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.

Tyler Verti

Educational Media Specialist


Tyler Verti is from Glendora, California, and has a great passion for education and media. After high school, Tyler moved to Arizona, where he worked as an educator at multiple community colleges and at Arizona State University. While at ASU, Tyler earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Arts in Film in 2015. He continued his graduate studies at ASU and in 2018, while teaching English/ESL to international students, Tyler earned a Master’s in Higher and Postsecondary Education.

Tyler joined the Office of Innovative Instruction and eLearning at Concordia University Irvine in the fall of 2019. He currently serves as Educational Media Specialist collaborating with faculty on the production of media resources that support dynamic learning experiences for students. Tyler’s five years of experience producing media for academic purposes and assisting students and faculty with technology provides valuable depth to the OIIE team.

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Emily Wells

Undergraduate Production Assistant


Emily Wells is from Ontario, California and is a graduate of Upland Christian Academy. Emily is a fine arts-studio artist studying Studio Art and Graphic Design with an emphasis in painting and illustration. She is in her senior year at Concordia University Irvine and will graduate in May of 2020. Emily has worked as an Undergraduate Production Assistant for OIIE since the beginning of her Sophomore year. She has contributed to or taken lead on a wide variety of projects including graphics creation for courses, eLesson authoring, and recording/editing of course videos. After graduation Emily would like to work as an illustrator, free-lance artist, or graphic designer.

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