Boise State Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning

The Department of Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning at Boise State University.

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12/14/2023

Congratulations December 2023 MS in OPWL graduate Amanda Buddenhagen!

Amanda began her graduate studies in summer 2022 and fulfill the MS requirements in five (5!!) fun-filled and adventure-packed semesters. During her study, she was active in the classroom and participated in a pilot program for the department. Before the start of her final semester, she was offered her first official position in the field! She is working as an instructional designer for VarnerMiller.

My role "has been a wonderful experience" Amanda shared, "and the knowledge I learned in the OPWL program allowed me to 'talk the talk' in the interview and landed me the job!"

Thank you for choosing OPWL, and again, congratulations on earning the MS in OPWL and beginning the start of your new career!

12/13/2023

Congratulations December 2023 MS in OPWL graduate Leila Richardson!

Leila began her graduate studies in the fall 2021 completing the degree in 6 semesters or in 2 years while a full-time professional! On her way to completing the MS, she also earned the Workplace Performance Improvement - graduate certificate and participated in a mentoring pilot program for the department.

She has been a terrific student in the program and has been applying her knowledge/skills learned in the program each semester to her day-to-day work. Watch for this star to shine in the years to come!!

Again, congratulations Leila and thank you for choosing OPWL!

12/12/2023

Congratulations December 2023 MS in OPWL graduate Cindy Minton!

Cindy earned her undergraduate in multi-disciplinary studies from Boise State with a focus on human relations and leadership. She applied that learning to her work for Habitat for Humanity and then as a Self-Reliance Case Worker for the State of Idaho. While working in that area, she began to reach out to learn more about the OPWL program and began her graduate studies in spring 2021.

During her time in OPWL, she completed the Workplace Instructional Design (WIDe) graduate certificate, was a member of a team that complete a change management project for the department, and all while being actively engaged in the OPWL classroom yielding an impressive graduate career!

Cindy, congratulations on your graduation and thank you for choosing OPWL! We look forward to seeing the work you do that will be the difference that makes the difference in the workplace!!

12/11/2023

Congratulations December 2023 MS in OPWL graduate Roshi Patel!

Roshi started her MS in OPWL graduate studies in fall 2022 and completed the degree in 4-semesters or 1.5 years! During her graduate study she was awarded two internships and in August, before her final semester landed a full-time instructional design/learning architect role with Credit Union West!

WELL DONE Roshi on fearless applying your learning in internships early in your study and building on it each semester to secure a full-time job a semester before graduation!

Congratulations on your impressive professional growth and OPWL looks forward to seeing how you will continue to be the difference that make a difference!

12/08/2023

Congratulations December 2023 MS in OPWL graduate Audrey Thibodeau!

Audrey began her graduate studies in 2016, took a 2 year hiatus during her study for her career, had a new job opportunity during that time and relocated across the country, and returned to her studies to earn the MS by the end of 2023! She began a new role in November as a subject matter expert working at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her role will be in supporting software implementation activities including project management, learning & development, change management, technical writing, and performance improvement.

Audrey, thank you for choosing OPWL, congratulations on earning the MS, bravo for your persistence and KUDOS on your new role!

12/07/2023

Congratulations to December 2023 MS in OPWL graduate Jeff Dalto!

Jeff started his graduate studies in fall 2020, did webinar interviews with thought leaders in the field to share with the community, participated in a research lab and co-authored a publication, and changed jobs midway through his study!

Jeff accomplished all of the above while enrolled in coursework and working as a full-time professional Congratulations on a robust graduate career!

12/07/2023

Congratulations to December 2023 OPWL graduate Andrea Bogle!

She began her study in the summer of 2020 and during her time in OPWL, she served as a teaching assistant in the OPWL classroom, earned the Workplace Performance Improvement graduate certificate, presented a workshop on needs assessment to an HR department, and was an active contributor to the learning in her online course work and on her team projects!

Congratulations on your impressive graduate career and thank you for choosing OPWL!!

12/06/2023

Congratulations to OPWL December 2023 graduate Elizabeth-Claire Knox!

She started her MS in OPWL studies in spring 2020 just a few months before the pandemic hit. But that did not deter her participation in OPWL's entirely online asynchronous coursework. During her graduate study, she landed a new professional role, relocated to a new state, added the workplace instructional design graduate certificate and was the driver of her stellar graduate career!

