Old Dominion University, Center for Learning and Teaching

We Are the Champions: A Canvas Panel Discussion with Faculty Champions

May 17, 2022 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Presented by: Chrystal Trapani,   Paula Alvaro Sanchez,   Jonathan Lester,   Megan Boeshart,   James Bellamy,   Alison Lietzenmayer,   Jennifer Ashley,  

Approximately 80 faculty members taught in Canvas during the Spring 2022 semester to help with the migration.  These early adopters are referred to as Faculty Champions.  Join the panel discussion where several Faculty Champions will reflect on their triumphs, tribulations, and aspirations for their future courses in Canvas.


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By the end of the presentation, participants will appreciate the different viewpoints and perspectives of the panel and their experiences with Canvas migration.

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About the Presenters

Chrystal Trapani

Chrystal Trapani is an Instructional Technology Specialist with the Center for Learning and Teaching and an adjunct instructor in the Department of English at Old Dominion University. Chrystal has crafted tech-forward activities in her composition courses for over a decade. She blends her experience working with first-generation and non-traditional students, curriculum development, creating interactive and accessible online course content, and training and mentoring faculty in order to help them achieve positive student outcomes and success. In working with faculty, she helps her colleagues gain strong, working knowledge of how to make course content successful for students of all learning abilities. Chrystal continues her commitment to teaching so she can share personal classroom experiences with faculty.

Paula Alvaro Sanchez

Paula Alvaro-Sanchez is one of the Faculty Champions. Her interests include Spanish Linguistics and Sociolinguistics. She taught her SPAN 366 Spanish for Business course using Canvas in Spring 2022. She was born in Madrid and raised in Granada. She earned a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Granada. She moved to the United States in 2012. During her time as a M.A student at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington (UNCW), she worked with Dr. Boomershine in the research of “The Evolution of the Spanish Vowels in an Immersion Program.” She started working at Old Dominion University in August 2017 as an Adjunct Faculty teaching face-to-face and online classes. Since August 2019 she has been a Spanish Lecturer and is focused on teaching online courses, and also Spanish for professions. She has designed and developed two shells (SPAN 101 and SPAN 201) with CLT for teaching online Spanish lower divisions courses. She also designed and developed two upper-division courses (SPAN 312 Grammar and Composition and SPAN 366 Spanish for Business) to be taught online and asynchronously. She is an online coordinator for the online lower division Spanish sections.

Jonathan Lester

Professor Lester received his BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Military Institute, his MS in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University, and PhD in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering Technology in the Engineering Technology Department at Old Dominion University. Prior to joining ODU Dr. Lester had two years of teaching experience at Virginia Military Institute, and three years teaching and research at West Virginia University focusing on culvert hydrodynamics. He also has more than fifteen years of experience in private consulting in Virginia and West Virginia working on water, wastewater and stormwater design and construction projects. His specialty is water resources and construction. He teaches the following undergraduate courses: Fluid Mechanics, Water Resources Engineering, Hydrology and Drainage, Hydraulic Engineering, Introduction to Land Development, Fundamentals of Building Construction, Soils and Foundations, and Soils Testing Laboratory, and is the grader for the Site Design portion of Senior Design. Professor Lester remains active in consulting and works part time for a local water resources-focused firm, assisting with design and construction projects in Hampton Roads for a variety of clients, including the City of Norfolk and City of Virginia Beach. He brings real world practical experience from his current and past design projects and is able to provide students with authentic problems that they will face upon graduation. Professor Lester is a retired Marine reservist with over 20 years of service. He was activated twice in support of the global war on terrorism. He is an infantry officer and during his most recent mobilization, he served as the Mission Assurance Officer for U.S. Marine Forces Command in Norfolk. Professor Lester is married with two sons and lives in Capron, Virginia.

Megan Boeshart

Meg Boeshart is the Writing Center Director and a lecturer in the Department of English at Old Dominion University. She teaches writing courses at the 100, 200, and 300 level both in-person and online. She is currently pursuing a PhD in English and her dissertation is focused on how students use online tutoring sessions as part of their revision process.

James Bellamy

Dr. Jim Bellamy – I have been at Old Dominion for four years; I have many years of teaching experience, especially in distance education.  I have been teaching online for about 20 years. I worked for many years as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist before entering academia.  I began my academic career as an Instructor in Nuclear Medicine Technology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  While there I completed an MPH with a concentration in Health Policy and Management.  I also completed a Ph.D. in Health Systems and Services with an emphasis in Public Health Systems and Services.

My research interests include emergency preparedness and public health workforce development.

Alison Lietzenmayer

Alison M. Lietzenmayer is a dedicated Communication instructor (Master Lecturer) currently focused on organizational communication and instructional communication scholarship and training. She has partnered with leading scholars to support research in family communication, organizational communication, and work-life communication. Alison is an expert at integrating theory into practical and actionable training, specifically for online learning. She is a passionate advocate of engaged activism and an ardent driver of inclusiveness and intersectionality.

Jennifer Ashley

Jenna Ashley is an Instructional Technologist with the Center for Learning and Teaching at Old Dominion University, and a former secondary inclusion mathematics teacher. Jenna is a Google Certified Trainer, Google Certified Coach, a Global GEG Leader, and a Canvas Certified Educator. She is also physically disabled and hearing impaired and enjoys helping others make content that is accessible to all.