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July, 2020

wed29Jul2:00 PM3:00 PMVirtual EventInstructional Designers and Faculty Partnerships in Online Teaching ResearchDr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto, Susan Fein, Tianhong Shi, and Heather Garcia, Oregon State University2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Pacific Time


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Wednesday 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Pacific Time


Online via Zoom



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Session Description

Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit is pleased to present a panel discussing their research fellows program and the role of instructional designers as participants.

Over the past three years, an Ecampus instructional designer was accepted into the research cohort and partnered with a faculty member to support their online teaching research project.

Three panelists will reflect upon their participation, sharing their experience and insights. The panel moderator will provide an introduction and overview to the fellows program and describe how their own research findings led them to include instructional designers in the program.

Conference participants who attend this session will be able to:

  • Reflect on whether the structure of OSU Ecampus’ fellows program and inclusion of instructional designers in research might benefit their own institutional research endeavors.
  • Evaluate the benefits of including the perspectives, training, and pedagogical knowledge of instructional designers in online teaching research.
  • Form an opinion about whether the contributions, outcomes, goals and lessons learned by the panelists would enhance online teaching research in general and specifically at their own institution.
  • Ask questions and interact with the panelists and moderator.


Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto, Oregon State University

Dr. Mary Ellen Dello Stritto is the Director of Research for Oregon State University Ecampus, where she designs and conducts research studies on online teaching and learning, provides support for faculty research on online education, and produces tools to promote research literacy. Her background is in psychology with a specialization in quantitative methodologies, survey design, and statistical analysis.

Susan Fein, Oregon State University

Susan Fein is an instructional designer at Oregon State University’s Ecampus. She has worked in higher education for 12 years, plus brings more than 20 years experience in project management, training, and curriculum design for adult learners in the corporate sector. Susan holds a B.S. in business administration with a minor in marketing, an M.A. in organizational management, and an Ed.M. in educational psychology. She is a passionate advocate for online learning to provide access to all who desire a quality education, regardless of personal circumstances or life constraints. Susan’s research interests focus on active, adaptive, and blended learning to increase student persistence and success in STEM disciplines.

Tianhong Shi, Oregon State University

Tianhong Shi is an instructional designer at OSU Ecampus, where she collaborates with instructors. to design engaging online learning experiences. Tianhong had taught English at Zhejiang University for a few years before coming to the United States, received a M.S. in Instructional Technology from Utah State University and has been working as an online instructional designer since 2006.

Heather Garcia, Oregon State University

Heather Garcia is an instructional design specialist with OSU Ecampus and a doctoral student in the Language, Equity, and Educational Policy program in the College of Education at Oregon State University. She holds a Master of Science degree in Instructional Science and Technology from California State University, Monterey Bay and has over a decade of experience collaborating with faculty and other experts on the design and development of online, hybrid, and in-person courses and training programs.