Again, congratulations Elizabeth-Claire on earning the MS in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning and thank you for choosing OPWL!

10/18/2023

OPWL Community! REMINDER!! OPWL is offering a free webinar series on navigating a career pivot or launch a new career.

Tomorrow, Thursday, October 19, starting at 5 pm Matt D.M. Watson, Ph.D., PMP will be facilitating OPWL Industry Mentoring Webinar #3. The topic this month is Career Research.

All OPWL students and graduates are welcome! If you are interested in participating, reach out to [email protected] and she will provide a zoom link for you to attend!

Marginalized and Cross-Cultural Research & Design Learning Tech Group 10/11/2023

At last Saturday's football game, OPWL faculty member Lisa Giacumo, PhD was celebrated as one of Boise State College of Engineering's 2023 Blue Turf Thinkers! Learn more about her research; https://works.bepress.com/lisa_giacumo/ and her research lab ; https://www.boisestate.edu/opwl-marcc-rdt-group-lab/ to see she is the difference that makes a difference!

Marginalized and Cross-Cultural Research & Design Learning Tech Group Marginalized and Cross-Cultural Research and Design Learning Tech Group. We help build stronger organizations, HRD, and HPT specialists. Opportunities await for technical HRD, HPT skills, leadership skills, and collaborative experiences.

10/02/2023

This fall OPWL has our Data Visualization course on the schedule.

OPWL understands how challenging it can be to get buy in on the importance of data and leveraging it to to inform your solutions. That's where a visual can be the difference. Check out our OPWL minute on what you will learn in our Data Visualization class and how you can leverage it to accomplish your workplace goals!

09/29/2023

We offer bite-sized learning every semester to help our students cover a breadth of topics and determine where they will take their learning deeper. Each fall and spring we offer a course on data visualization. Check out our one minute video on it. Reach out to [email protected] to learn how you can join an OPWL program!

09/28/2023

OPWL is excited to offer Contracting & Consulting in the upcoming spring 2024 semester. The 2-credit 7-week course runs from January 8 - February 23. Reach out to [email protected] to see how you can take the class!

Charles River Analytics | US Government-Funded Innovation 09/25/2023

OPWL LOVES hearing from their alumni. Max Corneau a graduate from 2000, reached out to share how his MS is still giving back to his career!

"Great news for this Alum! After 22+ years with my former employer, I'm taking a position at a small, 40 year-old, employee-owned firm in Cambridge, MA, Called Charles River Analytics. I will be a Principal Space Scientist working remotely from our home in Texas. https://cra.com/ "

OPWL equips individuals for innovating in their jobs today and for being equipped for innovative roles in their future! Reach out to [email protected] to learn more about how OPWL can help you innovate in your career!

Charles River Analytics | US Government-Funded Innovation Charles River Analytics is an employee-owned small business located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America.

09/21/2023

Congratulations OPWL student Alexis Bolick on landing your *dream* job as Organizational Development Specialist with the Organization and People Development department at UMass Memorial Health!

Here's what Alexis shared she will be doing - "Our department generally helps with any type of performance initiatives the organization needs, such as providing virtual and in-person classes to promote a culture that focuses on continuous improvement and respect, team interventions, coaching, and creation of learning materials (job aids, e-learning modules, etc.). I will essentially be using something from almost every class I have taken throughout my OPWL program, along with my current work experience as an Instructional Designer. A dream come true, really!"

OPWL's coursework is aligned with the knowledge and skills desired in a variety of learning and development roles. OPWL project courses include a work sample for your professional portfolio. Reach out to [email protected] to learn more about how OPWL can equip you for your *dream* job!

09/20/2023

This spring OPWL will be offering AI Tools for L&D professionals, a 1-credit, 5-week course that will run from March 25 - April 26, 2024.

Description: This course covers Artificial Intelligence tools that can support planning and development of learning objects for workplace settings. Students experiment with tools for different types of multimedia outputs and practice prompt engineering when applicable. For their class project, students develop a short e-Learning video or slide-based module incorporating AI-generated media.

OPWL welcomes graduates of the program that are seeking to learn and practice ethical applications using AI Tools to improve efficiencies in their work. Reach out to [email protected] to learn how to reactivate your account to take the course!

09/19/2023

Congratulations '06 graduate Jennifer Sinclair, CPT, SHRM-SCP on your selection as Deputy Commander, Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM) and the U.S. Coast Guard’s Chief Learning Officer (CLO)!!!

CLO Sinclair is responsible for 41 subordinate units in 17 states, delivering mission-ready forces by providing superior performance-based training, career development, education, leader development, and readiness assessments!

Prior to her appointment to the Senior Executive Service, she served as a Principal for Workforce Strategy at the MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit company dedicated to solving problems for a safer world through public-private partnerships and federally funded research and development centers.

Ms. Sinclair served as an active duty Coast Guard officer for 26 years. Her military assignments include Lead, Personnel Readiness Task Force; Chief, Officer Personnel Management division; and Director, Performance Technology Center. In her final role on active duty, she served as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support (DCMS), supporting senior executives through the creation of strategy and readiness policies while managing resources for the entire DCMS enterprise of 17,000 members. She also led the 27th Commandant’s Transition Team and served as the deputy of the Commandant’s Action Plan Ex*****on Team.

Congratulations!!!!!

09/14/2023

Join Us in Welcoming Karyna Mangusheva to the OPWL Team!

We're thrilled to introduce Karyna, Graduate Research Assistant, joining our vibrant OPWL team at Boise State!

Karyna brings a wealth of experience in teaching English as a foreign language industry, with over seven years of dedicated service. Her passion for education and instructional design shines brightly. Karyna's journey into instructional design began when she created a painting course for an online learning platform. Her innovative approach and commitment to effective education caught our attention.

With a BA in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a certificate in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Maryland Global Campus, Karyna's educational background is diverse and impressive.

Outside the world of academia, Karyna has a colorful range of hobbies and interests. She finds joy in the art of painting, the tranquility of hiking in nature's beauty, and the thrill of traveling to new destinations.

Karyna will be working closely with Dr. Martinez, and we're excited to witness the creative and impactful contributions they'll make together.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Karyna! We're delighted to have her on board and look forward to an exciting and collaborative journey ahead.

09/13/2023

Congratulations OPWL faculty member, Jelena Pokimica, PhD! She is a member of the research team in collaboration with Utah State University that was awarded a National Science Foundation grant of nearly $500,000!

The research project will impact 200 graduate-level students over three years by teaching students to battle imposter phenomenon and enhance professional identity and sense of belonging by learning and applying storytelling techniques.

Read more about this exciting project here; https://www.boisestate.edu/news/2023/09/11/pakala-wins-national-award-to-support-grad-student-success-through-storytelling/

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Performance-Focused Learner Surveys. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. 09/13/2023

TODAY --> September 13, 2023 – 12:00pm–1:15pm EST
Will Thalheimer will present --> Performance-Focused Learner Surveys: Data Your Organization Can Trust, Persuasion Your Learning Team Can Use

To participate, register here; https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtde6hpz8qHNJOm1Dpj5J17NorDz73jrRt #/registration

Program Description:
Year after year, we in learning-and-development feel frustrated in the learning evaluation we are able to do. Mostly we use traditional smile sheets even though we are suspicious of them. Our intuitions align with the scientific research. Traditional smile sheets are virtually uncorrelated with learning results. Fortunately, there is a better way.

In this session, Will Thalheimer, author of the award-winning book Performance-Focused Learner Surveys will share his hard-earned lessons learned about how to design and utilize the distinctive questioning approach.
The session will cover the following topics: (1) the science on traditional learner surveys, (2) the problems with Likert and numeric scales, (3) the weaknesses learners bring to the job of evaluating learning, (4) Will’s personal journey in using learner surveys, (5) how to build better questions, (6) how to send messages and nudge action, and (7) how learner surveys fit into LTEM (the Learning-Transfer Evaluation Model).

Whether you’re a trainer, instructional designer, learning evaluator, or manager of learning; this engaging session will provide you with practical insights you’ll be able to use right away.

And, as a bonus, Will has agreed to provide a copy of his award-winning book (Performance-Focused Learner Surveys, 2nd Edition) to two people randomly chosen from those in attendance.

