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OPWL testimonial: Class of 1999 testimonials

Prior to 2013, Boise State University’s online Master of Science in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning (OPWL) was known as the Master of Science in Instructional and Performance Technology (IPT). This blog post contains testimonials from the class of 1999.


jan gieselman Jan Gieselman, Class of 1999

Education Program Specialist
Boise VA Medical Center

Earning a degree in IPT strengthened my abilities as an educational research and faculty development associate.



jody zauhaJody Zauha, Class of 1999

Senior Product Specialist
SumTotal Systems, Inc.

As a Performance Development Specialist for the State of Idaho, the IPT program gave me credibility, practical processes, and the solid learning theory upon which to consult with management. Engineering solutions to performance based problems has been my mantra over the past six years. Using an IPT model, I have consulted with several state agencies regarding performance based issues. Helping them define gaps and generate solutions has been a very positive experience. In many cases my consultation resulted in a written plan of action or report which the agency could implement over an extended period of time.

On a national level, I am currently serving as the President of the National Association for Government Training & Development (NAGTAD). My background as a performance technologist, and my IPT education serve me well in the role and have added to my credibility with the Board and the NAGTAD membership.

My current job is changing under the new Governor and I am finding that my skills are highly valued by many agencies. I will have the fortune of choosing from several options…which is a good stress to have!


ken steinmanKen Steinman, Class of 1999

Senior Product Specialist
SumTotal Systems, Inc.

I definitely feel that the IPT degree has contributed both to my professional success and the value that I’ve brought to my employers and to my clients.

I graduated in December ’99 and was working all through my degree program. The practical application and ability to use real projects at work for my schoolwork provided relevance and practical application.

The degree is an integral part of my Certified Performance Technologist certification from ISPI. I apply Human Performance Technology principles in all of my work. When I was with The Regence Group, not only did I apply stringent evaluation procedures, but as a manager, I also hired an IPT grad!

Currently I use both Instructional Technology as well as Performance Technology as a consultant for a Learning and Performance Management Company.