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We are passionate about serving the CCRI educational community.

We champion a community-centered transformative teaching and learning ecosystem which is data-driven, evidence-focused and action-oriented to positively impact student retention, engagement, access and success by:

  • Engaging the educational community with diverse professional development opportunities.
  • Inspiring excellence through authentic experiences and innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
  • Advocating for high quality student-centered active learning in all modalities and learning spaces.
  • Fostering inclusive educational environments, robust with academic discourse and collaboration.
  • Practicing a culture of design, assessment and reflection that is focused on evidence of impact.

Our Team

Karen BellnierKaren Bellnier

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Karen Bellnier, Director of Instructional Technology and Online Learning at the Community College of Rhode Island, is focused on effective teaching and the role that technology can play in reaching teaching and learning goals. Karen develops and implements online learning program strategy and builds consensus around online policy.  Karen also designs faculty professional development across the institution.

Karen is passionate about the transformative power of effective learning design and the critical role of faculty in the achievement of CCRI’s goals of access, equity, and student success. Karen has been designing learning experiences for over two decades, mostly recently in higher education and before that in museums exhibit and program development. Karen has master’s degrees in psychology and in educational technology leadership. Karen is active in multiple committees on campus including Distance Learning Advisory Committee, Academic Computing Committee, Academic Quality Assessment Committee, and the Culture Task Force.

Karen can be reached through email at [email protected].

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Mish McIntyreMish McIntyre

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Mish McIntyre, Instructional Designer, develops professional faculty development opportunities for CCRI faculty and provides coaching around course design, implementing active learning, and effective teaching practices.

Mish is passionate about learning design and helping faculty. Her specialties including learning space design, active learning, game-based design as well as extensive experience with educational technology including adaptive learning and accessibility. Mish has more than a decade of experience working in higher education in multiple roles. Mish is a member of the Distance Learning Advisory Committee, Culture Task Force and Educational Learning Space committees. 

Mish can be reached through email at [email protected].

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