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Performance-Focused Learner Surveys. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Performance-Focused Learner Surveys. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

09/13/2023

A Warm Welcome to Kevin Kepple, Our New Graduate Research Assistant!

We're delighted to introduce Kevin, our latest addition to the OPWL team at Boise State!

Originally from Illinois, Kevin currently calls the Philippines his home, bringing a global perspective to our community.
Kevin's academic journey began with a BA in English creative writing from Southern Illinois University, where he honed his creative and editorial skills. He further sharpened his talents during an editorial internship at Fantagraphics Books in Seattle, WA.

After completing his degree, Kevin embarked on a remarkable career journey, spending a decade in the Pacific Northwest. He played pivotal roles in content management and quality assurance for tech giants such as Microsoft, Amazon, Expedia, and Nintendo.

In recent years, Kevin took a new path and became an ESL Instructor, teaching young adults at universities in China while simultaneously earning an online MAS in Film and Media Studies from Arizona State University.

Currently, Kevin is consulting for a friend's start-up company, providing valuable feedback on content and social media management. His ultimate goal is to transition into Instructional Design (ID), combining his tech and education background to create impactful learning experiences.

When he's not immersed in the world of academia and tech, Kevin enjoys exploring the latest apps and testing the capabilities of AI. He also has those well-deserved days when he indulges his inner movie ju**ie, using it as a way to recharge.

Kevin's sense of wanderlust is undeniable, and he satisfies it by traveling and exploring new places. His favorite destination to date is Nepal, a testament to his adventurous spirit.

Kevin will be working closely with Dr. Pokimica, and we're excited to witness the exceptional contributions they'll make together.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Kevin! We're thrilled to have him on board and look forward to an enriching and collaborative journey ahead.

09/12/2023

Welcoming Michelle to the OPWL Team!

We're thrilled to introduce Michelle Green, Graduate Research Assistant, who's joining the OPWL team at Boise State Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning!

Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our community, having earned her Bachelor's degree in Political Science and International Studies from Whitworth University. Her academic journey is nothing short of impressive.

With a diverse professional background, Michelle has spent 6 years teaching English as a foreign language in Japan, fostering cross-cultural connections and nurturing a love for learning. She also boasts 7 years of experience in Banking and Finance, showcasing her adaptability and expertise in various fields.

When Michelle isn't busy with her academic pursuits and career, she has a fantastic range of hobbies. She enjoys the art of learning new languages, the tranquility of embroidering, taking her beloved dogs for scenic walks, tending to her garden, and diving into the world of video games.

We are thrilled to announce that Michelle will be working closely with Dr. Giacumo, and we have no doubt that their collaboration will lead to remarkable achievements.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Michelle! We're excited to have her on board and look forward to a rewarding and enriching journey together.

09/11/2023

Join Us in Welcoming Andrew Clark to the OPWL Team!

We're excited to introduce Andrew, Graduate Research Assistant, joining our dynamic OPWL team at Boise State!

Andrew is a dedicated learner who earned his bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies from Ohio State University. Post-graduation, Andrew embarked on an incredible adventure as an English Language Teacher in South Korea, where he shared his passion for language and culture with eager learners.

When he's not immersed in academia, Andrew finds joy in tabletop games and online gaming. His enthusiasm for gaming is something many of us can relate to!

We're pleased to share that Andrew will be working closely with Dr. Chyung, and we're eager to witness the innovative contributions they'll make together.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Andrew! We're looking forward to a rewarding and successful journey together.

09/08/2023

Join Us in Welcoming Tori to the OPWL Team!

We're thrilled to introduce Tori Bowser, one of our newest Graduate Research Assistants, joining the OPWL team at Boise State!

Tori is currently on her academic journey, pursuing a master's degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning along with a Graduate Certificate in Workplace E-Learning Design and Development. Her commitment to her studies is truly commendable.

For the past decade, Tori has called the vibrant Bay Area home and has been actively engaged in promoting Diversity, Belonging, Equity, and Inclusion through her work.

During her undergraduate years at San Jose State University, Tori was deeply involved in on-campus organizations. She collaborated with various campus departments to develop and facilitate training workshops focused on student leadership. After graduation, Tori dedicated two years of service to AmeriCorps, where she played a vital role in supporting the California State University system. Her work involved implementing asset-based programs and initiatives aimed at supporting and improving STEM education. Throughout her educational and professional journey, Tori has consistently championed the development of training programs that amplify learners' voices and celebrate the rich diversity of her audiences.

