Workshops, training, and individual consultations are available for faculty through the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) team in the Media Resources Center. We provide online, on-demand training as well as face-to-face sessions for all levels of experience and ability. Our IDT team is committed to strengthening the quality of teaching with technology through faculty development, consultation, support, and assessment. We’d love to assist in the construction of online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses for any department on campus. We are located in the Media Resources Center, room 171.
What IDT Does
The Instructional Design and Technology team is a part of the Media Resources Center. Although the IDT team is commonly associated with the Office of Online Learning headed by Dr. Mark Porcaro, we are a separate group.
IDT supports faculty members and departments as they work to put content online. Whether you are teaching a fully online course, a hybrid course, or a face-to-face course, we have expertise to lend you and training to give you. Please contact us with all your Blackboard needs.
Meet and Contact Our Team
Dr. Carolyn Schmidt
Manager, Instructional Design & Technology
Carolyn joined the MRC as an Instructional Designer in 2014. Prior to that, she worked as an Assistant Professor of English at Friends University and later as a freelance online Instructional Designer and online Political Science professor with various colleges across the country. Carolyn has her BA in Political Science from the University of Kansas and her MA in Political Science from the University of Iowa. In 2005, she received her Ph.D. in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State. Since then, she has attended two years of culinary school at the Iowa Culinary Institute and is now finishing an MA in History at Wichita State.
Carolyn brings over twenty years of teaching and curriculum development experience along with her personal dedication to lifelong learning. She is student-driven in her approach to course and program development, and begins every project with the question, “what do the students need and want from this experience?”
Caleb K. Wilson
Digital Content Marketing Manager
Caleb joined the MRC as the Digital Content Marketing Manger in 2014. Before joining the team, he worked as the Social Media and Marketing Coordinator for KWCH-TV and Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc. in Wichita. While there, Caleb managed social media accounts for the company’s many brands, trained journalists and staff in digital best practices, and contributed on-air as the weekly “Tech Talk” segment digital expert.
Caleb is passionate advocate for social media and sharing its potential with others, especially those just getting started or looking to learn more.
Jay Castor, MA
Senior Educational Technologist
Jay has been working in higher education for 24 years, having been affiliated with 20 different institutions in Missouri, Kansas and California, in either a staff, consulting, or instructional capacity.
Jay holds a BA and MA in English, an MA in Curriculum & Instruction, and completed doctoral coursework in Educational Technology at KU. Jay taught hybrid/online English and technology courses for 10 years at MU & KU and various community colleges in MO, KS, and CA.
Though not a Shocker himself, Jay’s extended family is full of former and future Shockers.
Mary Morriss, MA
Mary’s current role involves active involvement in Blackboard support with a focus on mentoring Adjunct Faculty, as well as continued direction of the WSU telecourse program. Her primary focus is on helping both students and faculty become more familiar and comfortable with learning in the online environment, including answering frequently asked questions about the Blackboard LMS through the WSU OneStop. Mary has taught various online courses at Wichita State University. Passionate about animals, Mary also helps run and maintain Lifeline Animal Placement, a non-profit animal rescue and adoption kennel.
Torie Wynn, MA
Senior Instructional Designer
Torie joined the MRC as an Instructional Designer in 2015. Before joining the team, she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Wichita State’s Department of English. There, she taught various Composition and Literature courses both face-to-face and online. While working for WSU as an Instructional Designer, Torie has also worked as Instructional Design contractor for the University of Kansas School of Medicine and lead writer on a documentary film project produced by WSUTV.
Torie has received her BA and MA in English Language and Literature from Wichita State University and plans to begin work on her PhD very soon. She is passionate about organization and creativity in course design and hopes to give students and instructors a positive and unique experience in every online course.
Taylor Moore, MA
Taylor joined the MRC as an Instructional Designer in June 2015 after completing her BS and MA in Criminal Justice from Wichita State University. Before joining the IDT team, she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the School of Community Affairs at WSU. There, she assisted in the development and implementation of online course documents and assessments for many online Criminal Justice Courses.