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Cherie VinopalCherie Vinopal
Kellogg Library 2423

Cherie Vinopal is an Innovative Technology Strategist, and a Sr. Instructional Developer of 20 years, with a M.A. in Educational Technology from San Diego State University. She is currently enrolled in the doctoral program in Organizational Leadership and Educational Change at USC. She has worked at CSUSM for over 11 years, and prior to that led the instructional development team for the San Diego Community College District. She is part of the CSU/CO team working as a Quality Assurance Analyst for the QOLT program. She currently teaches two different fully online courses for the CSU system in quality online/blended teaching strategies. She has special expertise in integrating innovative technology into online/blended courses using pedagogical strategies and outcomes. Cherie has had the privilege of working with some of the leading global experts in educational technology and distance education, including Dr. Bernie Dodge, founder of the WebQuest. She also consulted on several award-winning technology grant projects from the Department of Education, which facilitated schools in three different San Diego districts into integrating innovative technologies into the curriculum. She is an active leader in many higher education communities, including Moodle-CIG, CATS, and participates in other CSU initiatives. She served as the President of the local Twin Oaks Toastmaster’s Club for nearly two years, and participates as a task force member for the K-12 San Marcos Unified School District. 

Colin McDonellColin McDonell
Kellogg Library 2005

Colin McDonell is the Innovative Solution Strategist who works with the campus administration and staff to provide guidance and investigation of new and upgraded technology plus assists with the acquisition of these products. He has been a member of the CSUSM staff for over a decade with the majority of his time spent managing the Student Technology Help Desk. A graduate of CSUSM with a BA in Arts and Technology, Colin brings to his role at IITS a fusion of the creative thinking that he learned while studying art with his knowledge of existing and future technology. Colin's forward thinking implemented such programs as Mobile Device Management and Google Voice to the Student Help Desk Call Center before these systems were well known. His role in the Innovative Solutions group is focused on discovering needs for new technology on campus and confirming that is inline with new trends in the technology world.  Keeping an open mind to new technology, and his willingness to learn about any system or process, has helped Colin move into his role as Innovative Solution Strategist.