Digital Learning and Academic Innovations (DLAI)

Texas A&M Corpus Christi adopts e-learning technologies and processes to positively transform teaching methods such that students are fully engaged in learning and do not drop out of courses. In addition, space constraints are relieved by the use of online experiences for students outside of physical classrooms. Online degree and certificate programs are offered that meet the needs of citizens in Texas. And, in the event of a disaster, faculty and students are able to continue the business of education by using online technologies.

Digital Learning and Academic Innovations provides leadership, coordination, management, and support to the e-learning activities of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The office works collaboratively to provide educational opportunities throughout Texas and beyond, provide open learning environments so that learning can occur anytime and anyplace, and distribute faculty knowledge and expertise to benefit society and the economic vitality of Coastal Bend.

The Approach:

Given our mission, we have adopted a “servant leadership” approach. Our task is to build a shared vision and high level of trust among all stakeholders, administrators, instructors, students, and staff. We make every effort to empower participants to pursue that shared vision, support that pursuit, and provide professional development and other resources when needed. Elements of our culture include empowerment, inclusion, consensus building, collaboration, systems thinking, trust, and transparency.  

Services Provided:

Academic Digital Resource Center Course in Blackboard
  • A dedicated course in Blackboard contains helpful information for instructors. Log into Blackboard using your university credentials to take advantage of these resources. 

Continuity of Learning 
  • The Instructors Guide and Students Guide pages contain resources, guides, and tutorials for both instructors and students to ensure continuity of learning in the event of the campus closure. 
Individual consultations with Instructional Designers
  • Instructional designers are assigned to each college and will help you with questions regarding your course design, best practices in online learning, or Blackboard. Contact Instructional Designed assigned to your college. 

Online courses and programs development
  • We provide support and assistance to faculty with the development of new programs or revision to existing programs. Contact the Director, Digital Learning and Academic Innovations. 

Professional Development and Training
  • We offer a Certificate in Online Course Development and Instruction workshop, required for all new faculty. 

  • Other trainings include communities of practice: Online Course Redesign, Online Accessibility, and others.

  • By-weekly Digital Learning Digests keep you updated with the most current information. 

Instructional Technology Support

  • Zoom, Qualtrics, Camtasia, online Proctoring Solutions, and other instructional technology support. Contact Instructional Technology Coordinator to request a workshop. 

I-Create Lab

  • The I-Create Lab located in room 217 of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library, endeavors to provide the TAMUCC community easy access to the most innovative technologies for invention, creation, exploration, and design, no matter their field of study. It is a hands-on, multipurpose maker space where users can learn, collaborate, design, and create. Contact the I-Create Lab coordinator for questions or information. 

DLAI Staff:

Aleyda Cantu-Lee

Dr. Aleyda Cantu-Lee
Director, Digital Learning and Academic Innovations

Office: LIB 217 
Phone: (361) 825-2131

Alexandra Janney

Alexandra Janney
Assistant Director, Digital Learning and Academic Innovations
Support for the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Phone: (361) 825-2956


Lauran Guerra

Lauran Guerra
Instructional Designer, support for the College of Business

Phone: (361) 825-3896

Dr. Rinki Suryavanshi

Dr. Rinki Suryavanshi
Instructional Designer, support for the College of Science and Engineering and College of Education and Human Development

Phone: (361) 825-6214


Joseph D. Doan

Joseph D. Doan
Instructional Technology Coordinator, support for Zoom, Camtasia, Qualtrics, Proctoring solutions
Phone: (361) 825-3865

David Jones

David Jones
I-Create Lab Coordinator: 3D printing; audio-visual equipment; Cricut; laptops checkout; large format printer/vinyl cutter; laser cutter/engraver, other

Office: LIB 217P
Phone: (361) 825-2342