The COHLIT Team
A Loyal Son (LC, SCI ’99), Christopher Valera is responsible for the technical operations and system administration of Rutgers Online, the Instructure Canvas Learning Management System, and the Pearson eCollege Learning Management System. His areas of responsibility include IT staff leadership, instructional technology, vendor management, IT project management, application development, data management, and the help desk. Christopher works closely with University leadership, central administration, academic units, and strategic partners in new product discovery, system integration, and delivering tools to the online learning community at Rutgers. Christopher was previously the Assistant Director - IT of IT @ Continuing Studies (IT@CS), Rutgers University.
Yuri is a senior application developer at the Center for Online Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies (COHLIT). He is responsible for the development and maintenance of onsite applications and integration with University Learning Management Systems. He also brings his knowledge in project management, web development and systems administration for over 10 years before joining Division of Continuing Studies in 2014. Yuri has a Master’s degree in Computer Science and has a huge love for soccer.
Priscilla is an Instructional Technology Specialist and has been a member of COHLIT since 2013. Previously she has served as a Lab Coordinator in the Rutgers Department of Plant Biology & Pathology where she aided faculty in using both Sakai & eCollege's Learning Management System & Smart Classrooms, and was responsible for various departmental and curriculum websites (in addition to coordinating introductory biology labs for over 900 students). She provides pedagogical support for faculty interested in using instructional technologies to enhance their students' online learning experiences. Her focus includes course design & revision in various LMSs and the use of edTech tools (VoiceThread, Google Aps, online proctoring solutions). Priscilla excels at technical writing and ensuring online courses have necessary “Getting Started” information. She is a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer, Quality Matters Coordinator, and a VoiceThread Certified Educator. She has a B.S., Horticulture, from Penn State University, and a M.S., Plant Biology, from Rutgers.
Beatrice is a student majoring in Information Technology & Informatics and minoring in Computer Science at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Technology aside, she is also minoring in Music and has a passion for graphic design that continues to inspire her creativity. With the Center for Online and Hybrid Learning, she assists in project management, especially organizing the annual Rutgers Online Learning Conference. Beforehand, she has had coding, digital marketing, and creative design experience which include connecting people to technology in innovative ways. On campus, she volunteers to teach middle-school girls coding with Douglass DIMACS Computing Corps and is Co-Vice President of Rutgers Women in Computer Science. She also plays for the Rutgers Women’s Rugby team in her spare time. Beatrice’s ultimate goal is to push her limits to develop something that improves happiness and the quality of life across the world.