Dr. Brian Beatty is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Operations at San Francisco State University (SF State). He oversees the Academic Technology unit and coordinates the use of technology in the academic programs across the university. He works closely with IT professionals and executive leaders in other units to coordinate overall information technology strategic management at SF State. His primary areas of interest and academic research include social interaction in online learning and developing instructional design theory for hybrid learning environments. At SF State as a tenured faculty member of the Instructional Technologies department, Dr. Beatty pioneered the development and evaluation of the HyFlex course design model for blended learning environments, implementing a “student-directed-hybrid” approach to better support student learning. Dr. Beatty has worked professionally as an e-learning instructional designer and project manager since 2000, holding several full and part time positions in several companies. He has led the design and development of dozens of corporate e-learning and academic online courses, presented his work at many professional conferences, and written several book chapters and journal articles in the e-learning field.
Kyle Creason has worked as a filmmaker, videographer and educational technologist for more than 15 years at such institutions as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Southern California and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He holds a B.A. in Cinema and an M.A. in Instructional Technologies from San Francisco State University. His areas of specialty include filmmaking, digital video, editing, digital animation, visual storytelling and multimedia production. Website: Kyle Creason Portfolio
Myron Maciejewski, M.A. Ed., has been an instructional designer and writer since the mid-1980s. He has written and produced hundreds of instances of classroom-based courseware, instructional video, and eLearning for audiences ranging from kindergarteners to venture capitalists. His content areas have included computer hardware and software, K-12 reading and language arts, natural sciences, industrial safety, biomed, and communication skills, to name a few. He adds to his writing experience many voice-over and on-camera appearances.
Zahira Merchant is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technologies at SF State. Before joining SF State, Merchant was the project manager and postdoctoral research associate of a NSF project studying the use of innovative 3-D virtual environment. Merchant served as a HR trainer, teacher educator, curriculum developer, principal, and program evaluator for over ten years. Merchant won the Certificate of Merit Award from AECT for a game she designed and developed for nursing education. She is the recipient of the Robert Gagne Award from AECT for outstanding dissertation.
Christopher Salem, D.C., M.Ed., teaches graduate design courses for the Department of Instructional Technologies at San Francisco State University's College of Education and currently holds the position of program coordinator for SF State Extended Learning's E-Learning Development program. In addition, Dr. Salem is currently the Director for e-learning and distance education programs at the Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences.