iLearn
Jennifer Bott

Dr. Jennifer Bott

Associate Provost of Learning Initiatives

Jennifer Bott oversees Online and Distance Education and iLearn, bringing together student support, instructional design, and faculty and administrative services for online and distance education. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Akron, has served in a variety of roles at Ball State, most recently as the executive director of the master of business administration and certificate programs at the university’s Miller College of Business. Her research interests include methodology and statistics, the intersection of new media and human resource management, and organizational and generational diversity.

Dr. Anna Priebe

Writing Proficiency Program Director

Born in Sydney, Australia, Priebe's first career was as a professional ballet dancer and choreographer.  In those capacities, she has worked in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South America, and North America.  Priebe has a Ph.D in English Literature from the University of Cincinnati and has taught in the Department of English at UC, the English Department at BSU, and for BSU's Honors College.  Since 2003, she has worked with the Writing Proficiency Program at BSU and is currently Director of the Writing Proficiency Program.
 
Dom Caristi  

Dr. Dom Caristi

Professor of Telecommunications

Before joining Ball State in 1998, he had served on the faculty at Iowa State University, Missouri Southern State University and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. His main teaching and research interests are in electronic media law and policy. He is Associate Director of the Digital Policy Institute, which he helped to found in 2004. He was selected as the 2011-2012 Outstanding Faculty Member at Ball State. In 2011 he co-authored Communication Law: Practical Applications in the Digital Age. He has contributed chapters to books, encyclopedia entries and columns in newspapers and trade journals. His commentary is valued and he has been quoted in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Washington Post. Caristi holds a BA from the University of Miami, an MA from the University of Central Missouri and a PhD from the University of Iowa.
 
Sarah Aldridge

Sarah Aldridge

Learning Technologist Associate 

Sarah Aldridge has only recently joined the iLearn team at Ball State as a Learning Technologist Associate. Previously, she has been a faculty member at both Ivy Tech Community College and Central Michigan University. She received her M.A. In Communication Studies from CMU, and her research specializes in urban development and social capital. She is a Cardinal at heart, however, as she received her undergraduate degree here at Ball State, and she is thrilled to be back at her alma mater!
 
Greg Batic

Greg Batic

Learning Technologist Associate 

Greg joined the iLearn team in March of 2013 as a Learning Technologist Associate. He values the opportunity to engage with faculty and academic instructors during training sessions to promote technology literacy throughout the university. As a learning technologist, opportunities are also given to create supporting documentation for workshop sessions and online resources including video tutorials. He enjoys working in partnership with campus support units such as University Teleplex, IT, and the Technology HelpDesk. Greg recently participated in the Quality Matters Program, a national benchmark for online course design. He is looking forward to applying the knowledge gained by this valuable process to future training sessions and online resources.
 
Cindy Cash

Cindy Cash

Instructional Designer 

Cindy brings her passion for learning to the Integrated Learning Institute. Her unique combination of educational experience coupled with over 12 years of being actively involved in technology in education, teaching, and program development, provides a broad perspective to instructional design. Cindy holds various certifications and licenses in the field of technology and education, as well as, being experienced in adult education and training at the administrative level. Her experience with various learning platforms and their application to various learning environments, at both the institutional and community levels, provides valuable insight when working with faculty across various disciplines.
 
Mia Dietrich

Mia Dietrich

Graduate Assistant 

Mia recently graduated from Ball State with a degree in Graphic Arts Management. Beginning this past May, she has started her graduate assistantship with iLearn as a design assistant, creating the conference material you see today. This fall, she will begin her Master's study in the Telecommunications Digital Storytelling program. Mia is a self-employed, independent contractor for graphic design and illustration, and has interned at Harding Poorman Group in Indianapolis as a prepress operator. In her free time, she obsesses over role-playing games and picks apart video game music on her piano.
 
