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Overview

Founded in November 2019, XCITE is UCR’s first campus-wide center for teaching and learning. We are a unit within the Division of Undergraduate Education.

Mission

 

MISSION STATEMENT

XCITE Center for Teaching and Learning partners to create innovative and impactful teaching, learning, and research solutions that drive academic and inclusive excellence.

GUIDEPOSTS

The following guideposts are critical to XCITE’s long-term strategies and meaningful investments in people and resources. 

ENGAGEMENT

Foster accessibility and interpersonal contact between faculty and students and encourage challenging and rigorous learning experiences.

ACCOUNTABILITY

Increase the relevance, measurement, and redundancy for successful teaching and learning.

FACULTY AND STUDENT SUCCESS

Advocate for initiatives, approaches, and strategies to improve the learning experiences of UCR students, and the teaching experiences of UCR’s Instructors and Teaching Assistants.

RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP

Foster research, scholarship, and creative work, especially in relationship to XCITE’s teaching and learning mission.

DEGREE COMPLETION

Increase opportunities for gaining credit by reducing artificial barriers to degree completion within a four-year time frame.

 

People

 

XCITE Directors

Richard Edwards
Richard L. Edwards
Executive Director for the Center for Teaching & Learning

 XCITE COMMONS, Rivera A0101A


  (951) 827-9053


  richard.edwards@ucr.edu

 

Israel Fletes
Israel Fletes
 Director of Teaching and Learning Initiatives

 XCITE COMMONS, Rivera A0101A


  (951) 827-3035


  israel.fletes@ucr.edu

 

Cheryl Diermyer
Cheryl Diermyer, Ed.D.
Associate Director of Innovative Teaching and Engagement

  XCITE SANDBOX, Rivera 135


  (951) 827-9010


  cheryl.diermyer@ucr.edu

 

Nathaniel Wildes
Nate Wildes, M.S.
Interactive Instructional Media Manager

  XCITE STUDIOS, Sproul 2208


  (951) 827-1848


  nwildes@ucr.edu

 

Instructional Design and Faculty Development

Cheryl Diermyer
Cheryl Diermyer, Ed.D.
Associate Director of Innovative Teaching and Engagement

  XCITE SANDBOX, Rivera 135


  (951) 827-9010


  cheryl.diermyer@ucr.edu

 

Samantha Eastman
Samantha Eastman, M.Ed.
Senior Learning Experience Designer

  XCITE SANDBOX, Rivera 136


  (951) 827-6481


  samantha.eastman@ucr.edu

 

Swati Ramani
Swati Ramani, Ph.D.
Faculty Development Specialist

  XCITE SANDBOX, Rivera 133


  (951) 827-3613 ext. 23613


  sawti.ramani@ucr.edu

 

Deborah Nelson
Deborah Nelson, Ph.D.
Instructional Designer

  XCITE SANDBOX, Rivera 133


  dnels009@ucr.edu

 

Richard Howick
Richard Howick
Community Engagement Curriculum Specialist

  XCITE SANDBOX, Rivera 133


  rhowi003@ucr.edu

 

Teaching and Learning Initiatives

Israel Fletes
Israel Fletes
 Director of Teaching and Learning Initiatives

 XCITE COMMONS, Rivera A0101A


  (951) 827-3035


  israel.fletes@ucr.edu

 

Joe Sepulveda
Joe Sepulveda
Project Manager

  XCITE COMMONS, Rivera A0101A


  (951) 827-2834


  joe.sepulveda@ucr.edu

 

Kenia Reyes
Kenia Reyes, M.Ed.
Education Innovation Specialist

  XCITE COMMONS, Rivera A0101A


  (951) 827-2612


  kenia.reyes@ucr.edu

 

Kenia Reyes
Isabel Lopez
Education Innovation Specialist

 XCITE COMMONS, Rivera A0101A


  (951) 827-2612


  ilope053@ucr.edu

 

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Sarah D. Bobardt
Graduate Assistant, Teaching and Learning Initiatives

 XCITE COMMONS, Rivera A0101A


  (951) 827-2612


  sboba003@ucr.edu

 

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Peter Liu
Graduate Student Assistant, Teaching and Learning Initiatives

