Gene Shwalb is the Manager of eLearning and Instructional Support at UMass Boston. He trains and consults with online faculty in the use of Blackboard Learn and other instructional technology tools and methods which support pedagogically sound distance learning . Gene is also an adjunct instructor at UMass Boston, teaching graduate courses in Instructional Design and Technology. He has degrees from UMass Boston (M.Ed), Boston University (MBA), and Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.Mus). Gene is also a professional musician.