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Instructional Technology Consultants

Melissa A. Bassett

Melissa A. Bassett

Advanced Learning Technologies Consultant

Melissa A. Bassett, originally from Syracuse, New York, is currently studying in the School of International Service‘s Social Enterprise graduate program. With a Master’s degree in Arts Leadership Administrations from Syracuse University already under her belt, Melissa is excited to combine her interests into new projects and programs. These interests are in cultural studies, music/dance, community engagement, migration studies and international relations. In the future, she hopes to create creative, and cultural programs that assist in the preservation, integration and education of refugee culture during resettlement.
She is new to the area, and is looking forward to meet new people and professors, as well as new programs in, and around the D.C. area. Working as a CTRL consultant means teaching new techniques, learning new skills and being able to be a part of the greater university community. It is important to Melissa to find ways where professional discovery can grow, and believes that CTRL can fuel learning and discovery.
While usually very busy, Melissa enjoys playing any, and all, percussion instruments, bike riding, trying new food, watching many Sitcoms, knitting and the color yellow.

Areas of Expertise:
Google Drive, WordPress/EdSpace, Finale, Audacity, Garage Band, Survey Monkey, Microsoft Office Suite, Various educational music software (Practica Musica, Musition, etc).

Emily Crawford

Emily Crawford

Video + Advanced Learning Technologies Consultant

Emily is a student in the M.F.A. program in film and electronic media at AU’s School of Communication. She completed her undergraduate studies at Swarthmore College, where she majored in English literature with a minor in art history. She then worked in public broadcasting for several years before coming to AU. She makes films and other media that bring attention to unique individual experiences and issues of social justice.

Emily’s interest in teaching and technology stems from a passion for sharing knowledge and resources efficiently in the interest of positive social, cultural, and political impact. An avid consumer all types of media, Emily spends her free time reading, playing video games, and trying to watch every documentary ever on Netflix.

Areas of Expertise:

Google Drive, WordPress, Evernote, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Poll Everywhere, general polling tools

Custom Workshop Topics Emily Teaches:

Stop Guessing, Start Asking with Polling and Survey Tools

Daniel Emirkhanian

Daniel Emirkhanian

Advanced Learning Technologies Consultant

Daniel Emirkhanian attends AU’s School of Public Affairs as a graduate student in Public Administration. After earning his undergraduate degree from Soka University of America, he joined a Californian State Senate campaign as a Field Organizer. The results of the election (and Hamilton) inspired him to travel to Peru and ultimately pursue an MPA with the goal of one day working in a political office.

Daniel loves learning about new technology, software, and seemingly pointless gadgets. Daniel is a self-taught user of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and can help you edit photos! He also has four years of audio visual and IT experience and is good at explaining computers.

Areas of Expertise:

Google Drive, Google Extensions, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Green Teaching Program

Sarah Grace

Sarah Grace

Video + Advanced Learning Technologies Consultant

Sarah attends American University’s School of International Service and School of Communication as a graduate student in Global Media. After graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Film Studies from Tufts University in 2012, she worked as Vice President of Video Production at a marketing company, a photographer, a freelance videographer and video editor, and as a writer for a website featured on Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and CNN. In 2015 she decided to consolidate her production experience and interests in international affairs and edutainment into a new, dynamic career path while still pursuing writing on the side. She looks forward to preparing for this new career through her Global Media coursework, and brings her perspective on the educational possibilities of the media to her work as CTRL consultant.

Areas of Expertise:

Explain Everything, Kaltura, WordPress, YouTube, Video Production, Video Editing, Microsoft Office

Custom Workshop Topics Sarah Teaches:

Introduction to Explain Everything
Using Video in the Classroom

Amanda Miller

Amanda Miller

Advanced Learning Technologies Consultant

Amanda Miller is in her first year of the Master’s in Literature program at American University. After finishing her undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, Amanda decided to blend her desire to travel with her professional goals to be an educator and earned a TESOL certificate. She then spent 3 years in South Korea as an English teacher.

While in South Korea, Amanda taught elementary and middle school students in the classroom, in summer and winter English Camps, and privately over Skype. She also worked for Gwangju News—an English magazine published by local English speakers--as an editor and website manager. As a teacher, she would integrate new and exciting presentations, polling apps, and class English blogs to keep her students involved in the classroom.

In her free time, Amanda likes rereading the Harry Potter series, obsessing over Hamilton, and drinking coffee with too much cream and sugar.

Areas of expertise:

Microsoft Office, WordPress, Prezi, Google Drive, Social Media, Socrative