The COHLIT Team

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OFFICE OF INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Mary Labrada
Mary Labrada | Instructional Designer

Mary Labrada is an Instructional Designer at the Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies (COHLIT). She earned her B.S. in Exercise Science from Rutgers University and her M.Ed. in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts Boston Online. Before joining COHLIT, she spent 8 years supporting students and faculty in medical education at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

mlabrada@docs.rutgers.edu 

 
Marie Man Li
Marie Li | Senior Instructional Designer

Marie Li serves as the Senior Instructional Designer with the Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies at Rutgers. Marie assumes the role of the team lead for the Instructional Design group, supporting Rutgers faculty in designing and developing online and hybrid courses as well as providing faculty with support on various LMSs and educational tools. She is also the coordinator for MOOCs at Rutgers which partners with Coursera.

Marie has 15 years’ experience of providing Academic Technology Services and online education for higher education. Prior to joining the team of COHLIT, she worked for Ellucian (formerly known as Sungard Higher Education) and served over 35 client universities/colleges nationwide, and assumed a variety of roles and responsibilities (e.g. Startup Academic Technology Director, Instructional Technology Manager, Instructional Designer and LMS administrator). Marie has a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology as well as a Master’s degree in Teaching.

mli@docs.rutgers.edu

 
John Obenchain
John Obenchain | Instructional Designer

After earning his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and History at Indiana University, John relocated to New Jersey to take a job in the Global Pharmaceutical Industry.  He enrolled in Rutgers Business School while working as a professional Chemist, and transitioned to the international business side of his company just prior to earning his MBA.

When the Pharmaceutical Industry entered a troubling period of ongoing reorganization, John took the initiative to design and deliver several corporate training programs to help his colleagues stay up-to-date in the ever-changing environment.  Seeking to build upon this opportunity, he began working on his Doctorate in Education at Rutgers’ Graduate School of Education.  Today, John is an instructional designer at COHLIT, and has nearly completed his Doctoral Degree.

jobenchain@docs.rutgers.edu

 
Emily Ravenwood
Emily Ravenwood | Senior Instructional Designer

Emily Ravenwood is a Senior Instructional Designer for the Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies. She coordinates faculty training and supports Rutgers faculty in developing hybrid and online courses. Before joining COHLIT’s Office of Instructional Design, she taught for nine years at Wittenberg University, and another eight before that at the Ohio State and Eastern Michigan Universities, and she is a certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer. Her M.A. and A.B.D. are in Language and Literature, and she has taught writing, business communication, and literature in both hybrid and online formats, giving her insight into the challenges facing online faculty. Her professional research has focused on effective online pedagogy and accessible design, supported by ten years experience as a website designer and programmer. Working with both front- and back-end design has given her considerable experience in how users interact with online material, and how to create effective information architecture.

eravenwood@docs.rutgers.edu

 
Kyle Whitmus
Kyle Whitmus | Instructional Designer

Kyle Whitmus joined COHLIT in August 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Washington State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing – Fiction from the University of Massachusetts—Amherst. At UMass—Amherst, Kyle taught College Writing in the Writing Program and supported faculty in digital pedagogy and the use of instructional technology as part of the Instructional Media Lab. His responsibilities as an Instructional Designer at COHLIT include collaborating and consulting with University faculty in the migration, conception, development, and refinement of their online and hybrid courses. Kyle lives in Red Bank and in his free time enjoys beachgoing, downtowning, creative writing, DIY furniture, mixed media visual art, plastic music, paper books, and Oxford commas.  

kwhitmus@docs.rutgers.edu

 
Joseph Yankus
Joseph Yankus | Instructional Designer

Joe Yankus is an Instructional Designer at the Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies (COHLIT). Prior to arriving at Rutgers, Joe spent eight years at Seton Hall University, where he earned his B.A. in Communication Studies & Sociology and his M.A. in Instructional Design & Technology. Joe’s professional experience includes five years at Seton Hall’s IT department, where he provided on-site and online technical support for the University community and led training workshops for new department hires. He then spent three years at the Seton Hall University Libraries, where his duties included web development, creation of training materials, resource acquisition, art gallery assistance and more.

jyankus@docs.rutgers.edu