed Learning

Jackie has worked for the Center for Distributed Learning since March 2013. Previously a technical support assistant for Webcourses@UCF Support, she now works as a program assistant for the Instructional Development team. She transcribes video recordings for closed captioning, assists in the creation and support for non-academic web-based courses, and edits online training materials and performance support documents.

Concurrent to her employment at CDL, Jackie received her B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida. She is currently studying for her M.A. in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies at UCF. Her studies in English have strengthened her skills in writing and editing, and she employs these skills to create content that is clear, consistent, and grammatically correct. In 2016, she received the Information Technologies and Resources Outstanding Service Award.

Jackie’s ambition for quality and creativity extends beyond her work at CDL. In her spare time, Jackie performs and competes as a ballroom dancer.