About Us

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is dedicated to the support and advancement of best practices in teaching and learning at the University of Connecticut. The staff of CETL work with individual faculty, teaching assistants, students, departments and the academic administration to create a culture which values teaching and learning, supports and rewards faculty for innovation in teaching, encourages respect for differences in learners and provides an environment where faculty, staff, and students work together to accomplish the learning objectives.

STAFF

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Lauren Schlesselman

Director, Learning Initiatives & Ed Tech

Lauren oversees the educational technology department and conducts product reviews to evaluate their role in pedagogy. She leads initiatives, such as CETL grants, aimed at assessing and improving student learning and increasing the scholarship of teaching and learning. Given her background as a pharmacy faculty member, Lauren focuses on advancing STEM learning initiatives and pedagogy.

860-486-3402
laurens@uconn.edu

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Daniel Facchinetti

LMS Faculty Development Specialist

Dan provides guidance to faculty on learning HuskyCT and using it as a complement to their teaching. He conducts workshops, demonstrations, and individual training sessions for faculty on the use of the learning management system and its application to pedagogy, as well as providing day-to-day LMS support.

860-486-5799
daniel.facchinetti@uconn.edu

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Karen Skudlarek

Educational Technology Specialist

Karen supports faculty in their use, adoption, and integration of a wide array of educational technologies, including Webex, Kaltura, and Collaborate. She also oversees CETL's involvement with UConn's Lightboard, CETL Hi-Tech Video Recording Rooms, iClicker Student Response System, and the double robot.

860-486-0506
karen.skudlarek@uconn.edu

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Gordon Daigle

Media Producer

Gordon works with faculty and staff to produce custom, high-definition media in support of education and instruction, CETL-based initiatives, and eCampus supported academic programs.

860-486-2472
gordon.daigle@uconn.edu

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Michael Illuzzi

Media Producer

Mike works with faculty and staff to produce custom, high-definition media in support of education and instruction, CETL-based initiatives, and eCampus supported academic programs.

860-486-1759
michael.illuzzi@uconn.edu