Meet your Digital Learning Mentors (DLMs)! DLMs are faculty who have extensive training and experience in the design and facilitation of the virtual course environment.  TLi’s Learning Design Team is thrilled to partner with  DLMs to support in leveraging technology to provide humanized and inclusive virtual learning environments.  Whether teaching fully online or in-person, if you use Canvas, your course has a virtual environment.  DLMs provide a support network of peers you can contact via email or schedule to meet with in Zoom. Simple or complex, you can reach out to a DLM to:

  • Ask questions about Canvas (or other tool)
  • Talk through an idea and discuss steps to implement  
  • Discuss a challenge you are facing
  • Discuss ideas for group work or assessment
  • Get a fresh perspective on clarity of assignment direction
  • Seek suggestions for resources
  • Get feedback on your course design and organization
  • Etc.

Below, each DLM has shared more about their interests and expertise. Schedule with a mentor from a similar discipline, or gain from an interdisciplinary perspective. DLMs know better than anyone that learning to teach with technology can be challenging, but can innovate the way we support and interact with students.

Maria Ballesteros-Sola

MVS School of Business & Economics

Maria Ballesteros-Sola DLM video introduction

Ask me about course backward design, flipped classroom, interactives session both online & face to face, interactive activities in the classroom, case method teaching, online experiential and service learning, affordable course materials & #OER, scaffolded assignments. Please reach out and if I don’t know the answer to your question we will figure it out and learn together.

Book a Consultation with Maria

Stacey Beauregard


Stacey Beauregard DLM video introduction

I'm always happy to talk about: course and module organization (including scaffolding and creating effective workflows), designing for multiple modes of engagement, peer feedback, student-to-student interaction in asynchronous courses, and efficient individual engagement with students. I'm also interested in creative approaches to online teaching, and would be happy to be a sounding board for brainstorming creative assignment, assessment, or design ideas.

  • My Toolkit

    • Canvas
    • PlayPosit
    • VoiceThread
    • Google Jam Board
    • and very introductory level Premiere Pro
  • Best Way to Contact

Book a Consultation with Stacey

Tom Clobes

Health Sciences

Tom Clobes DLM video introduction

My teaching approach includes (1) individualized instruction, (2) innovation, and (3) humanized elements, and a focus on diversity and inclusion to meet the needs of a diverse student body. I am huge advocate of directly reaching out to struggling students (i.e., missing class, not submitting assignments, low grades), using video feedback to supplement written feedback for low performing students and humanizing elements in asynchronous classes.

Book a Consultation with Tom

Diana Lenko

MVS School of Business & Economics, MBA Program

Diana Lenko DLM video introduction

As a part-time lecturer, I understand the ongoing struggle to seek information about professional faculty development and the challenge of bouncing ideas off each other. I am very motivated to build the community and help point you to the right path to get information.

I am learning as I go. I am very open to trying new things. Please reach out to discuss ideas for student engagement; course organization, and planning; finding the right balance between synchronous and asynchronous sessions; staying connected with virtual office hours; using Zoom to ensure active online learning.
I feel strongly about developing and promoting alternate assignments that foster lasting, meaningful, and joyful engagement in my class.

  • My Toolkit

    • Canvas in general
    • Course Analytics
    • Humanizing pre-course contact
    • Liquid Syllabus
    • Impactful videos with Adobe Spark
    • Porting videos to YouTube and adding closed captions
    • Create grading rubrics for interactions, assignments and peer review
    • VoiceThread
    • Calendly
    • Google Suite
    • Zoom
  • Best Way to Contact

Danna Lomax

School of Education

Danna Lomax DLM video introduction

I welcome the opportunity to collaborate on anything you want to explore in support of students. As a Canvas builder in the k-12 world, I have experience with backward mapping from outcomes and creating course modules in a variety of subject areas.

My interests include centering student voice, making space for courageous conversations and building community through a variety of assignments that incorporate multiple perspectives and Social and Emotional learning experiences. I love Community Circles! Also, given that some of our students are emergent bilinguals, in my courses, I focus on language acquisition. I work to incorporate supports for students to acquire language and strategies, as well as content knowledge into my courses.

I look forward to collaboration!

Book a Consultation with Danna

William H. Munroe


William Munroe DLM video introduction

I’m happy to discuss many items that could be beneficial for your teaching. Topics that I may be able to help you with include assessment ideas on Canvas, community building for online courses, flipped classrooms, OER materials, and other ideas to help with student engagement for online courses.

  • My Toolkit

    • Canvas
    • Zoom
    • Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)
    • Flipgrid
    • Adobe Spark
    • Writing liquid syllabi
  • Best Way to Contact

Book a Consultation with William

Benny Ng


Benny Ng DLM video introduction

I am happy to brainstorm teaching ideas and experiment different teaching activities in my classroom. Teaching and learning is an iterative process.  Some of teaching ideas include  Feedforward, gamification ideas, synchronous online activities for engagement, writing assessments using Transparency in Teaching and Learning (TILT), Zoom, Playposit, How to use “Formula” in Canvas quiz, using Canvas analytics to reach out students.

  • My Toolkit

    • Canvas
    • Google Apps
    • Zoom
    • PlayPosit
    • Basic Camtasia Video Editing
    • Flipgrid
    • JamBoard
    • Liquid Syllabus
    • Adobe Spark
  • Best Way to Contact

    Microsoft Teams

Book a Consultation with Benny

Former Mentors

Leslie Abell


Leslie Abell headshot

Dr. Abell joined the CI faculty in 2014 and regularly teaches core curriculum courses, such as Statistical Applications in the Social Sciences, Writing in the Social Sciences, and Sociology Capstone as well as electives, such as Crime and Society. In the Sociology Capstone course, she often engages students in Community Based Research with local community partners or partners on campus.

She has participated in a variety of professional development programs, including ISLAS, several Faculty Inquiry Projects (FIPs), THRIVE, and is a current participant in ACUE’s Effective Online Teaching Practices. Her research interests include family relationships and desistance, true crime, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Melissa Miller

Liberal Studies/SOE

Melissa Miller headshot

I've taught for 14 years in K-8 Public Education and as a lecturer for 13 years at CSUCI (Liberal Studies/SOE). I am an Induction Mentor for Ventura Unified School District, CUE Presenter for Technology Uses in Education, and a Canvas Presenter.

Robin Mitchell


Robin Mitchell headshot

Robin Mitchell is an Associate Professor of History at the California State University Channel Islands (CI). She received her master’s degree in Late Modern European History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her doctorate in Late Modern European History from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her dissertation investigated the correlation between representations of black women in France and the aftermath of the Haitian Revolution. In addition to numerous published journal articles, Professor Mitchell’s first book, entitled VÉNUS NOIRE: Black Women & Colonial Fantasies in 19th-Century France was published with University of Georgia Press in January of 2020.

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