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Featured Students and Alumni

The OPWL online curriculum is known for its practicality with a theory-to-practice emphasis. Each of our courses helps students produce portfolio-worthy deliverables. In addition, the OPWL program provides a variety of online learning environments in which our students can practice the skills learned in the classroom, collaborate on a project in a small group with a faculty sponsor, as well as apply for workplace experiences offered by organizations locally and across the country. Through these opportunities, OPWL online students also get valuable contract and internship experiences. Below are students in the program who participated in one of OPWL faculty’s research labs, internships, and other OPWL R&D activities to sharpen their recently learned skills with an outcome being a deliverable they could add to their professional portfolio. The below students share how their OPWL experiences made a difference in their professional development.

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  • Nahari Leija

    Nahari Leija

    Although I considered many universities, I chose Boise State because the OPWL courses focus on adult learning and completing real workplace projects for real clients, and the university courses in my home state mainly focus on e-learning in a classroom setting.

    Although I considered many universities, I chose Boise State because the OPWL courses focus on adult learning and completing real workplace projects for real clients, and the university courses in my home state mainly focus on e-learning in a classroom setting.

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    Jodi Mammenga

    In the spring 2020 semester, a Graduate Assistantship in the OPWL department became available, I was offered the position and selected to work with Dr. Villachica. Together with his research partner, Dr. Anson, we collaborated to set up the Process Management Lab. From them, I learned how to facilitate process reengineering workshops using a system that combines process improvement and performance improvement. I had found a new passion. This led to being offered a position on the Change Management Team in the Office of Continuous Improvement at Boise State, which is my *dream* job!

    In the spring 2020 semester, a Graduate Assistantship in the OPWL department became available, I was offered the position and selected to work with Dr. Villachica. Together with his research partner, Dr. Anson, we collaborated to set up the Process Management Lab. From them, I learned how to facilitate process reengineering workshops using a system that combines process improvement and performance improvement. I had found a new passion. This led to being offered a position on the Change Management Team in the Office of Continuous Improvement at Boise State, which is my *dream* job!

  • Sharnice_Christine_Yates

    Sharnice Christine Yates

    I am a former special education teacher and I chose the OPWL program to help me with a career pivot to the field of learning and development. I was just offered and accepted my first instructional design job! The biggest way OPWL helped me land my first job was giving me the tools to create a working instructional design portfolio. After each semester, I added my coursework to a personal website with reflections and blog posts. This portfolio gave me a big advantage during the hiring process.

    I am a former special education teacher and I chose the OPWL program to help me with a career pivot to the field of learning and development. I was just offered and accepted my first instructional design job! The biggest way OPWL helped me land my first job was giving me the tools to create a working instructional design portfolio. After each semester, I added my coursework to a personal website with reflections and blog posts. This portfolio gave me a big advantage during the hiring process.

OPWL Students and Alumni

  • Lenz Bayas

    Lenz Bayas

    Instructional Designer
    ACAMS

    • MS Degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning

    What do you like about your current position?
    Developing training programs for the financial crime industry has been fulfilling because through our efforts we’re enabling those who work at financial institutions the ability to prevent criminal activities such as bribery, corruption, and money laundering. It’s been interesting to investigate ways in which we can build our training programs more efficiently to keep up with the threat of financial crime. Part of that means ensuring the training material itself is relevant, timely, and applicable to workers back on the job.

    Instructional Designer
    ACAMS

    • MS Degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning

    What do you like about your current position?
    Developing training programs for the financial crime industry has been fulfilling because through our efforts we’re enabling those who work at financial institutions the ability to prevent criminal activities such as bribery, corruption, and money laundering. It’s been interesting to investigate ways in which we can build our training programs more efficiently to keep up with the threat of financial crime. Part of that means ensuring the training material itself is relevant, timely, and applicable to workers back on the job.

  • Justin Beaudry

    Justin Beaudry

    Instructional Designer
    Judge Learning Solutions

    • MS Degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning

    What do you like about your current position?
    Within my current role with JLS, I am put on various tasks within different projects they are working on. I may be a lead eLearning developer with my head down in Captivate, Storyline, or Lectora for one project, and in the next project be reading through documentation as an ID working to filter the items down to a one page summary as a preview for a course. I think that is one of my favorite things about ID work. I am able to have different projects at different times that allow me to utilize all the skills I have and am learning more about.

    Instructional Designer
    Judge Learning Solutions

    • MS Degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning

    What do you like about your current position?
    Within my current role with JLS, I am put on various tasks within different projects they are working on. I may be a lead eLearning developer with my head down in Captivate, Storyline, or Lectora for one project, and in the next project be reading through documentation as an ID working to filter the items down to a one page summary as a preview for a course. I think that is one of my favorite things about ID work. I am able to have different projects at different times that allow me to utilize all the skills I have and am learning more about.

