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Josh Shires

Josh Shires

Class of 2019

Technical Learning and Training Specialist
Milestone Systems




After working as a technical classroom trainer responsible for developing my own materials, I felt I was lacking foundational knowledge to ensure my courses were helping participants improve their performance on the job. After talking to Boise State about their OPWL Master’s degree, I knew I had found the course I was after.

With practical application of evidence-based performance improvement theory, and the flexibility to study online, Boise State’s OPWL program has given me the tools I need to perform as an Instructional Designer and Performance Improvement specialist.

Being based in Copenhagen for the entirety of the program has not hampered my ability to lead project-based work in multiple disciplines, from Needs Assessment through to Instructional Design and Evaluation. The program has given me the opportunity to work cross-culturally with people from a wide range of professional backgrounds, in a nurturing and rewarding environment, made possible by the excellent professors and advisors at Boise State.