I don’t believe in work-life balance. I believe in work-life integration. When you love what you do and you believe in it, your life finds a way of prioritizing itself. You make sacrifices for the things you need – and I have. You spend time doing the things you love – and I do.

Sasha in Magazine ArticleHow we spend our days is how we spend our lives. The educational system has the unique opportunity in America to truly provide opportunity to every child and every adult student. Making that happen is how I spend my days.

I am the Assistant Vice President for Academic Technology and New Learning Models at Southern New Hampshire University.  Previously I was Director of eLearning Technologies in the Office of eLearning and Innovation (eLi) at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), where I was responsible for three main focal areas – propelling institutional innovation, managing the eLearning technology infrastructure team, and implementing Quality Matters college-wide.  I propose and advocate for new strategies, technology applications, and innovative learning projects, leading teams for specific pilots and implementations of new forms of technology integration from an effective learning design focus.  Current focus areas include Competency-Based Education, Prior Learning Assessment, MOOCs for developmental education, and the use of game mechanics to improve student resilience.

Previous to that position, I was the  Manager of Next Generation Learning, exploring new learning models like edugaming and MOOCs.  I first came to Tri-C as the Senior Instructional Designer, where I worked with faculty to design online and hybrid courses that incorporated sound design principles and are student-centric. Before coming to Cuyahoga Community College, I worked at WVIZ/PBS ideastream in Cleveland, Ohio, as their Online Learning Coordinator. In that role, I managed the PBS TeacherLine program of online courses in Desire2Learn throughout Ohio in addition to designing and developing courses for professional development for K-12 teachers in Moodle. I worked in partnership with Ashland University, Cleveland State University, Notre Dame College, and The University of Akron to provide graduate-level education for in-service teachers to further professional skills and for licensure renewal.

I am the co-recipient of the 2013 MOOC Award for Excellence through the Open CourseWare Consortium (now Open Education Consortium), the 2010 Innovation of the Year award from the League for Innovation for a course template designed to provide faculty with instructionally sound courses in Blackboard pre-populated with standard college-wide and technology-based content. I have written articles for Distance Learning, EDUCAUSE Review, eLearn Magazine, and an effective practice for a Faculty Instructional Design Toolkit in SLOAN-C’s repository of best practices (now OLC). I also do consulting in instructional design in K-12, higher education, and corporate environments. With a background in education, development, and the arts, I approach problems by looking for creative solutions that work for both students and faculty, and I like to consider myself an advocate for the effectiveness of distance learning. My Ph.D. in higher education administration is from Kent State University, as is my Masters in the Art of Teaching.  I attended the University of Akron for my BFA.