Robert Tisinai is an instructional designer at the University of Southern California. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics at Pennsylvania State University and is ABD in economics at Stanford. Tisinai helped pioneer UCLA Extensions Online Teaching Certificate program with a course titled, Facilitative Tools for Online Learning. He left UCLA Extension to join University Access, a for-profit online education company. Projects he designed there were given national awards by the United States Distance Learning Association and the Houston Worldfest. Since leaving University Access, Tisinai worked as a consultant on educational gaming projects before joining USC as an instructional designer for the Center for Learning.