Michelle Glowacki-Dudka

Dr. Michelle Glowacki-Dudka

Assistant Professor of Adult, Higher, and Community Education 

Dr. Michelle Glowacki-Dudka has taught using online groups for more than 13 years. Michelle co-authored the practical guide – 147 Tips for Teaching Online Groups – immediately after completing her Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In the years hence, she has mastered the online group process and nurtures her adult learners to construct knowledge around the topics of the courses, rather than dictating to them what they should learn. Michelle supports and facilitates her learners on a collaborative journey through the online courses.
 
James Hueston

James Hueston

Instructor of Computer Science 

James Hueston teaches Introduction to Computers, Data Structures, and Advanced Programming. Prior to his appointment in 2012, Hueston served as Business Analyst for The Mr. Canary Company in Carmel, IN while pursuing his M.S. in Computer Science at Ball State. After graduating with a B.A. in Telecommunications, local advertising firm Rutter Communications created a position for Hueston to bridge the gap between their television and newly-created Internet division, where he managed and executed video, web, IT, and internet marketing projects for over 100 regional clients. As Graduate Assistant for the department of Computer Science, he taught Microsoft Office, HTML, and JavaScript to 950 students in 26 labs. This past year, he taught core programming courses and Microsoft Office to 230 students while managing 11 assistants in 13 labs.
 
Dan Jones

Dan Jones

Instructional Designer

Dan Jones has worked in education for over 20 years with an emphasis for assisting individuals and groups to efficiently use technology to help them accomplish personal and professional goals.  He has worked as a trainer in the corporate arena, managed the design and implementation of curriculum into technology training programs, and taught at the university level.  In addition to his teaching and work experience, Dan holds several certifications in the implementation of technology in the workplace.  He continues to share his interest in learning and teaching by serving as an adjunct faculty member, instructing both live and online classes in the technology field.
 
Kristen McCauliff

Kristen McCauliff

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies 

Kristen teaches classes about media, rhetorical theory and criticism.  She focuses on making classrooms a site of change for her students--urging them to become communication experts but also engaged citizens.  As a result, her research often focuses on the potential and pitfalls of media in a democratic society.  In particular, she focuses a lot on how feminist activists use the internet as a platform for social change.  In addition, her use of social media in the classroom has given way to a research project about vulnerability in the classroom, which investigates how professors can use pedagogical approaches that are intimidating to them to inspire students learning. 
 
Sue Paul

Paul Sue

Instructor of Physiology and Health Science 

Sue Paul has been a member of the faculty since 2009. She has 30+ years experience teaching in public school in health and physical education. Her focus area is teaching methodology in school health education, but also teaches courses in sexuality, drug dependence and abuse, and personal health. She received her B.S. and M.A. for School Health and Physical Education at Ball State in 1973 and 1976 respectively. 
 
Mary Ann Rahe

Mary Ann Rahe

Instructor of Art 

Mary Ann Rahe is an instructor in the Art Department.  She’s recently developed an online version of AHS 100, a core curriculum class.  This course makes regular use of  Mediasite to provide selected clips from documentaries and other resource materials.  Mary Ann received her BA and MA degrees from Ball State University. 
 
Ben Ranfeld

Ben Ranfeld

Learning Technologist 

Ben Ranfeld started working at Ball State in 2011 and previously worked for the University of New Hampshire as an instructional designer.  He has been teaching others how to use technology in academic settings for 14 years, and he has been using Blackboard since 2001.
 
Tyler Smith

Tyler Smith

Assistant Professor of Theatre 

Dr. Tyler Smith teaches Dramatic Literature, Theatre History and Dramaturgy. He holds a Ph.D. in Theatre History from the University of Ilinois at Urbana-Champaign, an M.A. in Theatre with a Creative Focus in Directing from Miami of Ohio, and a B.A. in English Composition from Denison University. He was an iLearn faculty fellow in 2012 and 2013 and has presented pedagogy and technology-related conference papers at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, and the Clickers Conference. 
iLearn: Integrated Learning Institute
Ball Communication Building, room 220
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Phone: 765-285-6582
View E-mail Address