Instructional Developtment & Media Services

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Instructional Development Staff

BJ Kitchin
eLearning
Support
Mina Matthews
Instructional
Design
Andrei Strukov
eLearning
Support
Anne Fensie
Instructional
Design
Heather Nunez-Olmstead
Instructional
Design
Michelle Lisi
VAWLT

Media Services Staff

Rich Frino
Manager
Bill Starrett
MST
Bob Coffin
MST
Jane Finison-Jones
MST
Laura Ingles
MST
Rick Burns
MST
Steve Hatch
MST
Our email: uc-support-group@maine.edu

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Robert “BJ” Kitchin Jr., MSW

Senior e-Learning Specialist
robert.kitchinjr@maine.edu
(207) 262-7859

Oversees Instructional Development, Media Services, Marketing, Off Campus Library Services, and Maine CITE

BJ brings solution focused leadership and a sense of humor to teamwork and collaboration. Setting goals and celebrating achievement is fundamental here. He consults and serves to solve teaching & learning problems for faculty, and supports academic and other projects with learning design, communications design, and integrated media & technology services. He manages and leads University College’s marketing personnel and resources, integrating evidence-based communications strategies to solve eLearning design and marketing problems. A common consulting goal is to help clients to clarify and define learning goals and to fit the technology and workflow to learning & business goals. An emphasis on universal design is ever present in consultations.

He provides administrative oversite and leadership to University College Instructional Development & Media services, Marketing & and Communications, Off-Campus Library Services and Maine CITE. BJ serves as the co-chair of the e-Learning Technology Advisory Committee, a University of Maine System-wide team, supporting and developing strategies, direction, and plans for meaningful and innovative use of technologies which effectively support teaching and learning across the University. He also serves on strategic UMS committees aimed at the ongoing development of world-class teaching and learning experiences for Maine citizens and worldwide learners.

BJ and his family recently adopted a retired racing greyhound. He recommends everyone consider addopting a rescue greyhound. Magnificant, well mannered and a joyful addition to the family.

 

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Araminta “Mina” Matthews, MFA, GCDF

Senior Instructional Designer
mina.matthews@maine.edu
(207) 621-3338

Mina emphasizes lifelong learning in her career and personal life, pursuing scholarship in a diversity of fields to stay current as an instructional designer and the learning trends of distance education. In addition to her work at University College, Mina also teaches distance writing courses around the system. She has a terminal degree in Creative Writing (MFA), and certifications in career development, teaching, web design, and, most recently, a graduate certificate in Digital Curation from the University of Maine.

As UC’s Senior Instructional Designer, Mina is the primary coordinator for the UC Faculty Institute, overseeing a team of highly skilled professionals who bring together an annual conference for 250 UMS faculty each year. She also developed the Virtual Academic Writing Lab Tutors (VAWLT) program and training platform, the concept for the modular “Short Course” for New Online Faculty, and the framework for a career and college advising platform called Vocational Occupational Integrated Career Exploration Services (VOICES).  She works closely with faculty and program coordinators to clarify learning goals and define a strong match between the goal and the technologies or system-resources that can support those goals with the best pedagogy in distance education. She provides administrative leadership to the University College Instructional Design & Development team in partnership with the Senior eLearning Specialist. Mina sits on the UMA eLearning Committee in an advisory capacity and serves on the Blackboard Core steering committee.

As the lead author on a co-authored, peer-reviewed work with colleague, BJ Kitchin, Mina recently published a chapter on the topic of design patterns as a means to achieve social presence in the online classroom: Student-Teacher Interaction in Online Learning Environments. She is also collaborating on original research into concept-mapping as an early warning system with Dr. James Cook of UMA, as well as a full-length anthology of original research into effective strategies for teaching Fine Arts courses at a distance in collaboration with Shiva Darbandi, the Director of the JoAnne Waxman Library at the Maine College of Art. Mina is also a professionally published fiction author with several works of popular fiction available in the Ursus library system.

