Instructional Technology & Design

The Instructional Technology & Design team partners with faculty to analyze and find solutions to current teaching, learning, and research challenges. Working at the course level and campus level, designers bridge evidence-based discoveries from the learning sciences with appropriate technologies to inspire and inform education innovation.

Instructional Technology and Design services feature individualized consultations from idea concept to full implementation and assessment. Our Instructional Designers have expertise in effective teaching practices, student engagement strategies, and use of appropriate technologies that meet set objectives.  To discuss your small or large scale education innovation needs, contact Margaret Merrill at or Mark T Wilson at

Steve Faith, Joey Van Buskirk, and Fernando Socorro, our educational technologists, support UC Davis faculty teaching with our learning management systems, as well as other tools and services, including the following:

  • Clickers, or personal response systems
  • Lecture capture technologies and practices
  • Presentation tools and design
  • Teaching tools and applications

Dr. Andy Jones, Academic Associate Director of Academic Technology Services, advises faculty on best practices in teaching with (and without) technology, and coordinates faculty forums and Discussing Online Learning and Collaborative Education meetings. A past coordinator of Computer-Aided Instruction for the UC Davis Department of English and the University Writing Program, as well as past Chair of the UC Davis Learning Management System Working Group, Dr. Andy has been teaching at UC Davis since 1990. He is the Editor in Chief of The Wheel, the UC Davis instructional technology blog.