Home » About the Center for Distributed Learning » Our Teams » Instructional Design Team Instructional Design Team The Instructional Design Team’s primary function is to promote the quality of online instruction at UCF. This is accomplished by facilitating the design and development of online courses through a combination of face-to-face interaction, just-in-time training, and ongoing professional development.Connect with your Instructional DesignerIf you have successfully completed IDL6543, OFRA, or Teaching with Lecture Capture (TLC), then you have the benefit of being paired with an experienced Instructional Designer. If you are unsure of who this is, please use the Instructional Designer Lookup Tool.Our Instructional Designers offer services for professional development, personalized learning, and instructional design.Baiyun Chen, Ph.D.Instructional Design Team Lead email@example.com (407) 823-3398Dr. Baiyun Chen officially joined CDL as a full-time Instructional Designer in January, 2007. Before that, she had worked as an Assistant Instructional Designer there since May 2004. She received her Ph.D. with a specialization in Instructional System Design from UCF. Her research interests focus on using instructional strategies in online teaching and learning, professional development for teaching online, and application of emerging technologies in education.Baiyun has actively participated in professional conferences at local, national and international levels, presenting at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference, the EDUCAUSE conference, the Association of Educational Communications & Technology (AECT) conferences, SLOAN conferences, and several times at other national conferences and events. She is a member of the AERA and AECT organization.Aimee deNoyelles, Ed.D.Instructional Design Team Lead Aimee.deNoyelles@ucf.edu (407) 823-1675In the summer of 2011, Aimee joined the Instructional Design team at CDL. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at UCF in 2000. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology at East Carolina University in 2005, where she took her first online course. Through this experience, she discovered her passion for online teaching and learning.Aimee has taught social science and education courses at the college level since 2005 and has served as a technology consultant for a K-8 STEM school in Ohio. She graduated with a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Cincinnati in 2011. Her research interests include eTextbooks, online discussion strategies, virtual worlds, and technology and gender. Dr. deNoyelles has published in several journals including Computers & Education, Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, and Journal of Special Education Technology.Denise Twyford, Ed.D.Instructional Design Team Lead firstname.lastname@example.org (407) 823-4272Dr. Denise Twyford holds an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership, Higher Education from Nova Southeastern University (2006); an M.Ed. in the field of Guidance and Counseling from Boston University (1990); and a B.S. in Psychology from UNC-Pembroke (1980). She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Denise became interested in the field of instructional design as an outgrowth of her online experiences, both as an educator and student. Her desire to create varied learning environments that foster student/faculty growth and learning led her to UCF. She is now one of the Instructional Design Team Leads, recently earning a faculty promotion in rank to Assistant in Instructional Design.Prior to coming to UCF from North Carolina, Denise owned and operated a counseling agency after working for years as a counselor/supervisor in government and public agencies. This work included business consultations, seminar development, and educational materials development. She also produced and hosted educational television programming focusing on personal/professional growth and interviews regarding newsworthy community events, and appeared as a guest speaker on radio talk shows.For over a decade, Denise has taught traditional and online courses in the areas of organizational communication, leadership, and conflict management. Her sincere love of teaching and helping others to develop their potential led her to become an instructor with the LEAD Scholars Program at UCF. One of her research focus areas is emotional intelligence and its relationship with personal leadership style, application of skills, and skill development through training. Her research dissertation was entitled, “Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Style: Implications for Emotional Intelligence Training.”Kathleen BastedoInstructional Designer email@example.com (407) 823-3399Kathleen’s undergraduate degree is in Occupational Therapy from Utica College in Utica, New York. After working for over ten years as an occupational therapist, her interest changed to assistive technology. Kathleen then worked at the Assistive Technology Educational Network of Florida (ATEN) for over eight years. While in this position, she participated in a statewide initiative to provide assistive technology assessments, training, and technical assistance in the area of assistive technology. In addition, she developed equipment tutorials and workshop training materials, contributed to the book review section of the ATEN newsletter, the Keyhole Communique, and has taught and published regarding how to create accessible Web pages.Kathleen obtained a Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction (with a specialization in Instructional Design) from the University of South Florida in 1997, she also obtained a certification in Assistive Technology.She has worked as an instructional designer at Granite State College in New Hampshire and is currently employed as an instructional designer at the CDL.Her goals at UCF include assisting instructors in creating and delivering interactive and accessible online courses.Sue BauerInstructional Designer firstname.lastname@example.org (407) 823-3400Sue Bauer began working at the CDL as an intern during the summer semester of 2000, while completing her Masters degree in Instructional Systems. Following the internship, Sue was offered a faculty position as an Instructional Designer.Sue taught in the K-12 environment for many years prior to coming to UCF. She enjoyed the satisfaction of teaching and the joy of observing children and their learning. She has continued that same satisfaction while working with UCF faculty and their online courses at CDL. She enjoys working with faculty and developing their learning objectives and strategies.Sue holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education in Instructional Systems. Both degrees are from UCF.Sue enjoys the ongoing growth of online courses and the teamwork of the Instructional Design Team.Luke Bennett, Ed.D.Instructional Designer email@example.com (407) 823-1835Luke officially joined the CDL team in the summer of 2013 as a full-time Instructional Designer. Luke holds an EdD with two specializations: Instructional Technology and Instructional Leadership/Curriculum Development, an MA in Teaching, and a BA in Psychology. Before becoming part of the ID Team at CDL, Luke spent sixteen years in secondary education. Throughout his career in secondary education, he held both teaching and administrative positions. Luke has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in both online and face-to-face environments.Luke became interested in instructional design and online education through his graduate coursework and his experience facilitating online courses. He realized the power and potential that well designed online instruction has to reach and educate students globally. Luke has presented at several professional conferences and is a member of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). His research interests include integration of technologies for learning, mobile learning, and technology choices.Luke is a native Floridian born and raised in Miami, FL. He relocated to Central Florida in 2002. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, and is an avid cyclist and runner.Tina CalandrinoInstructional Designer firstname.lastname@example.org (407) 823-2838Holding undergraduate degrees in International Relations (Miami-Dade College) and Political Science (Florida International University), native Floridian Tina Calandrino has worked as an educator in higher learning for over 25 years. She began her college career as Faculty at Miami-Dade College working with students on a new concept called Apple Macintosh computers. This set the tone for an interest in using computers for more practical educational purposes than just the desktop editing that existed in 1988.After helping to start the first Writing Center at MDC, Tina involved herself with The Miami Museum of Science’s Technology Trainer Institute for the first initiative in the State of Florida to train Math and Science Public School Teachers to use computers and the, then up-and-coming, World Wide Web as educational tools within the classroom. She has embraced what technology can do for students, and sought to share that knowledge with other educators around the world.Since completing her Masters in Education for Curriculum and Instructional Design in 2011, Tina has worked with several colleges and start up companies to develop online learning environments and conversions of face-to-face training into an online platform.You may run into Tina outside of work hours at Disney, learning defense tactics that will come in handy during the zombie apocalypse, and advocating for local farm to table purveyors.Wendy Howard, Ed.D.Instructional Designer email@example.com (407) 823-0460Wendy joined the Instructional Design team in July 2011 with a diverse background in both corporate training and higher education. In addition to her Doctor of Education degree in Instructional Design & Technology from UCF, Wendy has also earned a BA in Mathematics and Secondary Education and an MA in Corporate Communication & Technology.Wendy also provides a practitioner’s perspective based on over fifteen years of experience in both design and instruction. Her career began in academia as a Course Director at Full Sail University in the Game Design & Development program and an Adjunct Professor at Rollins College in the Communication and Information Technology departments. She then spent over 8 years growing in the technical training field for multiple software companies and continues to stay active in corporate online training.Her dissertation research was a formative evaluation of a technology-mediated alternative to traditional study abroad, and her current research agenda is focused on blended learning, online engagement, and collaborative technology for international education.Rohan Jowallah, Ed.D.Instructional Designer firstname.lastname@example.org (407) 823-1674Dr. Rohan Jowallah has worked in education for over twenty years. He has taught at various levels: elementary school, middle school, high school, and university. Prior to joining UCF’s Instructional Design Team, Rohan was employed as an Academic Program Planner by The University of The West Indies Open Campus.Rohan Jowallah holds an Ed.D. in Language and Literacy in Education from the University of Sheffield in England, ME.d. in Special Needs and Inclusion Studies from The Open University in England, BSc in Psychology from The Open University in England, PGC in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of Wolverhamptom in England, and ASc in Secondary Education from Bethlehem Moravian College from Jamaica.Rohan has presented at several international conferences and has had several peer reviewed publications. He also has a published book chapter and continues to develop work for publication. He has also been a reviewer of several international journals.Rohan’s role at UCF includes assisting faculty as they transition into online teaching and learning.Debbie Kirkley, M.A.Instructional Designer DKirkley@ucf.edu (407) 823-5670Debbie L. Kirkley is an instructional designer for the University of Central Florida Center for Distributed Learning. She has over seventeen years of experience in assisting faculty with the design, development, and delivery of online courses while specializing in the research of emerging technologies. For three years, she worked in this capacity with the UCF College of Medicine assisting faculty with development of e-Learning solutions. In 2012, she was awarded with the UCF Innovator’s Award. She has also taught online as an adjunct professor with the College of Education, designing and developing several online courses. Debbie is currently working on a pilot program for adaptive personalized learning for UCF.Amanda Major, Ed.D.Instructional Designer Amanda.Major@ucf.edu (407) 823-4929Amanda Major, EdD, CPLP, PMP began serving as an instructional designer at CDL in December 2016. She holds a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institution (PMI) and a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance certification from the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Additionally, she has earned certifications from the Online Learning Consortium and Quality Matters focused specifically on online learning in higher education. Her academic credentials include an EdD in