The Role of Instructional Design in Health Science Course Development

Presented by Christopher Malmberg, Olga Slasten LaPlante, Wendy DiBrigida, and David Bass-Clark on September 13, 2018 at 12:00 pm

In this webinar, UNE Online Instructional Designers will lead participants through their process of developing online courses for health sciences. The purpose of this session will be to demonstrate the value of the skills and experience of instructional designers for self-directed and active learning.

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Presenter Bios

Chris Malmberg – Chris entered the field of Instructional Design 5 years ago after he finished his MA/MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. While at UAF, he led multiple faculty development initiatives and produced a podcast on the intersection of technology and learning. At UNE, he facilitates professional development webinars and blog posts, and has developed curriculum for the Health Informatics, Public Health, Social Work and Applied Nutrition programs.




Olga LaPlante – Olga LaPlante has worked for 20 years in various educational settings, from camp counselor and ESL instructor to university English as foreign language professor and French teacher to technology mentor in public schools and now instructional designer for higher ed. She grew up in Russia and received her equivalent Masterā€™s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language with a minor in French. She also did additional graduate coursework in instructional technology and has taught in face-to-face classroom and online.


Wendy DiBrigida – After a rewarding 22 year career as an Occupational Therapist (OT), Wendy decided she wanted to pursue a Masterā€™s degree that combined her passion for adult education and technology. Finding instructional design to be the perfect fit for the skills that she loved using as an OT and the skills she wanted to develop, Wendy graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology in June, 2017. Completing the Masterā€™s degree solely online developed a strong appreciation and excitement for online learning. Wendy joined the College of Graduate and Professional Studies in April, 2017 to pursue her passion for designing engaging, quality learning experiences for adult learners.


David Bass-Clark graduated from Muhlenberg College with a Bachelorā€™s in Business Administration and Music, and went on to complete a Masterā€™s of Science in Teaching and Learning in his home state of Maine. After working for Apple and Disney, and serving in the public school system as a technology integrator, he embarked on a four-year journey to live and work in China where he witnessed firsthand the impact of technology on a rapidly changing educational landscape. He is thrilled to join the UNE Online community as an Educational Technologist supporting the Instructional Design team.