Meet your Cuesta DE Faculty Trainers

Picture of Cynthia WilshusenCynthia Wilshusen

Distance Education Instructional Designer

805-591-6200 ext. 4531

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Cynthia Wilshusen was hired in 2016 as the campus instructional designer and can assist faculty with a variety of needs. Her specialties include course design, accessibility, effective contact, and coordinating external applications (such as Office Suite, Google drive, Adobe suite, Camtasia, Paint, TechSmith, and more). She is also familiar with establishing connections with publisher content / software and more advanced resources like creating HTML pages, TurnitIn, and eBooks. Cynthia is well versed several Learning Management Systems such as Blackboard, Moodle, and Canvas. Please feel free to sign up for a workshop/webinar, drop in her open lab, or set an appointment (see the training schedule for more details).

Cynthia began teaching at Cuesta College Part-Time in Computer Applications and Business Education starting in Spring of 2000, and started teaching online at Cuesta College in 2002, when there was little to no support for faculty, and most of her knowledge is self-taught. She also completed her MBA in Accounting fully online in 2004, where she had the opportunity to experience the online education process from a student perspective. In addition to teaching at Cuesta College she has been contracted to develop fully online courses at other institutions, taking a face to face class to an online setting.
Cynthia takes pride in continually learning more about online education and stays current in trends and technology by attending the Online Teaching Conference Annually. In 2010 she became a certified online instructor through @one. In addition in 2014 she was invited to take part in the Online Education Initiative (OEI) and is certified as Peer Online Course Reviewer (POCR). Knowing how complex designing and facilitating online courses can be, she is excited to be part of a team that can provide resources, training and support for other faculty.  



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Kevin Bontenbal

Library/Information Technology


Kevin was hired Full-Time in 1997 as the Instructional Technology Librarian. Since this time he has used a variety of technologies and learning management systems to both teach and provide information and resources to students online. Kevin has also assisted many faculty and provided various workshops on different instructional technologies and the pedagogy of online teaching.

Kevin assisted other faculty in the Library/Information Technology program with transitioning that program to Cuesta’s first completely online program. For over ten years now, Kevin has also been teaching courses in this program online. He teaches these online courses through both Cuesta’s LMS Moodle and in stand alone web sites he designed himself.

In addition, Kevin developed and teaches an Introduction to Distance Education (DIST 101) course that prepares students to take online courses. This course was originally designed to assist students in the online Library/Information Technology program, but is now taken by many other students to prepare them for taking courses online.

Kevin has also taught online graduate courses for San Jose State’s School of Information in a variety of learning management systems, including, Blackboard, Angel, Desire to Learn, and most recently, Canvas.

Kevin is primarily on the San Luis Obispo campus, but is available to work with faculty at any site. He has over a decade of online teaching experience and familiarity with various instructional technologies and Learning Management Systems.