The UH Online Innovation Center (UHOIC) team, formed in 2019, is part of the Online Learning division in Information Technology Services (ITS). They provide instructional design consultation and professional development opportunities across the UH system related to quality online teaching and learning. Each of our instructional designers have individualized focus areas. Read below to learn more about our UHOIC instructional design team.
Dorothy So Hirata
Dorothy is the Instructional Design Manager for the University of Hawaiʻi system in the Information Technology Services Online Learning division. She leads the instructional design team and works cross functionally with diverse faculty and staff to support quality online learning initiatives across the three universities and seven community colleges.
Hui-Ya (Laura) Chuang
Hui-Ya (Laura) is a Faculty Development Specialist with interests in course design, faculty professional development, and Multimedia learning. She is also a Google certified educator (Level 1 and II).
Marisa Dionne is an Instructional Designer with experience and interests in course/web design, development, facilitation, review, trending and innovative technology, and mobile learning.
Matt Parcon is an instructional designer supporting various system-wide academic and collaborative technologies and reviewing courses for the UH Online 5-Week program. He also conducts Laulima training and works with faculty and staff when they need assistance with multimedia.
Alice Swift is a Multimedia Instructional Designer, whose focus includes multimedia development and the use of educational technology to support online, hybrid, and web-enhanced courses. Her favorite challenge is to find online solutions that help answer the most common issue “I do [insert in-class activity] in my face-to-face course, but I don’t know how I could possibly do the equivalent in my online course?”
Johnny is an instructional designer who provides instructional design support across the UH system and supports the iterative improvement of the Preparing to Teach Online module. His interest is in course/web design, online learning, and professional development.
Demi Yoshimoto is a part-time instructional designer, primarily supporting the UH Online Professional Development program. Her interests include course design, online learning, and curriculum development.
Jennifer is a part-time instructional design assistant, primarily supporting the various members of the instructional design team.