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The IDEA Team

The Instructional Design for Excellence in Academics (IDEA) team is part of the Educational IT division of the Institute for Innovative Education. IDEA is staffed by Instructional Designers who can help you bring your ideas for innovative ways to educate to fruition and help you brainstorm ideas when you are looking for something.

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The IDEA team can assist with the creation of digital content to support or supplement your teaching, as well as help you with course design (or re-design), especially with regard to using online tools to enhance your teaching. We also offer Blackboard consultation and training.

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Develop Digital Content

Course Design/Redesign

Blackboard and Online Tools

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Meet the IDEA Team

Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown, EdD, MS is the Director of Online Learning in the Institute for Innovative Education. Her focus is helping faculty rethink education through use of technology. Additionally, Lisa manages the Teaching and Learning Services team within University IT which includes the Blackboard Learning Management System, Panopto Video Capture system, Zoom for academic use, AEFIS assessment system, and Voicethread.  Lisa has a master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology, and both an advanced certificate in Online Teaching and a doctorate in education from the Warner School of Education on the University of Rochester’s campus. Contact Lisa at

Teresa Long

Teresa Long, MS, is an Instructional Design Specialist in the Institute for Innovative Education. She has a background in science education including a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health Sciences from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and master’s degrees in Adolescence Education and Program Evaluation from Warner School of Education on the University of Rochester’s campus. Teresa can assist in the support of academic programs to design courses and in using the learning management system. Contact Teresa at