Who We Are
The Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment (CIIA) has served Western's campus community as a teaching and learning center since 1998, merging with Academic Technology and User Services (ATUS) in 2012. Justina Brown directs the Center, collaborates closely with colleagues in ATUS and OCE, and employs a team of student experts to support professional development, technical, and instructional projects. Although much of the work at the CIIA involves coordinating and presenting workshops & events, working with faculty on the Innovative Teaching Showcase, teaching, doing research, and publishing, some of the most exciting projects we create are instructional materials for video and the web.
Justina Brown, M.Ed.
Instructional Designer, Media and Faculty Development
Justina has been with the CIIA since its inception at WWU in 1998, first as a graduate research assistant before being hired as an instructional technology specialist and now as a instructional designer in her role leading the teaching and learning center. With her Masters of Education in adult education and instructional technology, Bachelor's degree in psychology, focusing on learning theory, and a background in graphic design, she brings a broad range of skills to the design of instructional media solutions. She works as a team with several student technology assistants in all of the CIIA's projects. Since 2001, Justina has taught a seminar for the First-year Interest Groups program and has experience teaching via online, blended, and face-to-face modalities.
The student technology assistants in the CIIA work as a team, assembling their complimentary talents and skills in all of our projects—whether it is a custom application for a professor or building the components of the Innovative Teaching Showcase publication. Working at the CIIA, students can gather useful work samples to add to their portfolios and working skills they can draw upon as they enter their new professions after graduation.
The CIIA works as an integrated part of the ATUS Learning Systems area, collaborating to support instructional and technological endeavors in our campus community.