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UC Irvine Distance Learning Center Experts Selected to Participate in E-Learning Guild Webinar

Janet DiVincenzo and Matthew Williams Will Co-Present on the Topic of Engaging Your Learners

IRVINE, Calif. – July 7, 2011 – Janet DiVincenzo, M.A., PMP, CPT, CPLP, an online course designer, and Matthew Williams, M.S., a course developer with UC Irvine’s distance and learning center have been invited to be co-presenters of a content-filled session for an online webinar hosted by The ELearning Guild, a trusted source of information, networking, and community for eLearning professionals. The webinar is part of a two-day online forum event called “Audio, Video and Rich Media for eLearning” that will feature 10 sessions on July 21 and 22. DiVincenzo and Williams’ presentation will take place on Friday, July 22 at 8:30 a.m. PDT.

DiVincenzo and Williams’ session, titled “Five Ways to Engage Your Learners with Video”, will present ways to use audiovisual techniques to enhance online learning. The presentation will feature examples of how several faculty members at UC Irvine have incorporated video and audio in their online classes to make the learning experience more engaging. The session will also include a discussion on how high-context, low-complexity videos can transform online classes into real-time experiences and how novice technophiles can be introduced to the possibilities of using video in a low-cost but high-impact manner.

“Janet and Matthew have both made very significant contributions to the success of our online program at UC Irvine,” said Dr. Gary W. Matkin, dean of Continuing Education, Distance Learning, and Summer Session at UC Irvine. “Webinar participants will have the opportunity to learn first-hand the power of video and how it can enhance the learning experience.”

In her role at UC Irvine’s distance learning center, DiVincenzo coaches and assists faculty in creating online classes. She also designs eLearning for UC Irvine Extension’s online continuing education programs. Williams designs and develops pedagogically sound web-based learning modules that meet specific instructional objectives and adhere to current technical standards. He also serves as a consultant for faculty members, instructors, and other key stakeholders at UC Irvine Extension on pedagogy, technology, and best practices related to distance and hybrid education.

As a member-driven organization, the eLearning Guild produces conferences, online events, e-books, research reports, and Learning Solutions Magazine for professionals to share knowledge, expertise, and ideas to build a better eLearning industry. To register for the “Audio, Video and Rich Media for eLearning” webinar or for more information about The eLearning Guild, visit

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit

About the Distance Learning Center

The UC Irvine Distance Learning Center is dedicated to providing transforming learning experiences for local and global constituencies and offers exciting and innovative courses and certificate programs for a culturally diverse student body. Distance Learning Center provides the UC Irvine campus and strategically selected other organizations with distance learning services, including the development and delivery of courses using online technology.

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit