Please join us in welcoming three new staff members to the Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology (OTLT).

Sara Nasrollahian

Sara, a teaching and learning specialist, provides pedagogical support through one-on-one consultations, workshops, and support for scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Her programmatic focus includes TILE and the Course Design Institute. Sara has designed and facilitated workshops on a variety of topics, including evidence-based teaching strategies, culturally responsive assessment techniques, and inclusive teaching practice.

 

Before joining OTLT, Sara worked as a graduate research assistant at the University of Tennessee teaching center. She has a PhD in educational psychology and research, adult learning, and a Master of Arts in educational psychology.

"I am delighted for the opportunity to work with this team to support faculty in terms of their professional development, and I am dedicated to collaborating on nurturing faculty's pedagogical content knowledge through the TILE program, Course Design Institute, and inclusive teaching strategies."

Holly Soboroff

Holly is an instructional technology consultant and currently works with student responses systems (clickers), Pressbooks, and Peerceptiv. Holly has a Master of Education and a Master of Science in library and information sciences. Prior to joining OTLT, Holly was an instructional services librarian at Loras College. Her background also includes serving as an instructional technology graduate assistant at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, working in public and academic libraries, and teaching high school journalism and English.

“I’m excited to work with instructional technology on a larger scale and to look at how different technologies can improve learning.”

Amanda Franzen

As the communications specialist for OTLT, Amanda creates, coordinates, and analyzes communication about events and programs, and manages OTLT’s website, monthly newsletter, and social media presence. Previously, Amanda was a communications coordinator at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, where she focused on internal communications, including writing and editing Noon News, a daily newsletter for 15,000 faculty and staff. Amanda graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Morningside College.

“I look forward to developing engaging communication that promotes the vast array of programs and resources offered by OTLT and am excited to share stories of the UI’s commitment to excellence in teaching.”