  • Chantel-Early

    Chantel Early

    Research Assistant
    Boise State

    • MS Degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning
    • Certificate in Workplace Instructional Design

    What do you like about your current position?
    I really enjoy working with the MarCC lab because of the people and the current project that we are working on which is investigating the outcomes of organizational systems designed to support engineers from low income, first generation, and underrepresented backgrounds. Working alongside such talented and insightful individuals inspires and helps me be the best worker I can be.

    Research Assistant
    Boise State

    • MS Degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning
    • Certificate in Workplace Instructional Design

    What do you like about your current position?
    I really enjoy working with the MarCC lab because of the people and the current project that we are working on which is investigating the outcomes of organizational systems designed to support engineers from low income, first generation, and underrepresented backgrounds. Working alongside such talented and insightful individuals inspires and helps me be the best worker I can be.

  • Audrey Fisher

    Employee Development and Training Coordinator
    Oklahoma City Community College

    • MS Degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning
    • Certificate in Workplace Instructional Design

    What do you like about your current position?
    This is a new position for me, so I can only speculate on what I’ll like. First off, this position allowed me to relocate to a city I’ve been dreaming of moving to for a long time–Oklahoma City! I am excited to be back on a community college campus, providing robust orientation, onboarding, and professional development for faculty and staff. I think of this position as a connector: I’ll often be the first person a new hire meets, and I’m grateful for the responsibility to build community and belonging!

    Employee Development and Training Coordinator
    Oklahoma City Community College

    • MS Degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning
    • Certificate in Workplace Instructional Design

    What do you like about your current position?
    This is a new position for me, so I can only speculate on what I’ll like. First off, this position allowed me to relocate to a city I’ve been dreaming of moving to for a long time–Oklahoma City! I am excited to be back on a community college campus, providing robust orientation, onboarding, and professional development for faculty and staff. I think of this position as a connector: I’ll often be the first person a new hire meets, and I’m grateful for the responsibility to build community and belonging!

  • DJeane-Peters

    D'Jeane Peters

    Advisor
    Colorado School of Mines

    OPWL Graduation Year
    2019

    • MS Degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning
    • Certificate in Workplace Instructional Design

    What do you like about your current position?
    I am able to apply my instructional design knowledge to onboard my staff and communicate with faculty. I also volunteer as an ID for a micro-e-learning startup, and am always interested in using my foundations from OPWL to further develop my skills!

    Advisor
    Colorado School of Mines

    OPWL Graduation Year
    2019

    • MS Degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning
    • Certificate in Workplace Instructional Design

    What do you like about your current position?
    I am able to apply my instructional design knowledge to onboard my staff and communicate with faculty. I also volunteer as an ID for a micro-e-learning startup, and am always interested in using my foundations from OPWL to further develop my skills!

  • Kendra Peterson

    Kendra Peterson

    Product and Marketing Associate
    FiftyFlowers

    • MS Degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning
    • Certificate in Workplace Instructional Design

    What do you like about your current position?
    I like the ability to learn in an organizational setting and the fast changing environment.

    Product and Marketing Associate
    FiftyFlowers

    • MS Degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning
    • Certificate in Workplace Instructional Design

    What do you like about your current position?
    I like the ability to learn in an organizational setting and the fast changing environment.

  • Madeleine Yount

    Madeleine Yount

    Graduate Assistant and MarCC Lab member
    Boise State University

    • MS Degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning

    What do you like about your current position?
    Very few online programs offer paid Graduate Assistant (GA) positions and lab positions like BSU’s Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning (OPWL) Master’s program. As a GA to Dr. Lisa Giacumo, I create dynamic e-learning projects, develop course materials, and write research papers and articles. In fact, I am submitting three papers for publication this year alone. I am grateful to build my portfolio and expand my learning through real-world experiences. As a Lead Research Investigator for the Marginalized and Cross-Cultural Research & Design Learning Tech Group I help create training to onboard new members and conduct research on socially-just organizational performance. These experiences have allowed me give directly back to my community and contribute to creating a more inclusive and equitable organizational performance field.

    Graduate Assistant and MarCC Lab member
    Boise State University

    • MS Degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning

    What do you like about your current position?
    Very few online programs offer paid Graduate Assistant (GA) positions and lab positions like BSU’s Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning (OPWL) Master’s program. As a GA to Dr. Lisa Giacumo, I create dynamic e-learning projects, develop course materials, and write research papers and articles. In fact, I am submitting three papers for publication this year alone. I am grateful to build my portfolio and expand my learning through real-world experiences. As a Lead Research Investigator for the Marginalized and Cross-Cultural Research & Design Learning Tech Group I help create training to onboard new members and conduct research on socially-just organizational performance. These experiences have allowed me give directly back to my community and contribute to creating a more inclusive and equitable organizational performance field.