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Our Mission and Goals

The mission of the TLC is to further develop, support, and promote a culture of excellence in teaching and learning, particularly through technology-enhancements. Keeping this in mind we strive to:

  • Support faculty/instructors in developing a familiarity with current pedagogy (teaching methodologies and best practices) as they apply to both eLearning and on-campus courses

  • Assist faculty/instructors to incorporate instructional technology tools or web-enhancements as appropriate into course curriculum

  • Offer one-on-one training and workshops

  • Provide a comfortable computer lab/workspace where faculty/instructors can prepare for classes, develop instructional content, research, develop projects, and experiment with instructional technology tools

  • Help new faculty/instructors transition successfully into the Otis College teaching community 

  • Provide an opportunity to hear from our colleagues and guest lecturers through our Expert Speaker Series

  • Facilitate the “Bricks, Clicks, and Learning” pedagogy course

  • Offer Faculty Development/Research grant opportunities in the realm of eLearning course development

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Jean-Marie Venturini: Director of Learning Centers

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Jean-Marie Venturini


  • M.S. in Instructional Design & Technology from CSU Fullerton
  • M.F.A. from Otis College of Art and Design in Creative Writing
  • B.F.A from Loyola Marymount University in Classics and Classical Civilizations.


She has been teaching in the Liberal Arts and Sciences department at Otis College since 2006. She currently teaches:

  • ENGL 107 Writing in the Digital Age
  • LIBS 440/445 Capstone
  • LIBS 114/214 Identity in Time Travel (Online)
  • Bricks, Clicks, and Learning

Areas of Support

Jean-Marie provides assistance to ALL Faculty who want to teach online, blended, and technology-enhanced courses. She has a wide ranging expertise with instructional technology tools including O-Space.


Max Kraus: Teaching Learning Center Assistant

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Max Kraus


  • M.M. from USC Thornton in Jazz Studies
  • B.M. from Temple University in Jazz Performance


He has been teaching in community engagement programs and colleges for the past 8 years. Most recently with the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, he has taught the following courses in-person and virtually for Compton and Culver City schools:

  • Music of America
  • Music of the World
  • Bells and Advanced Bells

Areas of Support

Max provides assistance to all Faculty and Instructors for The Nest learning management system and video production and editing for their classes.


Natalie Salvador: Instructional Designer / Technologist

Natalie Salvador


  • B.F.A. from Otis College of Art and Design in Fashion Design
  • A.A. from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Visual Presentation and Space Design


Natalie has been teaching in the Fashion Department at Otis College since 2017.  She has also taught in the Otis College Extension Program and at FCI in downtown Los Angeles.  She currently teaches:

  • Sophomore Studio I and II
  • 3D Shape Exploration on the Human Form
  • Summer of Art - Fashion Design
  • Bricks, Clicks, and Learning

Areas of Support

Natalie primarily supports Otis College Extension instructors in online learning course development.  She also provides assistance to all faculty and instructors with questions regarding technology use and classroom best practices.  


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