Instructional Design Newsletter – August 2015

Instructional Design Newsletter
2015 August

2015 August | Instructional Design Newsletter (pdf)

Tech Bytes Series

 The Tech Bytes Series is comprised of hands-on sessions, focusing on increasing your productivity. Schedules for the 2015 Fall Faculty and Student Tech Bytes series have been finalized! Faculty Tech Bytes sessions will run each week on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. The Student Tech Bytes sessions will run on Wednesday afternoons.

Session registration links are currently available at: Following each session, presentation resources will be posted on the Seton Hall University Technology blog:

Online Learning Corner

Managing Your Time – Effectively

LaptopAugust marks the end of summer and start of the fall semester. Those teaching online courses know how difficult it is to keep up with the weekly discussions, emails, papers etc.
Dr. Aitken offers a few strategies for managing her time more effectively while staying engaged and meeting her feedback deadlines in online courses. For example, Aitken suggests posting class messages at least once a week and keeps a messages folder so she can reuse them.


Makerspace Corner

Seton Hall Maker Party 2015 Update

The Seton Hall community has been busy during this year’s Mozilla #MakerParty. We kicked off the party on Friday, June 17th when several pre-med students came to the CTC to learn about 3D printing. Members of the TLT Center also created projects involving memes, circuits, Raspberry Pi, and upcycling bottle caps. Instructional Designer, Riad Twal, came up with his own project and used 3D printing to develop an antenna to use as an Amateur Radio Operator.



Workshops and Special Events

Faculty Tech Bytes continuing this Fall!

The Faculty Tech Bytes series is continuing this fall. These hands-on workshops will cover a wide range of topics, including 3D Printing, Citation Management, Blackboard Discussion Boards, Blackboard Collaborate, Inline Grading, and more!
Additional information can be found at:


Upcomming CTC Workshops
Session descriptions and registration links available at:

Rank & Tenure Portfolios
Friday, August 7 @ 10:00 AM | click here to register
Wednesday, August 12 @ 12:00 PM | click here to register
Thursday, August 20 @ 10:00 AM | click here to register

Summer Series Remix: Office 365, the “Cloud” & Outlook E-Mail
Wednesday, August 19 @ 10:00 AM | click here to register

Blackboard: Let’s Get Started!
Friday, August 21 @ 10:00 AM | click here to register



Instructional Design Team


Danielle Mirliss, Ed.D.
Director for Instructional Design and Computer Training, TLT Center
(973) 313-6021
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Renee M. Cicchino, M.A.
Senior Instructional Designer
(973) 313-6249
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  • Online Course Development Project Manager
  • Special Projects
  • School of Diplomacy
  • University Library


Amy Phillips, M.Ed.
Learning Systems Manager
(973) 275-2933
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  • Blackboard Support


Bill Otskey
Computer Training Services, Manager
(973) 275-2161


Shayle Adrian, M.S., M.Ed. 
Instructional Designer
(973) 313-6189
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  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
  • Department of Communication & The Arts
  • School of Health & Medical Sciences


Veronica Armour, M.A.T.
Instructional Designer
(973) 275-2930
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  • College of Education & Human Services
  • Department of English
  • Freshman Studies
  • Department of Criminal Justice
  • Language, Literature & Culture


Heidi Trotta, M.A., Ed.M.
Instructional Designer
(973) 275-2882
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  • College of Nursing
  • Department of Political Science & Public Affairs
  • Department of History
  • Department of Philosophy
  • School of Theology
  • Department of Religion


Riad Twal, M.A, M.S., Ed.S.
Instructional Designer
(973) 313-6043
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  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Math & Computer Science
  • Stillman School of Business