Welcome to the Academic Technology Solutions. The Team works collaboratively with all areas of the university to provide and support a culture of innovative uses of educational technologies to engage and empower learning experiences based on best practices and research.


Joe Jirka
Learning Management System (LMS) Administrator
(815) 836-5668

Samantha Kinser, M.Ed.
Senior Academic Technologist
(815) 836-5518

Lee Pedraza
Instructional Design Specialist
(815) 836-5708

Lisa Caldwell
Faculty Development and Support Technologist
(815) 836-5748

What we do

  • Faculty development of online teaching and technology coach/model
  • Development of online and blended classes (Assist faculty in developing online and blended classes)
    • Provide templates
    • Introduce innovative learning strategies & technologies
    • Present best practices from researched methods
    • Provide consulting during the development process
    • Review courses for quality assurance
How we do it
  • Workshops on ground
  • Workshops online
  • Online-Blended Certification
    • Four-day intensive Boot Camp
    • Online Delivery
    • Face-to-Face and blended options for groups
  • May Institute
  • Presentations at departmental or group meetings
  • Resources and Tutorials
  • Consultations in person and on the phone
  • Networking
Who we do it for
  • Full & Part-time faculty
  • Adjuncts
  • Staff
We provide
  • Expertise
  • Encouragement
  • Ongoing Support