About the Digital and Online Teaching Team

Fannie Tsai
M.S., Instructional Technology
(949) 824-3809

Fanny Tsai

Instructional Designer

Fanny is an experienced and knowledgeable instructional technologist/course developer and designer. She is a lifelong learner who has pursued instructional design to combine her love of education with her technology expertise. Fanny has a BA in Multimedia/Web program from San Diego State University, worked there since she studied, and received her Master of Science in Instructional Technology at Fort Hays State University.

She has over ten years of experience working as a course developer/instructional designer in higher education (San Diego State University) and the corporate world. Fanny enjoyed meeting with faculty to design courses, which requires her to be familiar with their teaching methods and offer them the best instructional design practices. She enjoyed the exploration design elements in the web-based course that meet and exceed the specific needs of different cultures and leadership issues around the best practice to deliver, facilitate, and teach virtual environments. Fanny gained experience in accessibility with assistive technology eLearning training courses via distance and distributed learning nationally and internationally. She also has an extensive background (e.g., Web/HTML development, animation, and database programmer). Fanny knew that she wanted to do something meaningful and enjoyable with her skills and design courses representing each faculty member who works with UC, Irvine now. She also enjoys learning about their teaching styles and inspirations throughout various fields of study and supports them to take advantage of technology tools and features available to create an exceptional learning environment at UC, Irvine.


Fully Digitizing Exams using Online Quizzing Tools

February 22, 2023

Using Canvas Assignments and Calendar to Enhance Learning Collaboration

May 12, 2022

Being Mindful of Teaching Accessibility when using Classroom Technologies to Engage Students

February 10, 2022

Recent Projects

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2023 Inclusive Course Design Institute

The Inclusive Course Design Institute (ICDI) is a professional development program designed to support faculty in cultivating a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility (DEI-A) culture in the classroom. The Goal of the program is to provide pedagogical resources and encourage faculty discussion in the areas of inclusive excellence, transparency in course design, accessibility, humanizing teaching, and pedagogical wellness.
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2023 Digital Learning Institute

In response to the increasing faculty interest in online teaching, the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) is offering an eight-week faculty development program in Spring 2023, the Digital Learning Institute (DLI). The goal of DLI is to assist faculty in creating a quality online learning environment that embraces pedagogical excellence and enhances the student online learning experience.

2023 DTEI Teaching Accessibly Canvas Self-Paced Course

This fully online self-enrolled course provides instructors with a broad introduction to the importance of accessible teaching, various tips and tricks for course design and lecture delivery enhancement. Topics include Canvas Accessibility, Creating Accessible Digital Documents, Media Accessibility, Accessible Lecture Delivery and Best Practice Guidelines.
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2022 AccessibiliTrees Badging Program

To help UCI grow a flourishing community, we’ve taken a cue from nature and created a fun 3-phase badging program we’re calling “AccessibiliTrees!” Just as plants need certain conditions (sun, soil, water, nutrients, etc.) to grow and thrive, accessibility requires creating intention, nurturing the understanding of accessibility principles and refining skills and techniques using available tools.
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2021 – 2022 Teaching Experiment Academy

Higher education institutions are looking for ways to improve learning outcomes in STEM education. A collaborative team from UC Irvine, San Jose State University, and Cal Poly Pomona has created a cohort-based faculty development program, the Teaching Experiment Academy (TEA). The Teaching Experiment Academy (TEA) is a year long program (2021-2022) designed for STEM faculty to redesign their undergraduate courses with the components of Mastery Learning and Specifications Grading.

Blog Posts


“I got this un-solicited email from one of my new Math 195W (Mathematical Writing) students after he saw the layout for the canvas page. I don’t think I truly appreciated the importance of good Canvas course structure until this email. So, thanks for your hard work and patience with me last quarter. It’s already paying off!”

—  Roberto Pelayo, Associate Professor of Teaching, School of Physical Sciences