About ETS Instructional Design
The ETS Instructional Design Office was conceptualized as a way to support the College of Engineering Faculty with teaching and learning initiatives, as well as with research and creative expression. An Instructional Designer (Jessica Hanna), an Instructional Design Technologist (Austin Cush), and an Educational Technologist (Chris Strausbaugh) were hired in early 2020. The group is managed by the Engineering Technology Services Manager (Jeffery Shaw).
We aspire to promote best teaching and learning practices that improve student outcomes by using technology tools wisely, effectively, and efficiently.
Dr. Jessica Hanna – Instructional Designer
Dr. Hanna has more than a decade of experience with developing and delivering curriculum in higher education. During her time as a tenure-track faculty member at Marshall University and the coordinator of the Adult & Continuing Education Department, she led the conversion of a Master of Science degree in Adult Education and Evaluation from face-to-face to a fully online delivery method. She also helped pioneer courses in the online Leadership Specialist Degree, which is a military friendly program available to actively deployed military personnel.
Jessica holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Marshall University, and an MBA and bachelor’s in Management Information Systems from Ohio University. She serves as the Technical Editor for the Southeast Journal on Educational Administration and is a board member for several organizations, including the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration and the Fairfield County Literacy Council.
Jessica’s research interests include instructional design innovation, bibliometrics, and digital accessibility.
Austin M. Cush – Instructional Design Technologist
Austin graduated from The Ohio State University with a BA in Communication Analysis and Practice, including a minor in Cultural Comparative Studies (Culture & Diversity). He began his career in instructional design with OSU’s College of Medicine within the Office of Curriculum and Scholarship as a student assistant. While there, he authored a 25 minute video for the School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation, which is still used annually for their freshman orientation.
In addition to his video authoring skills, Austin has completed more than 500 hours of video editing and, as an Educational iPad Specialist, helped teach medical students to leverage their iPads in various learning environments. He has volunteered with the Akron Food Bank, Special Olympics, and served as a Big Brother in the Big Brother/Big Sisters Program.
Austin’s research interests include backwards design theory, eLearning methodologies, and digital classroom innovation.
Chris Strasbaugh – Educational Technologist
Chris Strasbaugh is an Educational Technologist and UAS Coordinator with the College of Engineering Technology Services. In this position, Chris looks to support the teaching and research needs of the College of Engineering through emerging technologies like Augemented and Virtual Reality as well as UAS drone platforms. Chris has his FAA Part 107 and manages the School’s UAS equipment, flights, and post-processing for all three section’s needs for site surveys, modeling and imagery.
Chris is very active nationally in the field of visual resources and imaging. He is currently a member of the board of directors for the Visual Resources Association and has served as the Vice President of Conference Programming for the Visual Resources Association as well as a number of task forces and committees involving online learning, development and education. He has also presented at numerous conferences on topics ranging from the UAV technology, virtual reality, imaging technologies, GIS, semantic web, and makerspaces. He has served as the staff photographer of the Greek-American Excavations at Kenchreai through Harvard University from 2015-2017 and most recently as the Vanderbilt Excavations at Caesarea, Israel.
Chris has a BA in Photography (2004) from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and an MA in Art History from the University of Cincinnati (2007).