Allison coordinates the movements of IDS staff and is the point of contact for university departments like ASC, DSS, the Library and the Registrar. She also, on occasion, develops courses, maps curriculum, and applies cognitive science to instructional strategies. Allison graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Teaching, Learning, & Teacher Education with an emphasis in teaching with technology. Her work includes consulting roles and full-time roles as an Instructional Designer and Instructional Technologist. Her passion resides in cognition, assessment, and research to design effective learning experiences. She has taught students at the university level as well as elementary and pre-elementary.
Daya received her bachelor's degree in French Language and Literature, with minors in Asian Studies and Anthropology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She began work as an educator as a Junior High English teacher with the JET Programme in Nagano, Japan. After returning to the U.S. she ran a business teaching specialty yoga classes in the Lincoln, Nebraska area, which included five years teaching for College of St. Mary and as host of a public access yoga program targeting older adults. She completed her M.Ed. at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2014, specializing in Learning Systems Design and Development. Her interests include education, digital anthropology, climate change mitigation, and yoga.
Melissa started her education career as a middle school science teacher. Her goal was to create interactive science labs while incorporating technology into student learning experiences. Her passion for education and technology encouraged her to pursue a master's degree in teaching and learning with technology. While working on her master's, she had the opportunity to work with an online department developing and designing a course for teaching assistants supporting online instructors.
Fitsum’s undergraduate background is in math and physical education. Her first MS focused on technology application in education and training at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Her second MA, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), focused on learning design and technology use. Fitsum served as a graduate assistant at UNL from August 2015 to December 2018, supporting faculty and students in the effective use of two LMS platforms, Blackboard and Canvas. Right now she is completing her Ph.D. course work and starting on her research study. Her research focus will be on pre-service teachers’ technology integration, knowledge change, and development.
David obtained a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Virginia, focusing his undergraduate thesis on best practices for online courses. He continued this focus by graduating with a Master’s degree from Virginia Tech in Instructional Technology and Design. David helps to resolve technical support issues in Blackboard for staff, faculty, and students. As a Learning Experience Engineer, he builds new courses and maintains existing courses.