In her leisure time, Tori enjoys the great outdoors, frequently embarking on hiking adventures with her friends. She's also a passionate advocate for local artists and loves exploring outdoor markets.

We're excited to share that Tori will be working closely with Dr. Winiecki, and we can't wait to witness the remarkable contributions they'll make together.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Tori! We're delighted to have her on board and look forward to a successful and impactful journey together.

09/07/2023

Welcome to the OPWL Team, Madison!

We are delighted to introduce Madison Bovee, Graduate Research Assistant, joining our OPWL family!

Madison is an exceptional talent who holds a Bachelor's degree and an Idaho Teaching certificate from the University of Idaho, specializing in Elementary Education with a certification in Cultural Pedagogy. She's also earned endorsements in Math, Literacy, and English as a Second Language.

During her undergraduate journey, Madison had a unique opportunity to conduct research in the education field in the stunning Galapagos Islands, showcasing her passion for learning and exploration.

After graduation, Madison began her career in a 2nd-grade classroom, where she honed her teaching skills. Later, she transitioned into house management, demonstrating her adaptability and diverse skill set. These enriching experiences have inspired Madison to pursue a Master's degree in OPWL, along with the WELDD certification, as she aims to embark on a related career path. Her commitment to personal and professional growth is truly commendable.

In her well-deserved free time, Madison immerses herself in the world of literature by reading novels, and she also indulges in the art of baking, creating mouthwatering bread and other delectables. Her adventurous spirit shines through as she loves traveling to new places, hiking, and biking in the great outdoors.

Having recently moved to the Boise area, Madison is eager to explore the local treasures, including the beautiful green belt during the summer and hitting the slopes at Bogus Basin in the winter.

We're thrilled to announce that Madison will be working closely with Dr. Roy, and we can't wait to witness the amazing contributions they'll make together.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Madison! We're excited to have her on board and look forward to a successful and fulfilling journey together.

09/06/2023

Welcome Back to the OPWL Team, Alexis!

We're thrilled to have Alexis Bolick returning to our team for her second year as a Graduate Research Assistant!

Alexis is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in OPWL at Boise State, and her dedication to her studies, research, and our team is truly commendable. Originally from North Carolina, Alexis has been calling the Bay Area in California her home for the past five years. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Psychology, which she earned in 2020, and has an impressive professional background in customer service and operations. However, her true passion has always been in employee development.

As of Fall 2022, Alexis has embarked on a full-time student journey and is eager to gain experience in instructional design and consulting. Her dedication to personal and professional growth is inspiring.

In her well-deserved free time, Alexis enjoys the great outdoors, whether it's kayaking on serene waters or conquering rock-climbing challenges with her fiancé.

We're excited to share that Alexis will be working alongside Dr. da Silva, and we can't wait to see the incredible contributions they'll make together this year!

Welcome back, Alexis Bolick! Your dedication and passion are invaluable to our team, and we're looking forward to another successful year together.

09/05/2023

Introducing OPWL Graduate Assistant, Sumaya Ali!

We're delighted to welcome Sumaya Ali to our team as our newest Graduate Assistant for the 23-24 academic year!

Sumaya is no stranger to academic excellence, having earned her Bachelor's degree in English and Education from the University of Washington. Her passion for education led her to work as an ESL paraeducator, where she gained invaluable experience in the field while also earning her TESOL certificate.

Currently, Sumaya is making a significant impact as a program coordinator at a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting immigrants and refugees.

What truly sets Sumaya apart is her ambition to become an instructional designer. With her strong background in teaching and writing, she's on a mission to create effective and inclusive learning materials that will shape the future of education.

In her free time, Sumaya loves to unwind by watching thought-provoking documentaries, crafting beautiful poetry, mastering her tennis skills, and cherishing moments with her beloved family and friends.

We are thrilled to announce that Sumaya will be working closely with Dr. Martinez, and we have no doubt that their collaboration will lead to remarkable achievements.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Sumaya Ali! We're excited to have her on board and can't wait to see the positive impact she'll make as part of our team.

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