Meet a Geek: Marcela Ramirez

May 12, 2016



by Dalinda Hanna at 1:12 PM in Meet a GeekInteresting

We at OIT were curious about how well we really knew our colleagues.  In this blog post series, we'll interview the many faces of OIT to get a better understanding of the people who work with technology at UTSA.

So now let's meet Director of Online Learning Marcela Ramirez!


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Full name/nickname(s)...

Marcela Ramirez


Job title...

Director of Online Learning


On a typical day on the job, I...

Start my day with coffee. Depending on how many meetings I have during the day, I drink one or two cups of coffee in the morning. It’s also common for me to have my headphones on in my office and listen to my Spotify playlists while I work.  During a typical work day, I oversee and lead many projects related to digital learning, including course development of online programs and hybrid courses, faculty sessions for professional development, Blackboard support and training, and the UTSA Online website. I enjoy meeting with faculty and inspire them to explore different student engagement strategies for their hybrid or online courses. Also, one of my favorite things to do is to talk to our student developers about emerging technologies and how we can incorporate some of those ideas to our processes.


Pets and/or other varmints...

I have a 5 year old Pug, his name is Porfirio. He is currently in El Paso with my mom, and I miss him.


Time at UTSA (including school and work)...

I’m about to celebrate my third year working at UTSA.


Special Talent/Stupid Human Trick…..

I don’t think it’s a special talent, but I am good at pop culture trivia! 


In my spare time I like to...

Spend time with friends and family. I love to travel, walk around a new city and experience a place like a local. I also like to go to concerts, dancing and watch movies.


Favorite food and/or restaurant...

Mexican food! Also, I am a huge fan of brunch.


Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Wars all the way!! If you ever stop by my office, you will be able to tell who is my favorite character.


Favorite TV show...

Too many to list, but at the moment, I’m really into Game of Thrones and The Americans.


Favorite movie...

Too many! Inception, Amelie, and  Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back are among my all-time favorites.


Favorite candy bar...

I am not a huge fan of candy bars, if I had to pick I would say Kit Kat.


Favorite ice cream flavor...

Pistachio or Oreo

 

Favorite place to visit or vacation...

I’ve only been there once, but I would love to visit again Florence, Italy. Mexico City is also one of my favorite places to visit, there is always something new happening in the city.


I'm currently listening to...

King by Years & Years


In the past year, I...

had different roles in Online Learning. I transitioned to the role of Director this year and I’ve learned a lot of skills and abilities along the way. I am very grateful for all my peers that have helped me during this transition which definitely made it a little easier to move in the right direction.


In the coming year, I...

want to see more high quality online and hybrid courses offered at UTSA. I am very happy that the numbers of alternative delivery courses are growing, but we still have a long way to go. I look forward to many collaborations for the development of online certificates and fully online programs to improve overall student academic success.


Right now I am reading...

Quiet by Susan Cain