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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.
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.
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.
Natalie Vazquez, MFA: Video Production Specialist and
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. She also uses her eye for photography and design to brand digital signage, logos, icons and printed materials.
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
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.