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

 

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.

Michelle Zuckerman, EdD: Instructional Designer

Michelle works with ICRE faculty and the IDEA Lab team to create dynamic, innovative training materials using multimedia design principles and digital tools. She has developed innovative forms of training/instruction and has facility with a wide range of instructional tools and technologies. Michelle’s work with faculty is informed by her own experience teaching subjects from Engineering Design Process to Qualitative Research Methods at different student levels, as well as by her international experience.  She has lived in Brazil, China, France, Germany and Israel.  Michelle’s approach to problem solving and design comes directly from her background in engineering.

Natalie Vazquez, MFA: Video Production Specialist 

                                & 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 and methods, from videography to motion graphic animation. At the ICRE, Natalie works with faculty and the IDEA Lab team to develop high-quality multimedia content for courses and modules. She also uses her eye for photography and design to brand digital signage, logos, icons and printed materials. 

Colleen Mayowski, EdD, MLIS: Assessment Coordinator

Dr. Mayowski has been teaching adult learners for decades. At the ICRE, she teaches Medical Writing and Presentation Skills and leads the competency-based education initiative. Colleen calls upon her humanities/social sciences background to guide her approach to assessment challenges. Mayowski is interested in new opportunities for assessment research, and presents regularly at assessment conferences.

Chelsea works with the IDEA Lab team to find and adapt technologies and tools to create interactive online course materials at the ICRE. Using her background in health education and amateur creative writing, she has used “choose-your-own-adventure” narratives and video game mechanics to create interactive course assignments that promote decision-making skills in a virtual setting. Chelsea currently uses these assignments in her course on Measurement in Clinical Research for the EXCEL-CRT program offered through the ICRE. She hopes to continue to find innovative tools and technologies to support ICRE faculty in developing interesting methods to teach complex course content in online courses.

Chelsea Proulx, MPH: Research and Evaluation Specialist 

University of Pittsburgh