Dr. Angela Calabrese Barton is a professor in the Educational Studies Department at the University of Michigan. Her research is grounded in the intersections of teaching and learning science with an emphasis on equity and social justice.


Phil Deaton is the digital information accessibility coordinator for the Office for Institutional Equity.


Joseph Lopata is the Experience Director at Rock Central. He leads a team of UX Designers through strategic and challenging initiatives. His role is responsible for defining the user experience for products that support our team members and their HR needs.

Dr. Leslie Rupert Herrenkohl, is a Professor of Educational Studies at the University of Michigan. She is also a faculty member in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology. She is a developmental psychologist and learning scientist who is fascinated by how people learn.

Megan Torrance is CEO and founder of TorranceLearning, which helps organizations connect learning strategy to design, development, data, and ultimately performance. She has over 25 years of experience in corporate learning design, deployment, and consulting. She is the author of Agile for Instructional Designers, The Quick Guide to LLAMA, and Making Sense of xAPI. Megan is also an eCornell Facilitator in the Women's Executive Leadership curriculum.

Katie Oeschger is a design researcher at Covenant Eyes, a tech company headquartered in Owosso, Michigan. She has an M.S. in Behavior Analysis from Southern Illinois University, UX certification (with a research specialty) from the Nielson Norman Group, and is a board-certified behavior analyst.

Bethany is a designer that specializes in systems thinking, detail-oriented design, and scalable enterprise solutions. Bethany has spent her career leading grass-roots efforts, consistently innovating and changing the way product organizations build products. She co-led the Carbon Design System team at IBM, which built and maintained the design system for IBM Cloud.

Tasneem Pota, M.Ed. is a recent graduate of the U of M School of Education DATL program. She is an Instructional Designer and Teaching Consultant working in Boston for MGH Institute of Health Professionals. Tasneem has been working in the field of education for the past 10 years. She started her professional career as a lecturer for microbiology and biotechnology at the University of Mumbai.

Jeremy Nelson, Director of the XR Initiative at the Center for Academic Innovation, U of M, Ann Arbor

Laura Jewell is a qualitative Associate UX Researcher at Indeed.com. Prior to this role, she was a Research Analyst and a Senior Client Success Strategist.

Bassant Youseff is an educational toy designer at Science Crafts and Jaykerz in Cairo, Egypt. She is passionate about finding new ways to connect gamification and healthcare.


Virginia Pollack is a recent UMSI grad who works to maintain web accessibility standards as an Accessibility Analyst at Rocket. She collaborates with UX and Engineering teams to promote accessible design practices, and to prioritize the needs of 1 in 4 US adults who live with a disability

Jon Clancy is a Senior UX Researcher at Cox Automotive Inc. based in Denver, Colorado.


Anjli Narwani spent over a decade in creating educational technology solutions and training programs in the Middle East, honing her skills in software engineering, project management, and change management. She returned to academic research at the University of Michigan, along with her questions at the intersection of education and psychology.