Learning Systems & Technology

The Learning Systems and Technology (LS&T) team creates and maintains several educational web applications for UCF like Obojobo, Materia, and Badges@UCF.

LS&T also contains a team of part-time employees called the Techrangers® that helps develop and maintain online courses, web applications, and websites.

We're Hiring! We currently have the following open positions:


Francisca Yonekura, Ph.D.

Francisca YonekuraAssociate Department Head
francisca@ucf.edu
(407) 882-0025
As Associate Department Head at CDL, Francisca’s responsibilities encompass the areas of course and application development, instructional systems integrations, and R&D of emerging technologies to support online learning. She brings eighteen years of experience in instructional technology in higher education, military, and hospitality industry. Her research interests are immersive learning environments, game based learning, and emerging technologies for learning and innovation. Francisca holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction and an M.A. in instructional systems and technology. She has facilitated the procurement of patents, trademarks, and service marks for instructional web applications. Francisca is an awardee of the Innovator award for the Inaugural Excellence in Research & Innovation Cohort by UCF Office of Research and Commercialization. Francisca and her talented team of software and web developers have received many recognitions including the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies Outstanding Work award 2013, Davis Productivity Awards (2011, 2006, 2005) for their learning and business operations applications, and the Virtual Campus Tour Award October 2001.


Jacob Bates

JacobScrum Master
Jacob.Bates@ucf.edu
(407) 823-6736

Jacob Bates has been a web developer for the past 14 years.  He began as a part-timer at CDL using Flash and PHP to make educational games and other interactive elements for online courses.  After a stint in the private sector creating virtual training scenarios for the US Military, he returned to UCF to lead the Techrangers Team, a group of part-timers that create web applications, educational systems, and LMS integrations.


Jawahar Madineni

Photo of Jawahar MadineniData Engineer
Jawahar.Madineni@ucf.edu
(407) 823-4925


Shea Silverman

Photo of Shea SilvermanApplications Programmer IV
Shea.Silverman@ucf.edu
(407) 823-2067


Corey Peterson

Photo of Corey PetersonApplications Programmer III
Corey.Peterson@ucf.edu
(407) 823-4158

Corey was born and raised in Miami, Florida and took to art and visual design at a young age. It led to a passion, and then a profession in conjunction with web development.

He attended UCF's Digital Media program for his bachelor's degree and merged it with Computer Science to become a junior full-stack developer. Along the way, he was given the internship opportunity of a lifetime at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. At JPL, he worked for the Mars Program Office, assisting with logistical and mission planning software for Mars missions. He learned how to design visualizations for complicated data and working on large-scale software systems.

Upon graduating UCF, his career kept him closer to home: he started working for his alma mater at the Center for Distributed Learning, joining a talented team dedicated to improving online learning at UCF and across Florida.


Brandon Stull

Photo of Brandon StullApplications Programmer III
bstull@ucf.edu
(407) 823-0025


Matthew Emond

MatthewApplications Programmer III
me@ucf.edu
(407) 823-4931

Matthew graduated from UCF with a bachelor's degree in Information Technology. His background is in web development in Python with Django.