The Centers for Learning Excellence (CLE) of Cuyahoga Community College inspire faculty to think about infusing their courses with technology to enhance the learning experience for our students. The CLEs are located conveniently on each campus to offer face-to-face consultations and workshops on implementing instructional technology with pedagogically sound instructional methods. We serve both full-time and adjunct faculty. Faculty are invited to call or drop in for assistance with questions about Blackboard, course development, or more advanced technologies and software available for faculty use. The East, West, and Metro CLE is staffed by a full-time instructional technologist, a part-time instructional support specialist, and an instructional designer. The Westshore CLE is staffed by a full-time instructional designer and part-time instructional technologist. Appointments can be made to guarantee availability by phone, email, or in-person at your campus CLE.
Center for Learning Excellence Staff
Meet our Instructional Technologists
Kessandra Jackson, M.Ed | Metro CLE, MBA 112 | 216-987-4864
Kessandra Jackson, the Instructional Support Specialist, is able to provide additional faculty support. She works Monday – Thursday from 1:00 -6:00 p.m. She has taught a variety of business and technology courses as an adjunct instructor here at Metro Campus. Kessandra has taught both online and face to face, so she can relate to a myriad of faculty experiences. She has also served as an Advisory Board Member for Ashland University’s Professional Development Services where she developed and facilitated professional development workshops for K-12 educators and was an Advisory Board Member and Conference Presenter for WVIZ Ideastream’s Women in Technology Conference (2014).
Karen Gray, M.Ed. | West CLE, G270D | 216-987-5093
Karen Gray recently moved to Cleveland from Blacksburg, Virginia. She has a master’s degree in education and an undergraduate degree in architecture. Her most recent employment was as the Assistant Director for Emerging Educational Technologies and Learning Environments in Virginia Tech’s Learning Technologies department. Previously she was the Coordinator of Instruction for Virginia Tech’s Faculty Development Institute. Along with her technology interests she also has a background in elementary education, teaching at the 4th grade level, plus is a licensed architect. Her interests are two-fold; 1. the integration of physical/virtual space, pedagogy, and emerging technologies; creating learning environments that meet the needs of students and faculty in a student-centered learning setting, and 2. Technology-enhanced Active Learning (TEAL), collaborating with faculty to increase active learning in and out of the classroom through the use of emerging and engaging technologies.
Sarah Greywitt, M.Ed | East CLE, ELA100B | 216-987-2102Sarah Greywitt has been an adjunct lecturer at Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus since 2012, where she has taught theater and speech communication classes. She has also designed eLearning modules for the Innovation department at Saint-Gobain PPL. Prior to joining Tri-C, Sarah was an adjunct lecturer at Wilbur Wright College and Malcolm X College, two of the City Colleges of Chicago. She holds a BA from Ohio University, an MA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MEd in Instructional Technology from Kent State University.
Meet our Senior Instructional Designers
Kevin Dranuski, M.Ed. | West CLE, WSS 203 | 216-987-6123
Kevin has worked in the visual communication and instructional design industries for over 15 years. He received his Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Instructional Design and Development, with a focus on educational gaming and design. Kevin’s prior experience includes serving as a full-time faculty member at Bowling Green State University, an Instructional Designer and Training Specialist for BP Oil, and most recently, working at Tri-C as the Manager of Next Generation Learning in eLi and an Instructional Technologist in the Academic Excellence Center with the Office of Teaching Learning & Academic Professional Development.
Pam Regrut | Metro CLE | 216-987-4369
Pam has been with Tri-C for seven years. She served as a Coordinator with the ABLE (Adult Basic Literacy Education) group prior to coming to the Metro Center for Learning Excellence. Pam brings with her a wealth of experience in both manufacturing and academia. She has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University. She was an Industrial Engineer for eight years in the steel industry and upon completing her Masters in Labor Relations & Human Resources worked as a HR Coordinator for four years. Pam has designed and taught a number of adult education courses including the Microsoft Office products, Introduction to PC’s and PC’s in My Classroom. Pam currently serves on the MET/MIET (Mechanical/ Manufacturing Industrial Engineering Technologies) Committee.
Kristina Ambrosia-Conn, M.A. | East CLE, ELA 100A | 216-987-2154
Kristina Ambrosia-Conn has spent the past several years as an instructional designer for a variety of educational institutions. She is certified as a Peer Reviewer, APPQMR Online Facilitator, and IYOC Online facilitator for Quality Matters. Kristina is also an adjunct instructor (FYE/English) with experience teaching both fully online and in traditional seat based courses, and original chair of (re)imaginings – a creative student showcase. She received her B.A. in Psychology from John Carroll University and her M.A. in English from Cleveland State University. Because she loves learning about innovative teaching strategies, trying new things in the classroom, and sharing these finds with fellow faculty members, she attends and presents at national conferences regularly.
Meet our Instructional Support Specialists (ISS)
Metro ISS position is vacant
Bill Fogarty, M.Ed. | West CLE, WSS 203 | 216-987-5153
After retiring from Tri-C in 2011 from his position as Instructional Technologist at the Western Campus AEC, Bill has returned to work in the Instructional Support Specialist position. Originally a graphic designer, he began designing and building Web sites in the 1990s, and also branched out into digital video and audio editing. Eventually, those skills were used to create instructional interactive multimedia for Tri-C faculty. In 2003, he earned a Master of Education degree in Instructional Technology from Kent State University. Bill’s experience includes teaching faculty how to effectively use Blackboard, Adobe Connect and Presenter, as well as Softchalk and Camtasia Relay.
Steve Ahern, A.A.B. | East CLE, EMHC 100 | 216-987-2172
Steve has worked at Tri-C for over 20 years helping instructors create and prepare various media for their traditional, blended, and online courses. Prior to his current position as an Instructional Support Specialist, Steve was a Graphic Lab Specialist at Tri-C. He has also worked for a Menu Design company and has done some freelance work. He is a graduate from Hiram College, the Commercial Art program at Tri-C, and Cooper School of Art.
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