One on One Instructional Design Support

Back by popular demand: The Summer Faculty Development Team has arranged for additional time for faculty to arrange follow-up conversations with the fabulous team of Instructional Design Consultants who assisted us last summer in preparation for teaching online. If you are not familiar with the program that was previously offered, these consultants have proven experience working with faculty to navigate change, implement new strategies, enhance pedagogy, improve student engagement, and make the shift when necessary to teaching online. Consultants will be available for hourly appointments from January 11, 2021 through January 29, 2021. Please refer to their schedules below to arrange an appointment.

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Meet the Team

Phylise Banner

  • Over 25 years of experience working with higher education institutions and non-profit organizations to realize online and blended learning courses, programs, and community-based initiatives.
  • A record of continuously exploring and learning theories and adapting the application of effective practices related to online teaching and learning.
  • A focus on building and measuring factors of social presence, teaching presence, and cognitive presence in web-enhanced, blended, and fully online learning solutions.
  • Intentional strategies to discover, understand, envision and prototype learning solutions, which has consistently resulted in the successful design, development, delivery, management, support, and evaluation of web-enhanced, blended, and fully online learning and community initiatives.
  • A commitment to working with clients to translate their pedagogies into rich teaching and learning environments – taking what they know, exploring their engagement strategies, and working with them to define and develop methods and approaches to creating meaningful, memorable, and measurable learning solutions.
  • Along with an agile design mindset, Phylise also brings extensive experience in managing interdisciplinary teams, and an understanding of the sensitivities involved in facilitating successful collaboration among diverse stakeholders.

Megan Cuzzolino

Megan is an educational researcher and instructional designer with expertise in the science of learning and development. She has developed in-person and online learning experiences for courses on a range of topics including cognitive development, public engagement with science, children’s media, and qualitative research methods. While much of her work has been situated in schools of education, Megan has also spent the past seven years advising graduate students on the development of instructional design projects that cover a wide variety of disciplines and intended audiences. Megan is especially interested in the relationship between emotion and learning; her dissertation research explored the role of awe and other related emotions in scientific learning and discovery. She earned a doctorate in human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2019.

Stacie Cassat Green

Stacie has 25 years of experience as an instructional designer, curriculum developer, and instructional coach and designed online, blended, and face to face engaging learning experiences for K–12, higher education, CMEs for surgeons, and executive training. She is an instructor in the Digital Media and Learning Design master’s program at Harvard Extension School. She has made the Dean’s List for Distinguished Teaching 14 times and was awarded the Petra Shattuck Excellence in Teaching award in 2016. For the past 5 years, she has consulted for Union College as an instructional coach and is delighted to have worked with three professors who won teaching awards. Areas of expertise and interest include: figuring out how to hook students at the beginning, identifying and correcting misconceptions, peer learning and small group work, peer review, improving writing, metacognition, creative alternatives to papers and exams, and using technology wisely to find the “Goldilocks” zone.

Shaun Hurley

With degrees in physics, civil engineering, and curriculum and instruction – specializing in educational technology, and with nearly 15 years of classroom experience teaching math, physics, and computer science, I have learned how to seamlessly blend the science and art of teaching. As a doctoral student, my research focus was on blended classrooms, specifically, the flipped model. I currently work for two universities and an independent PreK-12 school. As a course developer of at the University of Florida, I am working with a small group of instructors building a computer science education program from the ground up. As an Instructional Designer at The University of Chapel Hill, I am working with individual instructors and videographers to transform their traditional face-to-face classes to online environments. At St. Edward’s School, I am the educational technology coordinator and computer science instructor. With that said, my areas of interest are in the math/science realm.

Shilpa Patwardhan

Shilpa is the founder of revLDesign, a research-based learning design consultancy focused on instructional design, learning experience design, education technology, learning analytics, and faculty development. She previously led online learning at the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and led course design and development for several partner universities at Wiley Education Services. She launched Wharton’s first online program for senior executives called Strategic Value of Customer Relationships in 2014, working closely with Professor Peter Fader to transform his semester-long MBA class into an interactive, high-touch, facilitated online program. Shilpa graduated with a Ed.M. from the Technology, Innovation, and Education program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

Tracy Fannin-Phillips

Tracy is an instructional designer with a passion for student engagement. She is a consultant for school districts, colleges, state agencies, and major publishers wishing to create effective educational materials. Tracy specializes in identifying educational needs and finding creative learning solutions. The key to this is understanding how people learn. She will work with you to find the best approaches and strategies to increase learning and engagement that work with your teaching style. Tracy’s focus areas are social sciences, humanities, and the arts, but she works with all disciplines. Tracy has worked as a museum curator and educator, and has performed as a writer and editor for McGraw-Hill Education and Zaner-Bloser/Highlights for Children. Tracy was instrumental in helping Zaner-Bloser transition to digital products. Most recently, Tracy has worked freelance with all the major educational publishers, several state education agencies, and many high-profile corporations around the globe. Her credits include McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pearson, Scholastic, and Cengage, as well as BBC, Microsoft, Exelon, Berlitz, and the UAE. For the last couple years, she has been developing higher ed courses and materials for several colleges and organizations, including Western Governors University, Ohio University, College Board, Princeton Review, and Course Hero, as well as writing and editing the SAT, GRE, and MCAT exams. Tracy believes engaging learning opportunities are the key to student satisfaction and successful learning.

Fawn Thompson

Fawn Thompson’s pedagogical/andragogical specialties include diversity and inclusion, mentoring and leadership, and constructivist approaches to teaching and learning. She enjoys helping faculty find ways to translate their in-class activities to the online environment, and can help instructors explore multiple modes of assessment, role play techniques, case studies, peer review, and team-based learning. She can also make recommendations for connecting to students, establishing course policies, ensuring equity, and utilizing guest speakers. Fawn is very comfortable working with teams who have a wide range of technical abilities, and frequently works with folks who are very new to teaching and learning online.

Fawn cares deeply about lifelong learning and mentoring, and won the Online Learning Consortium 2018 Effective Practices Award in recognition of her peer review method for course design. She is a Lead Instructional Designer at the Office of Distance Education of Boston University. Fawn is also a volunteer mentor for a number of Boston-area organizations that support youth development in the arts and technology.


Our office is on the second floor of the library (Library 222), however, we are currently working remotely.


Our virtual office hours are M-F: 8:30am – 4:30pm.
The best way to reach us is by email or submitting a Help Desk ticket.