Emerging Learning Design

Purpose and Mission Statement

Comprised of academic and learning community members from around the country, the Emerging Learning Design Executive Board (ELD EB) oversees and assists in the organization and implementation of all ELD activities, events, and projects.  ELD is firmly committed to the idea that, although technology has become a critical partner in teaching and learning, the pedagogy must always take precedence.

The two major efforts the ELD EB oversees are the annual Emerging Learning Design Conference and the Journal of Emerging Learning Design.  The EB also plays an active role in the development, maintenance, and growth of the ELD Community, which is dedicated to creating a space to showcase innovation and to engage in a vibrant and dynamic discourse regarding pedagogy and how technology can better enhance and transform it.

Executive Board members are volunteers who serve 2-year terms, with no term limit currently set. A “year” on the ELD EB begins on June 1st and ends on June 30th of the following year, meaning a two-year term is 25 months. EB Members whose terms are expiring will be notified in January of the year the term expires.  In order to allow time for replacement, EB Members are asked to notify the Membership Committee Chair of their desire to remain on the EB no later than March 31st of the year his/her term expires.


Executive Committee

AJ Kelton

AJ Kelton
Executive Director                Current term: 2016-2018

AJ Kelton, Director of the CHSS Center for the Digital Humanities, in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University in New Jersey, is involved in academic and emerging technology, digital humanities, social media, games, and virtual worlds for education and has presented on these topics both in the U.S. and internationally. 

Associate Director               Current Term: 2017-2019

Veronica Armour is an educator and instructional designer interested in developing learning experiences that make creative use of technology. She has experience with developing online courses, workshops, and events related to teaching and learning with technology. Her primary areas of focus are online course development, engagement strategies, learning space design, and diversity in makerspaces. Additionally, Veronica enjoys tinkering with technologies in support of projects related to narratives, storytelling and text analysis, such as oral histories and historical letters.

Veronica Armour

veronica armour

Teresa Slobuski

teresa slobuski
Secretary                                   Current Term: 2016-2018

Teresa Slobuski is the Head Librarian of the Vairo Library at Penn State Brandywine. In this role she oversees the operations of the library on campus and acts as a conduit between the libraries and campus students and faculty. She is currently the Association of College and Research Libraries’ representative to the Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies Accessibility Assembly. She is also a member of the Stonewall Book Awards Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award Committee, which highlights excellence in LGBT representation in Juvenile literature. Slobuski is passionate about access and social justice and actively works to improve both representation and recognition of all in libraries.

 CURRENT TERM: 2018-2020

Director of Educational and Emerging Technologies in the Division of Information Technology Services, SUNY Empire State College

In this role, Joshua helps research and develop tools to support learning development and service management, implement and support new technologies to find new and innovative ways to deliver instruction. In collaboration with ITS and other leaders across the college, he finds ways to utilize educational technology to push the college-wide strategic mission to become a leader in learning space design, online/hybrid education and varied modes of instruction.

Joshua Gaul

Joshua Gaul

Board Members

Bryan Alexander

Bryan Alexander
Current term: 2018-2020

Bryan is a futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education.Some of the areas he focuses on include social media, digital storytelling, mobile devices, gaming, pedagogy, scholarly communication, forecasting, and the future of academia.In the past he has worked in a used bookstore, has been an English professor, and has helped build a national nonprofit organization, the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), where he was senior fellow.  Now he writes full time and runs a consulting firm.On that English lit theme, he has been researching and teaching Gothic literature for some time.  Some publications include articles on Dracula, The Blair Witch Project, and the cybergothic idea. 

Current term: 2016-2018              Terms: 2 (since 2014)

Catherine provides leadership and support for online teaching and learning related to information literacy and library instruction. Her research focuses on understanding the behavior of information seekers and researchers and improving thir online user experience. She blends this interest with a passion for teaching information literacy. 

Catherine Baird

catherine baird

Jeff Bergin

jeff birgin
Current term: 2016-2018

Jeff Bergin has led curriculum, instructional, experience, and environment design for various educational technology companies for the past 20 years. Currently, Dr. Bergin is the Vice President of Learning Research & Design at Macmillan Learning, where he leads a team of learning researchers and experience designers. Previously, he was the Vice President of Learning & Experience Design for Pearson’s Global Product Organization, and his team designed more than a dozen product models that included personalized and adaptive systems, online courseware, e-books, lab-based interventions, and handheld products. 

