CTEL’s Learning Designers support faculty to create engaging programs, courses and lesson plans grounded in evidence-based best practices for every modality. CTEL can help faculty reach their pedagogical goals and support their commitment to excellence.

At Program Level

  • Department-level trainings tailored to meet specific department needs
  • Consultation with departments throughout program design to ensure that best-practices are embedded within the program
  • Grant assistance to support program development

At Course Level

  • Building new courses using evidence-based best practices
  • Review and redesign of existing courses
  • Development of course activities, assignments, and screencasting
  • Online teaching and learning faculty orientation
  • Training in UMS-supported classroom technologies
  • Course design and technology purchasing grants
  • Mid-term assessments for continuous improvement and course correction.

Professional Development

  • Part-time faculty orientation in the fall
  • Webinars and workshops in collaboration with University College
  • Quickstart to course development, including best-practices syllabus design
  • Grants toward online certifications, including OLC and others


214 Glickman Library – Staff are working remotely; please email ctelhelp@maine.edu

Regular Hours

Effective: Sunday, February 2, 2020 to Monday, February 1, 2021 Contact: (207) 780-5931 – Staff are working remotely; please email ctelhelp@maine.edu

Monday8:00AM – 5:00PM
Tuesday8:00AM – 5:00PM
Wednesday8:00AM – 5:00PM
Thursday8:00AM – 5:00PM
Friday8:00AM – 5:00PM


Paul Cochrane, Director of Online Teaching and Learning






Current Position and Past Experience

Paul Cochrane serves as the Director of Online Teaching and Learning at the University of Southern Maine, where he oversees the Center for Technology Enhanced Learning. He took on this role in 2015.

Prior to USM, Cochrane was the Director of the Faculty Center for Instructional Design and Educational Technology for Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, where he oversaw the instructional design, faculty development, and student technical support operations for the College’s online programs. During his tenure at Saint Joseph’s College he worked in various other capacities, including as project manager for the implementation of a Sloan Foundation grant, and working directly with students as an academic advisor. He has also taught classroom-based writing courses for the Pennsylvania State University and Central Maine Community College and online courses in writing, early American literature, and business communications for Saint Joseph’s College. 

Education, Honors and Achievements

Cochrane holds a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.A. from The Pennsylvania State University. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Maine.

Personal Details and Community Involvement

Cochrane has been involved with the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) since 2001. He has served in various capacities for UPCEA, including as Associate Chair for Professional Development for the Program Innovation Network from 2013-14, a member of UPCEA’s Board of Directors from 2012-13, and Chair of the New England Region in 2011.

Renee Cote, Faculty Support Specialist



Cody Hatcher, Learning Designer

Cody Hatcher, Learning Designer



Cody holds an MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut, with a specialization in Cognition, Instruction, and Learning Technology. He also holds an MA from Virginia Tech in Curriculum and Instruction. Currently, he is completing his PhD (ADB) in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut. His research interests include educational assessment, academic self-beliefs, and the use of educational technologies to improve collaboration.

Justin Marston, Coordinator of Accelerated Online Programs




  • B.S. Criminal Justice, University of New Haven


Justin started his current position as Coordinator of Accelerated Online Programs at USM in January 2020. In this capacity, Justin is primarily responsible for managing the logistical needs of the accelerated online programs, including overseeing and managing the implementation of new OLME programs, tracking, analyzing and reporting information on student data, including enrollment and progression through programming, as well as tracking, analyzing and reporting on programs, courses, and services with a focus on process improvements that lead to greater operational efficiencies.

Justin has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology from the University of New Haven in Connecticut. Justin holds a National Certificate of Achievement in Employment Services through The Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE), completed the National Career Development Association, Facilitating Career Development course through Peak Careers, and obtained a national certification as a Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) in 2019. Justin also recently applied, and was accepted to, the University of Maine Graduate School for the online Business Administration (MBA) program.


Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP), National Career Development Association – Conferred 2019


University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) – Member

Maine Career Development Association (MCDA) – Member

Michael Matis, MEd, Learning Designer


(207) 780-4238



Michael Matis is a Learning Designer at  the University of Southern Maine’s Center for Technology Enhanced Learning. His MEd in Instructional Technology combined with his background as a veteran IT Professional have given him a broad skill-set in the integration of technology that focuses on learner-centric outcomes, coaching fellow educators to increase their digital resilience, and designing authentic assessments. 

Damien Michaud, PhD, Senior Learning Designer – Faculty Development


(207) 228-8001



Damien holds a PhD in Urban Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a specialization in adult, continuing, and higher education leadership, and a focus on instructional design and learning technology. He also holds a BA from Skidmore College and a MA from Northwestern University in American Studies. In addition he earned an MS from UW-Milwaukee in Administrative Leadership. His research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning, telecommuting, and collaboration and learning in virtual teams.

Rucha Modak, PhD, Senior Learning Designer





After graduating from Penn State with a doctorate in Instructional Systems (now Learning, Design and Technology) I joined the CTEL team as a learning designer in 2013. Since then I’ve worked with a cross section of full time and part time faculty across USM. I support a community of practice each semester made up of faculty who teach with technology, offer an instrument to gather mid-semester feedback from online and blended students, and teach ‘Quick Start’ to instructors who are taking their first steps into teaching online. I design every kind of course with a firm focus on the student experience. 

At Penn State I spent over 4 years designing online learning resources for a wide variety of k-12 subjects, in collaboration with different stakeholders such as units within the university, local school districts and teachers as well as outside entities such as the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Then, I moved on to assessing the implementation of digital tools used in the university’s classrooms, such as videogames, lecture capture and digital storytelling. Simultaneously, I conducted research in informal learning, especially social learning, and remain extremely interested in the ways that communities support their members’ learning and practice.

Gwen Walsh, Administrative Specialist, CL2





Gwen graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies and a minor in Holistic and Integrative Health. 

In her current role, Gwen provides administrative support for CTEL.  Among her duties are calendar management, booking travel and meetings, website maintenance, grant tracking and CTEL outreach.  

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