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Andrei Strukov

Senior eLearning Specialist
andrei@maine.edu
(207) 621-3303

Andrei brings to UMA and University College, experience generating and supporting a vision for faculty professional development. His strengths are illustrated in his partnering with faculty to assess their needs and goals, in his ability to to determine relevant and creative action steps to meet those goals, and with his targeted expertise in ed. technologies, online pedagogical approaches and distance course delivery.

With over 15 years of full-time classroom teaching experience at the University Maine, Colby College and Bates College, Andrei understands needs and challenges that faculty face – and he speaks their language. He strongly believes that student engagement in any course – face-to-face, distance, or blended – is the key to success for student achievement and faculty expectations of learning outcomes.

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Rich Frino

Instructional Media & Support Manager
rfrino@maine.edu
(207) 621-3325

Rich is a 20+ year veteran of the University of Maine System and applies his years of experience to supporting the media needs of faculty and staff at University College and beyond.

Rich was a Theatre Arts major at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and gained additional experience as a radio/television engineer at various Maine media outlets.

Currently, as Manager of Media Services and Support, Rich travels across our state for film projects initiated by UMS faculty and staff, supervises and mentors Media Specialists, and oversees the daily operations of ITV, compressed video and online courses.

Rich is an amateur singer and mandolinist, an avid gardener, and a passionate landscape photographer.

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Anne Fensie, M.Ed.

Instructional Designer
anne.fensie@maine.edu
(207) 621-3331

Anne Fensie is an Instructional Designer with University College with an office in Augusta serving faculty throughout the state. Anne has taught at the high school level, in college, and through adult education. Her experience includes teaching, professional development, curriculum writing, and administration. With a focus on improving education outcomes for all learners, faculty find her patience and resourcefulness a welcome support. Anne is a specialist in Microsoft products and is skilled in multimedia production, including web design and video editing. Anne earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Ithaca College and a Master of Education in Instructional Technology from Bridgewater State College.

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Heather Nunez-Olmstead

Instructional Designer
heather.nunez@maine.edu
(207) 768-9544

Heather brings to UMA and University College experience designing and teaching distance courses for the University of Maine at Presque Isle, as well as blended and high-impact learning environments for alternative education. She has experience with secondary school administration and curriculum design and a history of educational advocacy.  She has been involved in piloting innovative college bridge programming for at-risk students, sitting on UMPI’s Pedagogical Committee--with a focus on assessment, and in presenting on partnerships between rural secondary and higher education at the National level.

Heather has a wide range of K-16 humanities teaching experiences, including facilitating socratic-style seminars for secondary and undergraduate students, designing distance courses for secondary and higher education, working with elementary and middle-level students in GT programming, as well as facilitating workshops to bolster girls’ confidence in STEM fields and interactive sessions Graduate students in a Master’s of Social Work program. Heather is a certified teacher in the state of Maine, with a MSEd. in Curriculum and Instructional Strategies from the University of New England and a B.A.in Art Education degree from UMPI.

Heather serves the system-wide mission of University College, primarily serving the two northern campuses, UMPI and UMFK as well as the UC Houlton Center, and supporting the work of UMA as a leader in distance education.

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Michelle Lisi, M.F.A.

VAWLT Coordinator
michelle.lisi@maine.edu
(207) 621-3370

As Coordinator of the UC VAWLT (Virtual Academic Writing and Library Tutors), Michelle is privileged to team with talented students, staff, and educators to deliver writing support across the UMaine System. She also enjoys working in distance education as a part of the University College Instructional Design and Development Department. A poet and short story writer, Michelle earned a BA in English and Communication at the University of Delaware and an MFA in Fiction Writing at Columbia University. She moved to Maine in 2002 to help her husband launch an independent video rental store in Brunswick. Since 2004, she has taught English, Humanities as well as test prep courses and tutored in writing centers at UMA, USM and CMCC. As an instructor, Michelle has developed multiple seminars focused on media and writing; as a coordinator, she has served the UMA Writing Center as well as the UC VAWLT, which she established with the UC ID&D team. Michelle’s favorite things are coffee, her 7 year old, and her two cats; she hates team sports, gender-normative children’s programming, and the word “moist.”

