About Us

Educational Technologists are located strategically across ESC to offer both online and face-to-face support as needed to the whole college community. Ed Techs:

  • Work with faculty to enhance teaching and learning by introductin new and emerging educational technologies supported by the college.
  • Consult with faculty to develop and implement pedagogically sound materials or tools for instructional use.
  • Design and deliver workshops and trainings for online tools and media.
  • Reach out to faculty and staff with individualized approaches.
  • Assist faculty in creating and integrating open educational resources (OERs) into their courses and learning opportunities.


The EdTechs seek to improve access to engaging and high quality technology-enhanced learning opportunities to students across Empire State College.


The Educational Technologists (EdTechs) work with Empire State College faculty, staff, and students to enhance instruction and learning through promotion of pedagogically sound models when using technology, online tools, and multimedia for teaching and learning. The EdTechs across the state collaborate with faculty and staff to create technology-mediated learning experiences and to integrate a variety of ITS-supported technologies to support pedagogy and learning goals.

Educational Technologies Staff

Nathan's research interests include increasing access to STEM experiences through innovative technology integration and faculty development. Whitley-Grassi has served as the principal investigator (PI) or CO-PI on several SUNY Innovative Instructional Technology Grants including “Ecology and Earth Science Virtual Field Experiences OERs: Expanding Access to Field-Based Research Techniques for Students at a Distance”, “Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP): On-demand Discovery Learning Professional Development” and “Quality By Design: Faculty Development that have provided professional development opportunities for hundreds of SUNY faculty on campuses across the system. Whitley-Grassi teaches in the Master of Arts in Learning and Emerging Technologies (MALET) program at the ESC School of Graduate Studies

Education and Certifications

  • PhD Education - Walden University
  • MA Physical Anthropology - SUNY University at Buffalo
  • Grad Cert Ecology Evolution and Behavior - SUNY University at Buffalo
  • BS Biology - Armstrong State University

Lindsay’s research interests include pop culture studies, distance learning, pedagogy, assessment, queer studies, and performance. Her education experience includes teaching in face to face, online, and hybrid courses at several institutions. She has taught courses in composition, literature, speech, business writing, and film. She has been the recipient of the Faculty of the Year Award at Mandl School and the Outstanding Faculty Advisor of the Year at SUNY Suffolk County Community College (for the Queer and Allied Student Union). She is an active member of the Dramatist Guild of America, the Northeast Modern Language Association, and the Pop Culture Association of the South. She is currently contracted to co-edit a book on RuPaul’s Drag Race and Pedagogy with McFarland.

Education and Certifications

  • MFA in Creative Writing – Dramatic Writing – Adelphi University
  • MA in English – SUNY Fredonia
  • BA in English – SUNY Fredonia
  • BA in Theatre Arts – SUNY Fredonia

Having worked in the field of instructional technology for over twenty years, Coleman first became interested in computer-assisted learning while conducting doctoral research. She has served in various capacities at SUNY Empire since 2006. As an Educational Technologist she is most interested in the use of blended learning models and universal design.

Education and Certifications

  • ABD Romance Linguistics - Univeristy of Alberta
  • MA Spanish - SUNY University at Buffalo
  • BA Spanish - SUNY Brockport

Cantrell has over ten years of experience working in higher education and now manages the larger projects that the Educational Technologies team undertakes.  Her interests in educational technology focuses on using video games for instruction as well as student-centered learning, and her project management interests are centered about workflow process efficiency.

Education and Certifications

  • BA English Literature - Edinboro State College of Pennsylvania
  • BA Psychology - CUNY Brooklyn
  • MS Curriculum Development & Instructional Technology - SUNY Albany

Jon worked in the tech industry in IT support before returning to school to complete a Master’s degree in Education. As a NY State certified teacher and a Cisco Netacademy instructor, Jon has taught courses in Networking, Cybersecurity, and Programming using the blended classroom model. He is trained in Buck Institute Gold Standard Project Based Learning and has experience in a wide variety of Learning Management Software including Canvas, Buzz, Moodle, Blackboard, Schoology, Google Classroom, and Classcraft. Jon is a Google Certified Educator, and holds technology certifications in Operating Systems, Networking, and Security as well as experience programming in Java, C++, and Python.  


Education and Certifications: 

  • MST – Education – SUNY Potsdam 
  • BS Information Systems – SUNY Empire 
  • BA Anthropology – SUNY Potsdam

Background in music education, performance and recording. Interest in Community of Inquiry model through student collaboration within the online learning environment and the engagement of the digital learner in a constructivist-based learning environment. Interests and research regarding asynchronous video learning tools, open educational resources, accessibility and digital community to enhance online learner engagement. Teaches courses instructional technology, instructional design, digital literacy and social media marketing.

Education and Certifications

  • MS in Curriculum Development & Instructional Technology - SUNY Albany
  • BM in Music Education - SUNY Potsdam, Crane School of Music
  • Recipient of SUNY Open Cote Instructional Designers Competency Certificate
  • Creative Commons for Educators trainer certified

Coming from a background in music education, performance and technology, Kim has worked extensively in the application of technology in student-centered pedagogy, student engagement and success. She has seamlessly translated her expertise in the acquisition of musical skills and techniques to further the faculty’s effectiveness in the creation and use of digital artifacts, learning objects, and emerging platforms in their pedagogy. Current work and research include the on-going development and understanding of digital fluency in higher education and its implication on the faculty and students at Empire State College.

Education and Certifications

  • MA in Music and Music Education - Teacher's College, Columbia University
  • BME - Florida State University College of Music

Michael’s interests include the gamification of education, especially through the application of video games in the classroom as part of an overall educational strategy. His background is in philosophy, focusing on the search for identity in a digital world, and education, completing his master’s in curriculum design and instructional technology through SUNY Albany’s online program. His educational experience includes teaching in face-to-face environments as well as designing online courses. He is an avid player and gamemaster in Dungeons and Dragons and is constantly looking for new ways to adapt the storytelling medium to the classroom.

Education and Certifications

  • MS, Curriculum Design and Instructional Technology, SUNY Albany 
  • BA, Social Philosophy, SUNY Cortland 

Showcase of Our Work


Open Education Resources (OERs)

OERs are learning resources made available in the public domain.  They are licensed in a way that allows others to use and modify them to align with your learning goals. Each resource is licensed under a specific Creative Commons license.  The Educational Technologists at SUNY Empire State College and various subject matter experts have worked to develop several OER's.  You can see our portfolio of these resources here.

Available OERs that we have created or assisted with:

Educational and Emerging Technologies Podcast:
Where Dedicated Mentoring Meets Innovative Technology

Since January 2019, the Educational Technologists have been producing the Educational and Emerging Technologies Podcast: Where Dedicated Mentoring Meets Innovative Technology.

Every other month we release an episode with faculty mentors to discuss their use of technology, and how it enhances student engagement and learning. The podcast series covers timely topics and has a broad reach in terms of areas of interest.  We focus on what works well and identify lessons learned when using technology with instruction. 

Our series episodes can be found these three platforms: 

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