Center for the Advancement of Innovative Teaching

About Us

Meet our CAIT Team:

Eduard Merc, CAIT Assistant Director, QM Assessments, Blackboard Collaborate/Communities Administrator, Instructional Designer


Eddie has been living in Hawai’i for over 13 years.

Eddie holds both MBA and MSIS graduate degrees from Hawaii Pacific University (HPU). He is also CompTia International Server+, Network+, and Security+ certified member. Eddie also holds the highest Master Pro 1 certification from the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) as a former ATP professional player and NCAA coach.

Eddie has been working at HPU as an CAIT Assistant Director/Academic Information Analyst for more than five years. His additional roles include: Quality Matters (QM) rubric administration @ HPU, Blackboard LMS front-end admin role @ HPU, Blackboard Collaborate Administration for HPU, and instructional design workshops and training development for HPU Faculty and Staff.

Besides his full-time job at CAIT, Eddie has been an adjunct business faculty member for face-to-face (F2F) and online international business classes for the Military Campus Program (MCP) @ HPU for the past 3 years.

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Dr. Han Nee Chong Wester, CAIT’s Pedagogy Expert, Blackboard Instructional Designer


Han Nee Chong graduated with a MA in Communication from Hawaii Pacific University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. She is an Instructional Design and Technology Specialist at the Center for the Advancement in Innovative Teaching (CAIT), and an Adjunct Professor with the College of Communication at HPU. She teaches communication, writing and business courses and facilitates online courses. Her study, Teachers as Adopters of Innovation, examines teachers as key players in innovation at schools, and how their perceptions, experiences, knowledge and self-efficacy towards innovation, are shaped by the organizations in which they work.

Han Nee’s research interest in innovative technology for learning stems from a firm belief in student-centered learning. While technology is a tool, which in and of itself, does not promote learning, she believes that it can be integrated purposefully into instruction. In her role as an instructional designer at CAIT, Han Nee assists in planning for effective implementation of curriculum to ensure that technology is used effectively to meet student needs. She conducts workshops on a regular basis to demonstrate the use of technology in classroom to improve teaching and learning, and provides frequent feedback to faculty and administrators regarding instructional technology. She is interested in working with faculty to make continuous improvements in key processes, techniques, and procedures related to the instructional technology program at HPU.

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Sandra Meyer, CAIT’s Coordinator

Sandra taught elementary education in Singapore, where she grew up, before switching careers and pursuing a degree in Mass Communications in Australia, where she majored in journalism.

She joined HPU in 2005 and worked for the past six years for the Teaching and Learning Center, before she became part of the CAIT team in August 2011.

As Coordinator at CAIT, Sandra’s role includes planning and overseeing logistics for CAIT’s workshops, coordinating events for the Faculty Development Planning and Activities Committee (including the Golden Apple awards and the twice yearly Faculty Scholarship Day), soliciting and editing articles for the Po`okela faculty newsletter, and just keeping on top of everything!

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Sanford “Sandy” Low, CAIT’s Blackboard LMS Expert, Instructional Designer


Sandy assists faculty with Blackboard and WebCT, and use of technology in the classroom (SmartBoard, Clickers, Wacom tablets). He also troubleshoots problems with courses in Blackboard and WebCT. His updated BIO will be posted here shortly.

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Shawn Rodriguez, CAIT’s Multimedia Expert


Shawn Rodriguez serves as an instructional design technology specialist with his speciality being multimedia development within the CAIT department.  His focus is on developing engaging multimedia for HPU’s classes.  He has over 15 years experience in multimedia production and has a Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in Electronic Arts/Multimedia from Southern Illinois University and Bachelor of Science, Psychology and Sociology, from Central Michigan University.

To see samples of his work, please, feel free to visit his site: 

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CAIT's Mission

CAIT provides a collaborative learning center that links people, projects, and technology in the pursuit of innovative ways to enhance lifelong learning for our students and our community.

In pursuit of this mission, we offer presentations, trainings, workshops, individual consultations, and project management resources on topics ranging from course and assessment design to classroom management to instructional technology. We provide faculty orientation and host ceremonies and awards that recognize achievement in teaching, scholarship, and service.   

CAIT-Fast Facts

  • We can help you integrate new technologies and applications into your classroom.
  • We can help you design an effective and engaging course – face-to-face, hybrid, or online.
  • Our workshops and events can be found on our CAIT Events Calendar:
  • We offer a series of self-paced online training modules on how to effectively teach online courses.
  • We want to capture and share your best practices and strategies with others at HPU.  We support many different ways to share knowledge – through workshops, presentations, Po’okela articles (our newsletter), blog posts, Knowledge Base resources, and more.
  • We manage a web-based Knowledge Base, a living, searchable database of resources on a variety of topics related to teaching and learning.
  • Our blog supports reflection and community-building, offering summaries of significant events and accomplishments.

Connect with us

Our diverse team of curriculum and assessment specialists, instructional designers, and informational analysts are eager to work with you. Email us at