About eLearning and Instructional Support

eLearning and Instructional Support (eLIS) is composed of instructional designers, systems administrators and graduate students working as a team to help faculty integrate technology into their teaching. Through consultations, workshops and webinars, we provide technical and pedagogical instructional support about various online educational practices. We promote student success by helping faculty address new ways to engage their learners and reach their learning goals.

Contact us by emailing your questions and course number to elearning@umb.edu

The eLIS Team Members

Melanie Maxham

Melanie Maxham

Graduate Assistant for eLIS

Melanie is on track to graduate from the Instructional Design M.Ed. in 2017 and is currently pursuing her internship at Endicott College. She finished the requirements for the Instructional Technology Certificate by May 2016. Melanie graduated from UMass Boston in 2013 with a B.A. in Social Psychology and an accelerated M.A. in Applied Sociology with a Forensic Services concentration.

Jouliana Bosneva

Jouliana Bosneva

Instructional Designer

Jouliana is an Instructional Designer mentoring faculty in the best approaches to achieve effective hybrid or blended learning, including adult learning theory, objectives, lecture materials, assessments, multimedia and other course enhancements. She teaches faculty to develop learning and performance objectives in web-enhanced courses. Jouliana holds a Bachelor in Graphic Design, Master in Education and Master in Digital Media Arts and Science. Her current interest includes new technologies, design and development of multimedia learning modules, and Interest in the online environment as an educational and communication tool.

Michelle Mcintyre

Michelle Mcintyre

Instructional Designer

Mish McIntyre is a learning designer, artist, and educator with 10 years of experience working in higher education.  She received a MFA from Massachusetts College of Art & Design and an M.Ed from Suffolk University. Gameful play remains the core of her everyday work with interactive classrooms and student-centered learning strategies for both blended and online environments. Mish is part of an interdepartmental team helping to create an open Makerspace on campus. When not playing Minecraft, Mish is also an adjunct for the Game-based Teaching with Technology Certificate in the Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction.

Linda Sudlesky

Linda Sudlesky

Instructional Designer

Linda is a graduate of the UMass Boston Instructional Design program and has been working with the Instructional Support team for over 4 years. She has backgrounds in Fine Art and Special Education, and is particularly interested in Universal Design for Learning and ensuring accessibility of instructional materials for all. Linda also teaches the Prezi workshop on campus, and the Online Content Delivery as well as Blackboard Collaborate webinars.  Linda supports Blackboard Collaborate, mobile learning, and other instructional technologies.
Theresa Nelson Miller

Theresa Nelson Miller

Educational Technology Specialist

Theresa Nelson Miller is interested in strategies for promoting peer instruction, cultivating student motivation, and critical and creative thinking skills in K-12 and higher education. She supports the iClicker response system, wikis, blogs, Blackboard, SafeAssign, Adobe CC, iMovie and more. For more information visit her blog at http://blogs.umb.edu/theresanelson.

Ellen Foust

Ellen Foust

Instructional Designer

Ellen Foust is an Instructional Designer supporting web-enhanced courses. Her personal goal is to guide each faculty at his or her own pace into the world of Blackboard, encouraging them to leverage the tools of the software rather than using it to park content. She believes strongly that pedagogy drives technology and works carefully with each faculty, listening to needs and brainstorming solutions. She holds an MA in Art History and an M.Ed. in Instructional Design from the UMass Instructional Design Program. Her professional interests include hybrid pedagogy, Open Course Resources, and voice communication in online environments.

Paula Thorsland

Paula Thorsland

Senior Instructional Designer

Paula holds a BA in English and Education, and an M.Ed. in Instructional Design. She has worked in the education field for 18 years as an instructor and more recently as an Instructional Designer at UMass Boston. Paula’s focus is to help faculty learn to use technology successfully in their online and face to face courses, while ensuring that course objectives are being met. She supports Atomic Learning and works to develop faculty training in Blackboard for online courses. In her free time, Paula is an avid sailor and mother of two teenage daughters.

Rrezarta Hyseni

Rrezarta Hyseni

Senior Instructional Designer

Rrezarta has been supporting our faculty and students with online learning in various instructional support roles since 2007. As Senior Instructional Designer, Rrezarta guides faculty in the design, development and delivery of online courses and best uses of technology for teaching and learning. Rrezarta has a background in the visual arts and is an advocate of open and free education. Her current focus is the design of open online courses and interactive learning experiences. Rrezarta is a graduate of UMass Boston’s MEd Program in Instructional Design, class of 2009.

Peter Tofuri

Peter Tofuri

LMS Administrator

Peter graduated with a B.A. in History/Geography from the University of Massachusetts in Boston where he has been working since 1983. Peter has been an LMS Administrator with eLIS since 2008. Prior to that, he spent 14 years as a programmer/database administrator for the University Advancement Office. He also spent 4 years as a Financial Aid Officer earlier in his career. He enjoys working with the faculty and students as well as his colleagues.

Kalindi Mehta

Kalindi Mehta

LMS Administrator

Kalindi Mehta is the LMS Administrator providing support to the IT Ed Tech team and the Division of Corporate, Continuing, and Distance Education at UMASS Boston. Her previous experience includes teaching Mathematics, Programming and Database administration. Some of the current and ongoing projects she is involved in are developing the knowledge base for PerceptIS, upgrading and testing BlackBoard, Cognos, batch processing PeopleSoft queries for course creation and student enrollments, creating and downloading results for Online Course Evaluations, establishing protocols for data exchange between PeopleSoft and User Interface System (Middleware) and assisting faculty and students using BlackBoard Learn.

Irene Yukhananov

Irene Yukhananov

Senior Instructional Designer

Irene obtained her M.Ed. at UMass Boston and became one of the first Instructional Designers to develop eLearning and Instructional Support with Gene Shwalb in 2007. She is now a senior designer implementing the long and short term goals for the University to promote student success and meet NEASC standards. Irene also manages the graduate and undergraduate assistantship program for eLearning and Instructional Support within which students help refine the faculty support model and develop hands-on skills to enhance their portfolios for graduation.

Gene Shwalb

Gene Shwalb

Manager of eLearning and Instructional Support

Gene is the Manager for eLearning and Instructional Support at UMass Boston where he trains and supports faculty who teach fully online courses using Blackboard and other online tools. Additionally he teaches courses on Web 2.0 technologies, Social Media, and Mobile Learning in the graduate Instructional Design program of the College of Advancing and Professional Studies. He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Boston University School of Management, and UMass Boston Graduate College of Education. Gene is also a professional musician.