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Melissa A. Venable, PhD

FroVersion 2m my perspective as an instructional designer/project manager/online instructor, Design Doc addresses issues related to: the design and development of online courses, support for online instructors and students, and professional development in the field of instructional design.

Contact Information

You can contact me via email: melissa.a.venable @ or Twitter.


While I do have a terminal degree, my career has not been that of the traditional academic. My path includes work in a wide variety of settings ranging from nonprofits to military contractors. I am an instructional designer with experience in industry and higher education (public, private, and for-profit). My background includes working in student services as a career counselor, academic advisor, and instructor for first-year students. I received my doctorate in 2007, in curriculum and instruction – instructional technology, focusing on the online delivery of career services. I also hold graduate degrees in administration and instructional psychology.

I am currently an Online Education Advisor for the Center for Online Education at providing resources, reviews, and education/career information for online students and instructors, as well as moderating a weekly Twitter chat: #IOLchat. You can also find my writing at

My previous employers include: the Distance Course Design and Consulting (DCDC) Group at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Kaplan Higher Education, KnowledgeTech, Inc., Saint Leo University, the University of South Florida, and Syracuse University.

For more information about my professional experience and education check out:

I am interested in opportunities to work collaboratively on the design and development of learning products and systems. Areas in which I may be able to provide assistance:

  • Instructional Design – online education
  • Instructional Technology – product comparison and selection
  • Support Services – career advising, academic coaching
  • Evaluation – needs analysis, survey design
  • Social Media – class assignments/communication, career development, professional web presence
  • Content Creation – career development and online education articles, white papers, blog posts, and other formats for online publication

Offline I am running, reading, and trying to get outside