CURRENT TERM: 2016-2018      

Michael is the assistant director for the Center of Teaching, Learning, and Technology at the University of Richmond, a private liberal arts university in Virginia. He supervises academic technology consultants (liaisons) in an effort to support faculty with instructional design, pedagogy consultations and assisting with the appropriate use of technology in teaching and learning. Michael also has multiple degrees in music theory/composition/music business and has taught face-to-face and online music courses for most of his career in academia, dating back to 1994. 

Michael Dixon

Michael Dixon

C.L Eddins

C.l. eddins
CURRENT TERM: 2018-2020

C.L. Eddins is a full-time instructional designer who works for Berkeley College Online.  He works with the Larry L. Luing School of Business faculty to help develop and design their online classes through collaborative meetings via phone, in person, and video conferencing.  He also present at various conferences to include BBWorld, NJEdge, etc, as well as present webinars onsite at Berkeley College for online faculty.  C.L. also manage projects which included assistance in the first Berkeley College MOOC, Road to Success, and Online Orientation.

CURRENT TERM: 2016-2018

Jerry Alan Fails is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. His primary focus of research is Human-Computer Interaction, with a current focus on technologies that support children’s creativity, mobility, and collaboration.  He currently directs an intergenerational design team (Kidsteam) at Montclair State University.  The team consists of young children and adults who work together as partners to improve and design new technologies. He received his Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland in 2009, where he was an active member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) for six years while working with Dr. Allison Druin and with the Kidsteam there. In 2003, he received his MS in Computer Science from Brigham Young University where he worked with Dr. Dan Olsen Jr. on perceptual user interfaces. 

Jerry Alan Fails

jerry alan fails

Dena Novak

CURRENT TERM: 2018-2020

Dena Novak is a Senior Instructional Designer with the Teaching and Learning with Technology team at Rutgers University. She has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Education from Rutgers University, and previously served as a high school English and Special Education teacher. Dena has also taught both online and face-to face courses at the University for the Writing and Information Technology programs. She loves working with faculty to develop great courses, and is passionate about pedagogy, student engagement in all types of learning environments, and the power of educational technology tools to improve learning and teaching experiences in higher education.

CURRENT TERM: 2018-2020

Natalie is an accomplished educator, writer, and presenter. Through her innovative research and forward thinking, Natalie participates as a presenter and panelist speaker on topics including but not limited to identity, gender, and cultural studies, educational leadership, emerging technologies, and instructional design at conferences nationwide. Natalie holds Masters degrees in both Humanities and Education, is a certified Google for Education Innovator, Trainer, and Mentor, and a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator. She has held positions as a classroom teacher and technology coordinator within the K-12 sector, has designed courses and taught at both two-and four-year colleges, and currently maintains roles as both an Adjunct Professor and Curriculum Development Instructional Design Specialist within Rutgers University, where she provides professional development training and instructional support in topics ranging from technology integration, strategic planning, student engagement, cooperative learning and other educational best practices.


Natalie O'Neil

Natalie O'Neil

Amy Pate

Amy Pate
CURRENT TERM: 2018-2020

Amy Pate is the Senior Instructional Designer, for the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. Her responsibilities include consulting with faculty to develop creative and innovative uses of technology for face­to­face, hybrid, and fully online classes. Amy develops the TeachT@lk Webinar series and workshops on classroom technologies, and “best practices” for integrating active, student­centered, learning in courses through evidence­based teaching. She is a Master Reviewer for Quality Matters, and is currently teaching for Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. She has presented at conferences on a variety of topics including MakerSpaces, 3D Printing, Virtual Reality and Web Conferencing tools.

CURRENT TERM: 2016-2018

Ralph is an assistant professor at Fordham University. His research focuses on designing and studying interactive experiences that enhance cultural inclusivity and change.

Ralph Vacca

Ralph Vacca

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Past Executive Board Members




Years Served

Assistant Professor, Philosophy

Montclair State University


Media Literacy Librarian

University of Tennessee


Chief Information Officer

Concord University


Former Director of the ADP Center

Montclair State University


Associate Professor

Marist College


Director of Program Development

Tufts University


Gina Blakeslee


RGB Consulting