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Bill Starrett

Media Services Technician CL 2
starrett@maine.edu
(207) 621-3223

Bill produces live video in the ITV classroom on the UMA campus. Off-air he assists faculty and students in Blackboard. Further, Bill creates instructional and special interest vignettes with Camtasia and Adobe Premier Elements. He holds a BS degree in Business Administration-Management from UMA and serves as the local access governmental television station manager at a nearby municipality, in addition to freelancing as a video producer specializing in capturing public events and streaming live content to the web from remote locations.


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Bob Coffin

Media Services Technician CL 2
rcoffin@maine.edu
(207) 621-3047

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Jane Finison-Jones

Media Services Technician CL 2
jane.finisonjones@maine.edu
(207) 621-3308

Jane is a Media Services Technician CL2 in the Media Services department at University College in Augusta. She supports faculty in planning courses for broadcast to the University College sites and centers statewide. She also aids students, faculty and staff with classroom/distance learning technologies such as Blackboard. She has a B.A. in Communication Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a certification in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Boston.

Fun fact: Jane creates ceramic art, participates in improvisational theater and enjoys cycling and kayaking.


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Laura Ingles

Media Services Technician II
lingles@maine.edu
(207) 262-7780

Laura has worked as an MST for University College for many years. She has worked with associates from the Orono, Bangor, Machias, and Augusta  University of Maine campuses as well as Eastern Maine Community College and Kennebec Valley Community College. Ensuring students have a smooth experience in their courses is one of her specialties. She also works directly with instructors to incorporate new technology and other materials into their courses. She supports and collaborates with many types of modalities: Live Streaming, Pre-Recorded Lectures for online, Video Conferencing, Skype, Adobe Connect and ITV.

She is currently self-studying American Sign Language and Spanish. She is also getting back into photography and looking forward to her trip to Cuba in March of 2017.


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Rick Burns

Media Services Technician CL 2
richard.c.burns@maine.edu
(207) 621-3328

Rick is a 1992 graduate of the New England School of Communications. While attending, he earned the honor of being named “Sound Recording Student of the Year.” Following this, Rick honed his craft as a videographer and editor, producing commercials, documentaries, promotional and music videos. His video journalism work was acknowledged in 1997 with an Associated Press of Ohio First Place Feature award. In addition, Rick’s video work with multimedia companies along with NBC and CBS affiliates has taken him to several states, as well as to Canada and the Dominican Republic. During this time, he furthered his education in Arts and Graphic Design while attending the University of Maine at Augusta and Youngstown State University in Ohio.

Rick’s career at UMA started in 2001 as a Distance Education Technician. Currently, he is a Media Services Technician ll at the Augusta campus and works in Interactive television. He also produces videos for the University of Maine centers and University College system.

In addition to working at UMA, Rick owns and operates a multimedia production company, Wing Walker Media. He enjoys writing and recording music, gardening, camping and cooking vegan meals with his wife Allison.


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Stephen Hatch

Media Services Technician CL 2
stephen.hatch@maine.edu
(207) 621-3046

Stephen Hatch works for University College on the Augusta campus as a Media Services Technician. He assists faculty in preparing and broadcasting classes to a statewide audience at the UC sites and centers, and he helps students and faculty with technical questions, Blackboard issues, and general distance education concerns. He has attended UM, USM, and has taken architecture classes through UMA. Stephen has had a background in technical fields, including stints as an iodination lab supervisor, a dialysis clinic chief technician, and has served many years as an MST at University College.

Fun fact: Stephen also restores historic military vehicles and plays guitar in Pejepscot Station, a Bluegrass/Americana band.