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RCCD Distance Education

The Distance Education department at RCCD consists of a team of caring professionals dedicated to the students and faculty of RCCD and to improving the distance education experience of all colleges within the District.

Dr. Shawna Dr. BúShell, Dean of Educational Services and Online Learning

Dr. Shawna Dr. BúShell returns to her native California after 20 years of academic research and practice in Instructional Design and Curriculum leadership. Dr. BúShell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from The College of Notre Dame, a Master of Education from Stanford University in Learning Design and Technology, and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University in Instructional Technology & Media. 

Her resume bridges business, public education, and higher education; as she began her career working for Pacific Bell in digital technologies, she transitioned to teaching at a Magnet Science and Technology elementary school in an urban school district in Northern California. As she furthered her skill set with graduate degrees in New York, she spent 10 years bridging educational technology with university resources to 53 New York City schools. After graduating began her faculty journey at Rowan University as a Professor of Practice bringing preservice teacher programs to rural New Jersey with an impact that she still is asked to present. She trudged forward in a leadership capacity building the inaugural Instructional Design Program for Manhattan College, which included building an expansive early college component for neighboring high schools. She continued her leadership in developing community college curriculum and African American Male initiatives as Dean of Instruction at Malcolm X College in Chicago, Illinois. She leaves behind three new centers for Teaching and Learning, an expanded hybrid curriculum​, and vision and foresight on how to engage and run successful grant outcomes.

Dr. BúShell lives the daily motto: "Each One Teach One.”

She returns to California with a wealth of nationwide distance learning experience. She is excited to be a part of the RCCD team.

(951) 222-8561 CAADO Office

Cristina Miranda, Administrative Assistant III

Cristina began her college career at Riverside City College before transferring to UCR to earn a BA in Business Administration. Cristina joined the RCCD Distance Education team in 2022. She brings more than a decade of customer service and office administration experience. She will be helping to support, facilitate, and collaborate to meet faculty needs as part of her duties for the District Distance Education department.​

(951) 328-3721 CAADO Office

Derek Moore, Support Specialist

Derek has been serving the Distance Education needs of RCCD distance education faculty for over 19 years! Derek’s wealth of experience allows him to provide excellent technical assistance to faculty in Canvas, including the use of native Canvas tools and integration of third-party applications into Canvas. If there's a problem with how things are working in Ca​nvas, Derek can help! 

(951) 222-8694 Office

DJ Hawkins, Assistant Director, Instructional Design

DJ has taught English within RCCD for 12 years. In 2016 and 2019, she earned @ONE certificates in Online Education Standards & Practices and Advanced Online Teaching Principles. Additionally, she has badged in @ONE's POCR course and Instructure's Canvas Studio and Canvas Administrator Prime. Recently, she also updated her certification to include @ONE's Online Teaching and Design certificate and Equity and Culturally Responsive Teaching badge. DJ facilitated @ONE courses, created a new @ONE course, and creates and hosts workshop presentations for CVC-OEI, @ONE, and the Online Teaching Conference (OTC). In 2019, she began working as a Professional Expert Instructional Designer for RCCD's Distance Education Department. In January of 2021, she accepted the position of Interim Assistant Director of Instructional Design in RCCD's Distance Education Department. In July of 2021, DJ accepted the position of Assistant Director of Instructional Design. In addition to supervising the Accessibility and Course Developer Teams, DJ facilitates ​workshops and training courses while supporting faculty directly during 1:1 appointments.

(951) 266-9315 Work Cell

Anish Bhatia, Accessible Technology & Media Coordinator

Anish has taught Computer Information Systems courses at Riverside City College and Moreno Valley College as a ​​member of the associate faculty. He conducted faculty training seminars in online education technology for the district. He has also taught at Norco College and U.C. Davis. He provided faculty support for Distance Education at MVC in 2020. Anish started working as an Accessible Technology & Media Coordinator at RCCD in 2021. 

(951) 289-7344 Work Cell

Sandra Xochipiltecatl, Professional Expert Course Developer

Sandra has an MA in Mesoamerican Studies and in Anthropology. She has experience in online education and has participated in digital projects in Mexico and the United States. Sandra has been teaching Anthropology online for Moreno Valley College, Norco College, and other universities in the region, where she built her courses using Canvas. During the last year, Sandra worked in MVC’s DE Den as a Sidekick, supporting faculty with their online course development. She is excited to join the District Distance Education department as a Course Developer based at Moreno Valley College.

(951) 406-0943 Work Cell

Ana-Lia Marinelli, Professional Expert Course Developer

Ana-Lia earned her Master’s Degree in English from California State University, Fullerton. She's been teaching English composition courses in-person, hybrid, and online at Riverside City College and other community colleges in the area for 6 years. She just earned the @ONE POCR badge and has experience in building quality online courses using Canvas and using other instructional tools such as Playposit, Harmonize, and Flipgrid​​. Ana-Lia is excited to be working with Norco's faculty as their DE Course Developer.

​(951) 344-5538 Work Cell

Diana Myers Hyatt, Professional Expert Course Developer

Diana has an MBA and a Masters in Library and Information Science. She has 20 years of experience as a Graphic Designer. Diana has taught online Information Literacy courses for all three RCCD campuses. In 2019, she provided support to RCC faculty in developing their online courses. In 2020, she earned the @ONE Certificate for Online Teaching and Design. Additionally, she completed the RCCD Accessibility Mentor training and spent Spring 2021 supporting faculty. She fell in love with developing Canvas course and video content during the pandemic and looks forward to helping RCCD instructors to better serve our students through course development.​​ Diana is based at Riverside City College.

(951) 251-5224​​ Work Cell

Stefanie Tate, Professional Expert Course Developer​

Stefanie earned her Master's Degree in Educational Policy and Leadership from Stanford University after spending nearly a decade working in California's public schools. She has experience teaching English in a variety of educational settings, including fully online and hybrid modalities. In each of her teaching roles, Stefanie joyfully supported course development and the exploration of digital tools that could improve student learning outcomes and optimize instructor workflow. In 2012, Stefanie initiated her school district's Canvas pilot program. Since then, she has built her own online courses, shared templates with colleagues, and assisted them in developing online courses that fit their individual needs. She is excited to join RCCD and its efforts to support faculty online with their course development.​ Stefanie is based at CAADO.

(951) 356-6836​