Learning Design Alumni


Breanna Hamm

Instructional Technologist
University of Michigan
Twitter: @breannahamm
LinkedIn: Breanna Hamm



Seth Neeley

Organizational Development Specialist
Lansing Community College - www.lcc.edu
LinkedIn: Seth Neeley

"After completing my undergrad at BGSU in the ATE program, I was glad to continue my education in the Learning Design program. I lived and worked abroad in South Korea for one year and the flexibility of this online program helped me to stay on schedule. The Learning Design program focuses on unique skills in an industry that is continually growing. I felt the program's professors and advisors provided great support and valuable guidance. Being able to obtain a job even before my graduation date was just icing on the cake!"

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Rachel Donley

Instructional Designer
YUM! Brands Inc.
Twitter: @RachelDonley

"The flexible, fully-online classes offered in the LRND program allowed me to earn my master's degree while working full-time. Classes utilized a combination of writing assignments, reflective discussions, and individual and group projects that challenged me to fully develop my creative, communication, technology, and critical thinking skills. I emerged from the program with a deep understanding of how adults learn and confidence in my abilities to apply this in the workplace."

Christina Wayton

Manager of the Visit Experience
Cleveland State University
Linkedin: Cristina Wayton

"For me, the Learning Design Program at BGSU was a new, exciting and engaging learning experience. Coming from a background of higher education and having little experience with the more technological side of the program, I got the opportunity to learn how to take my educational skills and use them in a new way. Having classmates from a variety of career fields was exciting as well because it gave me the chance to learn from other professionals, while also learning from my professors. My favorite part of the program was the flexibility to take all of my courses online and never miss a beat with my classes all while working full-time, moving to a new city and going through a career change. I am so thankful for all I have learned and all the skills I have been able to apply to my everyday job."


Christopher Pappas

Internet Marketing Manager
Virtual Trip Group
Twitter: @cpappas
LinkedIn: Christopher Pappas

"The faculty of the Learning Design program are very enthusiastic, motivating and with a great passion of sharing the knowledge. Their positive attitude, experience, and supervision created an extremely productive collaborative learning environment for me and my peers. It is difficult decision for an International student to travel from EU to BGSU. However, from the very first week I understood that it worth every single second. The Learning Design program is a life time experience that provide me with the knowledge and the experience to survive in a very demanded job market!"


David Walkup

Program Developer
Healthy Interactions Inc.
Twitter: @DNBWalkup
LinkedIn: David Walkup

"Through the LRND program, I developed and refined my skills of writing, creativity, communication, and organization into a career that enables me to utilize those skills and develop new ones. Through the leadership, teaching, and friendship of Dr. Herman and the rest of the faculty in the LRND program, I would not be on the career path that I am on. I will never regret a single minute of the hard work that I put into the LRND program."

Jaclyn Kinsey

Learning Designer
Root Inc.
LinkedIn: Jaclyn Kinsey

"The Learning Design graduate program at BGSU was the perfect opportunity to combine my two passions, technology and education, in order to pursue a career that I find most rewarding. The blended curriculum between adult learning principles and modern technology really helped me become a specialist in my field. I appreciated the 100% online coursework and flexibility because it allowed me to continue my education while gaining experience and working full-time in the industry."


Erin Schwiebert

Talent Acquisition Recruiter
Marathon Petroleum Company
Twitter: @eschwie
LinkedIn: Erin Schwiebert

"The skill set that the Learning Design program helped me develop is highly applicable to various settings that I encounter where organizational skills and creativity are a top priority. That skill set includes the ability to see the big picture and think outside of the box, all while working independently or within a team environment. The faculty and staff within the Learning Design program were challenging, engaging, and supportive. They were able to use their real world experiences to help me connect to the topics and engage in the subjects."


Alicia Springer

Graphic Designer with artcobell
Owner, Creative director at Spruce and Willow
Twitter: @spruceandwillow
LinkedIn: Alicia Springer
Instagram: spruceandwillow

"We are living in a digital revolution. As students, we are dealing with more complex thinking and receiving education from many different sources. Sitting in a classroom listening to a lecture is not the best way for me to learn. The LRND program was a perfect fit for me, the non-traditional/non-linear thinking student. I appreciated the blended learning, real world connections and collaborative environment from the staff and my peers. This program, without a doubt, helped me to secure a position as a designer with my current employer. At Artcobell, our main objective is to design learning spaces for the 21st century classroom that caters to all types of learners and enhances the overall student experience. I cannot think of a better place to express both my passion for graphic design and education!

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Phil Paskvan

Educational Technologist
Maumee Valley Country Day School
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"Participating in the distance learning LRND program allowed me to work full time while pursuing my Masters degree. By experiencing the online student's perspective first-hand, I became a better instructional designer and a better teacher. Once I graduated, my LRND degree helped me to secure a great position with higher pay and responsibilities than at my prior campus. Now, I use the skills I learned in the program training faculty, building courses and employing technology in the classroom and online every day. Best of all, my former instructors at BGSU are still available to me for professional support and are a part of my network of mentors and colleagues."



Melissa C. Partin-Harding

Co-op Coordinator/Academic Advisor
Bowling Green State University
Twitter: @Nitrapmch
LinkedIn: Melissa Partin-Harding

"The Masters in Learning Design program gives students a unique learning opportunity because the projects and research are primarily centered on teaching and learning in the 21st century, and as a distance learner you are experiencing and applying many of the programs and technology that you are researching and that are being presented. This is a well-structured program with knowledgeable professors who have developed organized online courses with valuable and relevant content."


Stephen Jenkins

Principal/Senior Developer
Cloud City Digital, LLC
Twitter: @cloudcity
LinkedIn: Stephen Jenkings


Erin L Heilmeier

Associate Director of Admissions
Bowling Green State University
Twitter: @erinheilmeier
LinkedIn: Erin Heilmeier

"The Learning Design program was a perfect fit for my busy life and full time job. I was excited to be a part of a graduate program that was still academically challenging, but flexible enough to meet my needs. In addition, there were many ways to apply the content and curriculum to my current position as well as those that I strive to obtain with this advanced degree. The topics, theories and projects were relevant and stimulating. I found myself sharing what I had learned beyond the online classes with not only my peers, but with coworkers and personal contacts as well."


Chase Masters

Instructional Technology Consultant
University of Michigan
Twitter: @billchase2edu
LinkedIn: Chase Masters

"The C&TE (LRND) program at BGSU was the final piece in my "What do I want to be when I grow up?" puzzle. As a VCT graduate, I had knowledge and experience in many new and upcoming technologies, but had trouble picking just one or two to turn into a career. I completed the C&TE program to bring all of those options together by becoming an educator. It wasn't until graduate school that I realized I had been teaching my whole life, but never truly thought of it as a career option. I am now an Instructional Technology Consultant at The University of Michigan and am truly happy with my profession. I study many upcoming technologies and help faculty decide which one is the perfect solution for their needs. It feels great to know that I am making a difference for thousands of students and I have BGSU (and the College of Technology) to thank for that."