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major projects

Got a great teaching idea?

The IDEA Lab helps ICRE faculty develop innovative, technology-enhanced programs, courses, and training using research-based learning principles, modern digital tools, and multimedia design.

We provide:

  • Pedagogical and instructional design support

  • Practical advice on project-appropriate tools and platforms

  • Video recording and post-production editing

  • Assistance with assessment and learning analytics

  • Collaboration on educational research and publications

  • Support for grants with hybrid/online training components


our team.


Marie Norman, PhD: Director

Dr. Norman spearheads online and tech-enhanced initiatives at the ICRE and leads the IDEA Lab team. Norman has taught extensively and worked in the scholarship of teaching and learning for over 13 years, focusing in particular on international and online education. She is co-author of the book, How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching, which distills learning research into practical teaching strategies. She also writes for Synapse and Faculty Focus and speaks regularly at education conferences.


Natalie Vazquez, MFA: Video Production Specialist and           

                                Multimedia Designer 

Natalie, a graduate of Chatham University’s Master's in Film and Digital Technology program, has broad professional experience with visual communication design and video production. She has produced documentary films, promotional and instructional videos using a wide range of techniques, from videography to motion graphics. At the ICRE, Natalie collaborates with faculty and the IDEA Lab team to develop high-quality multimedia content for courses and modules.


Isabel Crevasse, MSLS, MA: Instructional Designer

Isabel draws on her background in librarianship and collaborative teaching to assist in the design and development of online courses for advanced degree and training programs in clinical and translational science at the ICRE. Isabel uses this background, along with her experience in visual and narrative design, to create innovative instructional materials that connect pedagogical principles with digital technologies and are grounded in engaging storytelling. She strives to make online learning accessible for learners and instructors alike.


Casey Buchanan-Smith, MA, CPACC: Graphic and Web Designer

Casey is an alumna of Edinboro University’s design program and received her Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Design from Chatham University. Casey is a Certified Professional of Accessibility Core Competences with two years of full-time digital accessibility auditing and consulting. She will happily engage in any conversation involving assistive technology or the Great Highland Bagpipe which she has been playing since she was a child. Casey welcomes the opportunity to serve as the ICRE’s go to for any questions about digital accessibility while also working to ensure well thought out and crafted graphics and illustrations, etc. 

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