Office of the Dean

O’Dowd Hall, Room 428
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3634

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Educational Technology

We are located in the Center for Medical Student Services (216 O’Dowd Hall). Technology support staff and instructional designers are available to School of Medicine students and faculty during regular business hours.

The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine through the Office of Educational Information Technology supports ubiquitous self-directed learning through the mediums of:

  • Lecture capture
  • Virtual microscopy
  • Anytime access to library assets
  • Online content rich resources

The Office of Educational Information Technology Includes:

  • Medical Student Records and Registration
  • Information Systems
  • Instructional Technology
  • Student/Faculty Computer Support

Research Tools


iSEEK is an embedded web application that enables students, faculty, and staff to perform “smart” content searches in Moodle. The software aggregates data from Moodle to return relevant, contextual results to queries ranging from student research, data assessment, curriculum mapping, and accreditation inquiries. Basically, iSEEK is a search tool, similar to Google, that allows the user to search terms in all curricular materials on the OUWB Moodle website. The queries return answers in context, allowing the user to see the presentation or handout with the click of the button. Searches may be limited by academic year, course title, MeSH terms and other useful parameters. 


Upon entering a course within Moodle, users will notice a new Block for iSEEK Search to the bottom left of the navigation pane.

iSEEK provides the ability for students to search through the content for all of the OUWB courses for which he or she is, or has been, enrolled. Faculty members have been assigned ‘Reviewer’ access to all courses in Moodle to remove barriers and limitations, allowing them to search and view the entire curriculum.


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iSEEK performs searches through all course-associated materials that have been posted to Moodle; this includes presentations, course documents, articles, electronic resources, and Panopto video files.

Search filters include the following options: Academic Year, Graduate Year, Semester, Course, Section, MeSH, Date, Type, File Type, and Instructor.

Users may perform searches with or without quotations around the key term or phrase. Applying the quotations limits the search results to the specifics of the term or phrase within them.

New Functionality - Panopto Video Integration

The latest release includes the integration of Panopto videos as part of the search result. This feature allows you to view the actual point of the video where the term you're searching is recorded by simply clicking on the tab that reads, "play lecture at."

Training Video

Vitual Microscopy
Virtual Pathology/Microscopy is an emerging technology in research, education, and patient care.

The Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine uses SlidePath for virtual microscopy. We view it as a powerful tool for teaching and learning. It extends the learning environment to anywhere a student has Internet access, be it the classroom, library, laboratory, dormitory, or the local coffee shop.

Virtual Microscopy provides tools that give our instructors the ability to annotate images and ensure the long term availability of irreplaceable glass slides. It allows students the freedom to explore and manipulate images, creates a familiarity with an important new technology, and frees students from the expense and responsibilities of rented microscopes and glass slides.


Student Laptop

Students of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine will receive a MacBook Pro® 13-inch for their use throughout their experience here, in the School of Medicine. These laptops will include a 4-year warranty.

The computers will be transferred to the students upon graduation. Those who will not be graduating are required to return the MacBook Pro.

Meet the
Technology Team

Robert J. McAuley, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness and Technology Assistant Professor of Biomedical SciencesRobert J. McAuley, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness and Technology
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Robert McAuley is the Associate Dean for Educational Information Technology and Clinical Assistant Professor of Biomedical Science. Dr. McAuley has an extensive and diverse work history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, serving as Chief Information Officer, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Associate Dean for Informational Resources, and Assistant Dean. He most recently served as a member of the AAMC Group on Informational Resources steering committee. His interests include medical education, instructional technology, and medical cognition.

Kathleen E. Doyle, M.Ed.
Instructional Designer

Kathleen E. Doyle
Kathleen is an Instructional Designer in the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Kathleen received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Oakland University in Human Resources Development with a Specialization in Training and Design. She received her Master of Education Degree with a major in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University. Kathleen has experience in the field of higher education and distance learning from General Motors Corporation working as a Business and Site Administrator for the GM Technical Education Program. She has previously worked as a Web Content Manager and Graphic Designer for the Wayne State University Conflict Resolution Education for Teacher Education (CRETE) Grant and owned her own Graphic Design business. Her interests include message design, web-based learning environments, the use of simulation & games in learning, illustration and animation.  

Dawn Gorris
Helpdesk Technician

Dawn Gorris
Dawn Gorris serves as a Helpdesk Technician for the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Dawn came to OU after providing technical support in a K-12 educational environment for the past ten years. Her experience includes computer hardware and peripheral support, webpage design and maintenance and application support and training. Prior to that Dawn worked as a data processing manager and technical support liaison for Electronic Data Systems and a data processing clerk for Ford Motor Company.

Fred Haydon
Helpdesk Technician

Fred Haydon serves as the Helpdesk Technician for the William Beaumont School of Medicine. A Michigan native, Fred is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Technology. Fred comes to OU with 15 years experience as a Data Specialist, Helpdesk Technician and a Macintosh Workstation Manager.

Timothy French, MS ITM
Director of School of Medicine Information Technology

Timothy French
Timothy French is the Information Technology Project Manager for the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. His primary role of service entails the design, development, implementation, and support of administrative information systems for the School of Medicine. Prior to joining the School of Medicine in June 2010, Tim has been employed at Oakland in the Office of University Technology Services since May 1990. While he was there, he provided a variety of services involving database administration, security administration, applications support, systems analysis, electronic file transfer, report writing, and project management.

Christina J. RileyChristina J. Riley
Assistant Director of School of Medicine Records and Registration

Christina Riley is the Assistant Director of Records and Registration at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. She brings with her over four years of experience in registration services. She works with the Director of Records and Registration in course scheduling, registration, records maintenance and providing exceptional customer service to students. Prior to joining the School of Medicine in December 2014, Mrs. Riley has been employed at Oakland University in previous positions working in College Arts & Sciences Advising office, Advising Resource Center, and the Office of the Registrar as a Registrar Coordinator. Mrs. Riley received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Michigan State University James Madison College. Before joining Oakland University in 2007, she previously worked in the political field for ten plus years working for U.S. Senator Carl Levin and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow.

Janail Silver, MBA
Director of School of Medicine Records and Registration

Janail Silver
Janail Silver is the Director of Records and Registration at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. She is responsible for course scheduling, registration, and records maintenance. Janail comes to Oakland with more than five years of experience in enrollment services. She earned both her Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Master of Business Administration from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Her interests include enrollment management and providing students with exceptional customer service.

Emmanuel Wilson
Systems Analyst

Emmanuel Wilson
Emmanuel Wilson serves as the Systems Analyst for the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He is responsible for the design, development, implementation, and support of web-based applications and business analytical reports, which provides business solutions required for and to enhance medical education. His role also involves the support for vendor-based applications, training for web-based applications and development of documentation. He has prior work experience in the higher education and health care industries. Emmanuel earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Oakland University in 2011.

David Zhu, M. Eng.
Database Administrator

David Zhu
David Zhu serves as the Database Administrator for the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. David received his Master of Engineering degree with a major in Computer Engineering from Wayne State University. He has experiences in database administration, system design & analysis, instructional support, application support, reporting service development and server administration, etc. His primary role of services in OUWB School of Medicine involves the design, development, implementation, administration and support of database systems, database warehouses and administrative reporting services. Prior to joining the School of Medicine in November 2010, David has been employed at OU School of Business Administration as Information Technology Analyst since May 2001.