Academic Media Development

The Academic Media Development team partners with CUI's faculty and staff to provide expertise in producing academic media on campus. We would love to collaborate with you. Please contact us to share your ideas for seminars, speaking engagements, workshops, and trainings for your academic programs and on campus, online, or hybrid courses.

Alex Ray

Director, Academic Media Development


After earning his B.S. in Aquatic Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Alex Ray worked as a field scientist conducting subtidal marine surveys with the PISCO Lab at the northern Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara and Ventura. The purpose of the surveys was to monitor and assess the effectiveness of marine protected areas in supporting wildlife populations and biodiversity. Some of the results and conclusions can be found at CINMS After 10 Years.

Alex ultimately left fieldwork to return to school to obtain his single-subject teaching credentials in biology, chemistry, and geosciences from the University of California, Irvine. His work in the credential program eventually led to a master of science degree from UCI in Biological Sciences and Educational Media Design. This in turn led to his work on a multiyear National Science Foundation grant tasked with investigating the effects of arts-science integrated curricula on student achievement in earth, life, and physical sciences. Publications of results are pending.

In 2016, Alex came to Concordia University Irvine to join the Office of Innovative Instruction and eLearning where he currently serves as Director of Academic Media Development. Although his responsibilities vary, his academic and research interests are focused on efficient leveraging of media to support student learning in ways that weren’t readily accessible during his own undergraduate and graduate school education. Of particular interest to him is the concept of tailoring asynchronous design to meet students’ spatial and temporal limitations through the use of intentional versus opportunistic learning opportunities and matching them to appropriate instructional media.

Alex and his wife, Jess, live in Dana Point with their two children. When he can get the time, he enjoys free diving and spearfishing off the California and Baja coastlines and, after a good day on the water, feeding his family freshly caught treats from the deep.

Brent Inga

Instructional Design Media Specialist


Starting out as a musician and sound engineer, Brent fell in love with the creative process. He went on to study film production and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinematic Arts from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2010.

After graduating, Brent started his own production company in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he spent many years creating digital content for leaders in the fashion, fitness, medical, real estate, and hospitality industry. He’s also been involved in the creation of several independent films; one of which received a nomination for best short-film in the prestigious Eurocinema Film Festival and Hawaii International Film Festival.

In 2018 Brent relocated to Southern California and now is a part of the CU Irvine family as an Instructional Design Media Specialist.

Brent is currently involved in music and media ministry at the church where he attends. He’s passionate about transmitting his knowledge and passion for music to younger generations.

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