The CVC-OEI @ONE Team
The @ONE professional development team provides support for the effective use of technology to support student success through high-quality online learning.
Director of Professional Development
Senior Program Coordinator
Liz du Plessis
Liz's commitment to distance education began in 2005 when she began teaching U.S. History to correspondence students through snail mail. She earned a PhD in History in 2009 and a Master of Education degree in Learning Systems Design and Development in 2011. In her role at the CVC-OEI, she enjoys supporting faculty as they create innovative courses that provide active learning experiences for all students. Liz continues to teach History as an adjunct instructor for Barstow Community College and Santa Rosa Junior College, where she also served for three years as the Instructional Designer in Distance Education.
Helen brings a diverse background in education, Adlerian psychology and Neuro-Linguistic Programming to her passion for effective instruction. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Environmental Studies, earned her teaching credential at CSU Fullerton (both too long ago to mention dates!) and completed UC Irvine's eLearning Instructional Design program. Having been a "Canvas Ninja" at Santa Rosa Junior College since mid-2015, Helen enjoys showing instructors how to apply best pedagogical practices in Canvas to create dynamic courses that keep their students engaged.
Shawn loves what he does! Shawn is a full-time faculty member at Santa Monica College, where he teaches basic computer courses integrated with Assistive Technology and helps with accommodations for students with disabilities in the classroom. Prior to that, he spent five years as an Alternative Media Access Specialist. Shawn is married to his high school sweetheart and they just had their first baby girl together!
Marisa received her Master's in Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State University and has focused her career on increasing access to higher education for all learners. Her passion for accessibility in the e-learning environment is strongly influenced by the Universal Design for Learning framework. Marisa also has experience working within Student Affairs practice and providing faculty support.
Mark is a step dad, nerd and banana slug. He has been providing accessibility alternate media services for the past 6 years for Allan Hancock College and Pasadena City College.
Karen has over 20 years serving students within the community college system. Karen currently teaches anthropology courses at the College of Alameda, Las Positas College, and Porterville College. Karen earned her BA degree in Anthropology from San Jose State University and her MA degree, also in Anthropology, from CSU Chico. Karen works closely with the @ONE team to coordinate our courses and moderate webinars and online conference sessions.
Faculty Mentor, Online Teaching & Learning
Michelle earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management from Capella University and her Master's in Art History from UC Riverside. She is a teacher at heart with a passion for humanizing online learning and has held faculty and staff roles in the CCC and CSU systems. She is the author of Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies, a blogger, a columnist at EdSurge and has an abundance of love for mini dachshounds. In her role with @ONE, Michelle engages emerging technologies to create community-rich professional development for the CCC's diverse group of faculty.
Shawn holds a Master of Music degree from Cal Baptist University, a B.A. in Music from UC Riverside, and is finishing a Ph.D. in Education at Capella University. Since 2007, he has taught Music in the CCC system. Before joining CVC-OEI, Shawn worked as an Instructional Designer for @ONE and Mt. San Jacinto College. Additionally, he is an active working musician. Shawn most enjoys spending time with his wife and son, all avid baseball fans. Let’s go Mets!