I believe in participatory culture in online learning and the development of innovative learning opportunities. I don’t create learning, I create opportunities for learning. I believe this with my whole being because we only truly possess our own experiences and for learning to occur, the learner must feel connected to the experience. I believe in story-based curriculum, hands-on scenarios, and placing the potential learner in a situation where they have to do more than read a screen and click a mouse.
I’m an early adopter of new technology and love to experiment with new ideas. I have been designing curriculum with an emphasis on web-based delivery for almost 20 years.
On the backend, I’ve overseen the implementation of several different Learning Management Systems, some from unboxing to implementation.
Specialties: Leading elearning design, interfacing with internal leadership teams to determine needs and with community leaders to share learning opportunities, LMS management, LMS implementation, Captivate, video editing/production, audio editing, narration, photography, photo editing (Photoshop). I dabble in HTML, Java, CSS, CMS, Adobe CS, and pretty much anything else I find interesting.
In addition to all things elearning, I also enjoy public speaking, writing, painting, giving new life to old architectural elements, and gardening. I am a dog lover and am in a serious relationship with coffee.
I greatly enjoy the exchange of ideas and the sharing of best practices, tips, tricks, and pitfalls with my colleagues. Feel free to connect with me via twitter @misalenke (I return follows).
The CE Shop, Inc: Denver, Colorado (REMOTE)
July 2015 – October 2016
Created design plans and storyboards, conferred with SMEs and stakeholders on content. Adhered to strict deadlines and kept work within scope and budget. Created mock-ups for graphics, wrote text-based resources and video scripts for course assets. Directed graphic designers and staff writers to complete assets according to my design plans. Tracked project milestones in an AGILE system.
Associate Dean for Online Instruction
York College: York, Nebraska
July 2011 – July 2015
Management of the day-to-day operations of all online programs at York College (NE). Student recruitment, advising, enrollment, and retention. Instructor recruitment, training, coaching, and evaluation. Budget, payroll, and project management. User training, program accreditation.
Technical Developer (part-time)
Thrive Solutions: Wichita, Kansas
November 2009 – July 2010
Graphic and web design, online retail shop updates for customers, voiceovers and tutorials.
Embedded Instructor/Curriculum Designer
Butler Community College: ElDorado, Kansas
December 2006 – July 2009
Worked in a consultative role to a multinational aircraft manufacturing company.
Designed a Wiki-based user guide and supplemental training materials as well as
interactive Flash based learning activities for a new (proprietary) software system.
Designed and Developed instructional materials to certify users, superusers and
master trainers at all major manufacturing facilities (US, Canada & UK). Incorporated
materials into the company’s existing Learning Management System (LMS). Designed
a comprehensive learning model for all future company learning initiatives.
Worked to meet stringent deadlines and work alongside the software development
team; helped them understand the functional needs of end users.
Although I was placed within the business unit of the primary customer I worked
autonomously and provided my own pressure and motivation to perform and produce
Instructional Designer/LMS Project Manager & Administrator
Pulse Systems: Wichita, Kansas
April 2006 – December 2006
Project managing the installation, re-branding, testing and implementation of a
Learning Management System (LMS). Designing interactive and SCORM compliant,
Responsible for every aspect of curriculum development from storyboarding concepts
through beta testing to delivery of final product. Primarily used Macromedia
Captivate, creating Flash and HTML output.
Additionally responsible for conducting critical analysis of existing training programs and working with the Corporate Training team to affect change through highly structured and well thought out training initiatives.
Accenture BPO (fka Savista-FSC): Wichita, Kansas
March 2005 – December 2005
Planned, developed and conducted software and system training including MS Excel,
Outlook and Windows for new employees, Masterpiece Financial Management (FM),
Infinium Human Capital Management (HCM), Infinium FM Web UI and Infinium
HCM Web UI as part of a large ERP initiative.
Planned, developed, and facilitated “soft skills” courses including Basic Telephone
Skills, Handling Irate Callers, and Do’s and Don’ts in Customer Service. Designed and administrated the central database for scheduling, tracking and reporting of training. Authored a proposal for the Kansas Industrial Retraining (KIR) grant that resulted in a large grant award
Bombardier Aerospace Learjet: Wichita, Kansas
July 2001 – March 2005
Planned, developed, and conducted various internal training courses in the traditional model, as structured on-the-job training, and as interactive learning activities for delivery via the company e-Learning platform.
Managing learning projects and coordinating training activities were also a big part of my core duties as well as design and maintenance of the central database of training records for all Bombardier-Learjet sites (Wichita, Tucson).
Duties also included regular publishing of site training schedules, managing instructor schedules and class loads, handling maintenance and day-to-day operations issues for the Learning Center facility and acting as tech support for staff computers and equipment.
Volunteer Experience & Causes
TeamMates Mentoring Program: York, Nebraska
August 2013 – June 2016
I spent an hour a week mentoring a middle school student who has high potential for completing a college degree in the future.
Leadership York: York, Nebraska
August 2013 – February 2016
I was part of a multi-member committee that planned and oversaw a community leadership development program.
Disaster Relief: York, Nebraska
Two small towns near to my home were hit hard by tornadoes. I wanted to do something to help, so I spent a day and a half collecting water and clean-up supplies from my community and delivered them to the people that needed them most. It was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life to know that one person can do so much by simply sounding a call to action and connecting the dots.