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Our Mission

A word on what steps we mean to climb.

At the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT), we believe that all individuals are made in the image of God. Thus, we cultivate learning environments online, on-ground and everywhere in-between in order to create meaningful academic engagement between faculty and students, and more intentionally recognize one another as whole persons.

 

Teaching

A variety of internal and external development opportunities provide faculty with creative methods for student engagement through transformative pedagogies.

Learning

At Eastern University, we offer our students a wide variety of undergraduate, graduate and professional opportunities for learning and development.

Technology

Faculty are trained in various cutting-edge educational technologies, exposing students to the kinds of tools they will need in their scholarship, internships, and careers.

Meet Our Team!

Rebecca Gidjunis

Assistant Provost for Academic Operations

Rebecca Gidjunis serves as assistant provost at Eastern University. She has spent most of her life here, first as an undergraduate student, then as an admissions counselor, and then as a professor in the English Department and Director of CTLT. Her poetry and creative nonfiction work has been published widely, and she is managing editor of Saturnalia Books. She has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets award. She is a huge fan of innovative technology and...llamas.

Rebecca Gidjunis

Sue Yavor

Manager of Instructional Design & Learning Technologies

Sue Yavor is a graduate of Eastern University.  She has worked as a Computer Programmer, Business Analyst and as a Computer Programming Instructor for 15 years before coming to Eastern as the Assistant Brightspace Administrator.  Her favorite part of her job is assisting faculty with their course technology needs.  She enjoys leading training seminars and working one on one with faculty to help them learn new ways to incorporate technology into their courses. When she is not at work, she is involved with the activities of her three kids.  She is a Boy Scout leader, Venture Crew Advisor and Robotics Coach.  When the family can find some free time she enjoys camping and traveling with her husband and kids.  During the summer of 2014 they completed a goal of visiting each of the 48 contiguous states.

Sue Yavor

Alexa Temparali

Instructional Designer

Alexa Temparali holds a Master of Science in Learning Technologies from Drexel University. Prior to joining the team at CTLT, she worked as a special education teacher. At the beginning of the pandemic, Alexa worked as a remote course facilitator, supporting Drexel’s faculty in moving their in-person instruction online. At work, Alexa is passionate about using technology to make content accessible for all learners. Alexa has a love for all things nerdy, including Dungeons and Dragons and superhero movies. She has two cats at home, Misty and Roasty, and will happily talk about them to anyone who will listen.

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Becky Daly

Learning Experience Designer

Becky Daly is the Director of Curriculum in the College of Education, and works to ensure that certification coursework here in at Eastern prepares pre-service teachers for certifications, while also promoting productive, innovative and creative ways to motivate and engage our students. In another part of her position, Becky works with the team in the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology to enrich our online coursework and curriculum within the UDL (Universal Design for Learning) framework. As Learning Experience Designer, Becky helps to onboard and train our adjunct instructors in Brightspace D2L Technology and also the innovative tools and technology available to help them meet instructional goals. Becky and her husband, Jonmike, have four daughters under 10, and live close to campus so they regularly attend Eastern sporting events as a family. 

Rebecca Daly

Erin Zak

Learning Experience Designer

An Eastern University alum, Erin Zak graduated in 2021 with a B.A. in English Writing and Literature, and is the recipient of the Caroline Cherry Literature Award and the Thyra Ferre Bjorn Creative Writing Award.  After working in the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology as a student worker, Erin continued her work in the role of Learning Experience Designer full-time.  She strives to create engaging online courses for students and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Instructional Technology at Lehigh University.  When she is not working, Erin enjoys picking up new creative hobbies such as sewing, photography, and art.

Erin Zak

Eugene Slason

Assistant Director for Faculty Assessment

Eugene Slason earned his doctoral degree in education researching the impact of game-based learning on motivation and engagement. Prior to working at Eastern, he served as mathematics faculty and the quantitative reasoning coordinator at Regis College. At Eastern he is helping faculty take their courses, programs, and assignments to the next level based on insightful statistics and quality feedback.  Being a strong proponent of game-based learning means that, when he is not working, he is playing; with a wide selection of tabletop games, he can be found racing through jungle temples, exploring haunted houses, or foiling plans for global domination all while sitting at a table with his friends.

Eugene Slason
 

Contact Us!

Whether you have an idea, a question, or just want to chat, we would love the opportunity to talk with you.

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Eastern University

1300 Eagle Road

ELC 315

St. Davids, PA

19087

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For educational technology-related questions, please email brightspace@eastern.edu.

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