 


 


 

 

XCITE Information Design and Data Visualization

Sohail Wasif
Sohail Wasif
Sr. Creative Consultant

  XCITE SANDBOX, Rivera 134


  (951) 827-7320


  sohail.wasif@ucr.edu

 

XCITE Studios

Nathaniel Wildes
Nate Wildes, M.S.
Interactive Instructional Media Manager

  XCITE STUDIOS, Sproul 2208


  (951) 827-1848


  nwildes@ucr.edu

 

MarLouie Miller
MarLouie Miller
Digital Media Producer

  XCITE STUDIOS, Sproul 2208


  (951) 827-2612


  marlouie.miller@ucr.edu

 

Justin Reich
Justin Reich
Digital Media Producer

  XCITE STUDIOS, Sproul 2208


  (951) 827-2612


  jreic002@ucr.edu

 

XCITE Research and Support

Eric Johns
Eric Johns, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Researcher

 XCITE SANDBOX, Rivera 133


  (951) 827-2612


  eric.johns@email.ucr.edu

 

Teresa Neal
Teresa Neal, M.A.
Communications Specialist

 XCITE SANDBOX, Rivera 133


  (951) 827-2612


  tneal001@ucr.edu

 

What Can We Do For You?

 

More than Technology

UCR Instructors have an expanding array of options for engaging students in learning opportunities. Enhance your engagement with course design, healthy and inclusive pedagogy, academic learning software, video production, and graphic information design.

Faculty Development is Professional Development

XCITE helps faculty at every stage of their careers with improving portfolios and rounding out skills.

Expert Help When You Need It

UCR Instructors are experts in their fields and know what information is essential for their students to succeed. XCITE specialists are experts in assisting instructors through each stage of course development by helping to:

  • brainstorm instructional activities to deepen student learning opportunities
  • identify the best educational technology to assist in delivering the learning experience
  • apply research-based best practices in pedagogical design
  • make your content come alive with graphics, video, and sound
Our XCITE Teams

Instructional Design/Faculty Development – design courses for greater student engagement

XCITE Studios – see what video and audio production can do for your online content Teaching & Learning Initiatives – Classroom of the future software, tools, AR/VR Visualizations – information and data made more accessible through graphic arts Research – evidence-based exploration of cutting edge best practices

For a personal consultation in any of these areas, use this easy form

Locations

XCITE is located in two areas of the Rivera Library: The Commons (Rm. A0101A) and the Sandbox (Rm. 133, the old Interlibrary Loan office).

 

The Commons
commons

Located to the left of the main library entrance and lobby. Seating capacity: 30 people. This “classroom of the future” contains a space large enough for presentations, classes, Lunch & Learns, and workshops. Equipped with zoom technology, cameras, large screens, and sound. 

The Commons also houses “The Hive,” an interactive High Visualization Wall that was co-sponsored by NASA. At 27 feet wide, this touch screen has three optional work zones, or can be viewed as one room-wide screen. It allows several people to create on the screen at once.

The XCITE Studio in Rm. A0101E, in the Commons has a permanent green screen facility. Professional video and audio production take place in the Studio.

The Sandbox
sandbox

Located at the end of the long hallway next to the elevators on first floor of Rivera Library. Seating capacity: 15-20 people. This space is suited for small groups and has a large-screen easy to use Zoom meeting set up. The seating is casual and comfortable with couches, easy chairs, and connections for laptops. State of the art cameras follow the speaker and capture the entire room so remote participants feel like they are part of the group.

XCITE specialists will help you set up your meetings and get familiar with the equipment. You can also order catering for either venue.

To reserve your next meeting or workshop in either the Commons or the Sandbox, use this reservation form.

Contact Us

Contact XCITE staff individually from the People page.

Office Locations: 
  • STUDIO - Rivera Library A0101E
  • COMMONS - Rivera Library A0101A
  • SANDBOX - Rivera Library 133
Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific Time Zone)

Questions:

Phone: (951) 827-2612

Primary Emailxcite@ucr.edu

XCITE Studios: xcitestudios@ucr.edu

Faculty Development/Instructional Design: xcite-fdid@ucr.edu