educational leadership, policy and law; an MA in industrial organizational psychology; and a BA in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in social psychological issues. Actively contributing to the field of online learning, she has presented at national and international conferences and has peer-reviewed publications about organizational development in education, as well as e-learning operations and projects in higher education.Amanda has experience delivering results in a variety of learner-focused and client-oriented environments. Prior to arriving at UCF Amanda taught online courses, oversaw an online program management provider, participated in strategic planning efforts, developed policies, offered instructional design assistance, and improved business processes to contribute to quality online programs at a large, public, research-intensive University. She enjoys supporting faculty in teaching online and participating on projects, thereby contributing to the overall instructional design team effort.John RaibleInstructional Designer email@example.com (407) 823-1093John Raible is an Instructional Designer at CDL. In this role, he works with faculty to transition courses from face-to-face to the blended or online environment. His research areas include the integration of emerging technology into online curriculum, accessibility for online learners, and the use of OER materials. He has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences; in addition to being published in multiple peer-reviewed journals. In addition to his ID role, he has taught online and blended courses at both the community college and university level.Ashley SalterInstructional Designer Ashley.Salter@ucf.edu (407) 823-4910Ashley worked with the Instructional Design team at CDL as an intern during the summer semester of 2016 while completing her M.A. in Instructional Design and Technology. After successfully completing her internship and M.A. program, Ashley was offered a faculty position as an Instructional Designer.Prior to joining the CDL team, Ashley taught in the K-12 environment in both Orange and Seminole County Public Schools. There, Ashley learned how to advance and apply effective teaching practices. Her research interests include professional development for teaching online, application of emerging technologies, and the use of OER materials.Aida SantanaInstructional Design Administrative Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org (407) 823-4307Ryan SeilhamerInstructional Designer email@example.com (407) 823-2734Ryan has been involved with distributed learning at the University of Central Florida since 2000. In this time he has served many roles, at CDL, which include web development, student support, and multimedia production. Ryan is currently an instructional designer assisting faculty to create and transition traditional course material to the Web. He is also involved in research related to emerging technologies and best practices for teaching and learning online.Corrinne StullInstructional Designer Corrinne.Stull@ucf.edu (407) 823-1250Corrinne Stull established her career with CDL in 2012, serving on the Techrangers team to help develop and maintain courses taught online at UCF. She joined the Instructional Design team at CDL in 2014, focusing on courses using adaptive learning software. Corrinne specializes in personalized adaptive learning and also works with accessibility and the use of OER materials.Nancy SwensonInstructional Designer firstname.lastname@example.org (407) 823-4270Nancy Swenson joined the Instructional Design team at CDL in 2000. Nancy has a M.A. degree in Educational Technology from the University of Central Florida and a B.S degree from Florida International University in Business Education.Prior to coming to UCF, Nancy was a business education teacher in the Florida public schools for 13 years. She has also worked as an adjunct with Florida Virtual School and Valencia Community College and she is currently an adjunct in UCF’s College of Education. Her online teaching and learning research interests include adult learning theory and accessibility of online education.Jessica TojoInstructional Designer Jessica.Tojo@ucf.edu (407) 823-3019Jessica is thrilled to be a member of the Instructional Design – Personalized Learning Team at CDL. She previously worked for CDL as a student assistant back when it was known as Course Development & Web Services.Jessica earned a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Florida in 2007 and taught elementary school for Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS). Her interest to enhance learning through the integration of technology led her to pursue an M.A. in Educational Technology which she received from UCF in 2011.During her eight years with SCPS, she taught grades 2-3, was an educational technology facilitator (ETF), and worked on the delivery side of a product called iReady, which is a type of personalized learning product. She is excited to move to the designer side of personalized learning to work with Realizeit, a personalized/adaptive learning product currently being used at UCF. As an ETF, she provided technology support to meet instructional and administrative needs, designed and delivered technology training for faculty and staff, and implemented a tablet pilot program for a second grade class.Her research interests include personalized adaptive learning, the use of OER materials, and accessibility.Shelly Wyatt, Ph.D.Instructional Designer Shelly.Wyatt@ucf.edu (407) 823-4953Dr. Shelly Wyatt joined the Center for Distributed Learning at UCF as a full-time instructional designer in November 2016. Before joining CDL, she spent more than 15 years teaching courses in the humanities at several colleges, including DeVry University, Valencia College, and Seminole State College. In addition, Shelly worked at Rollins College (Olin Library) and at the American Psychological Association (book publishing division).Shelly earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities from New College of Florida in 1991 and, four years later, a master’s of liberal studies degree from Rollins College. In 2013, Shelly received her PhD in Education (Instructional System Design) from UCF. Her research interests include social media and online learning, second language acquisition and immersion through technology, and mobile learning.A passionate traveler, Shelly studied in Ireland as an undergraduate student and served as a study abroad faculty at DeVry University, teaching in both France and Germany. Growing up, she divided her time between the US and Newfoundland and enjoys spending summer vacations in Canada with her large extended family.