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Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction University of South Florida 2007
• Specialization in Instructional Technology
• Emphasis in Adult Education
Dissertation – Online Delivery of Career Choice Interventions: Preferences of First-Year Students in
Graduate Certificate, Career Counseling University of South Florida 2007
M.Ed., Instructional Psychology and Technology University of Oklahoma 1999
M.S.A., General Administration Central Michigan University 1993
Thesis – Utilization of Administrative Volunteers in the Medical Community of Fort Sill, Oklahoma
B.A., Psychology Wake Forest University 1990
INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY EXPERIENCE
Project Manager/Instructional Designer (Faculty Rank: Assistant Specialist, Associate Graduate Faculty)
Distance Course Design & Consulting Group (DCDC), College of Education
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
• Project Management
o Manage a team of six staff members including two full-time Multimedia Specialists and four
part-time Graduate Assistants.
o Set-up new unit under a Federal Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant – initiative to provide
high quality, online courses to broaden reach of teacher education program in Hawaii.
o Create and manage course development timeline and project benchmarks.
o Provide detailed monthly reports to clients and multiple stakeholders, manage weekly staff
meetings; and provide in-progress reviews of course projects.
• Online Course Design and Development
o Use systems approach focusing on learning objectives and standards; ensure reusability of
courses and course modules across semesters and instructors; maximize use of open source
tools, applications, and content.
o Work with DCDC team, as well as faculty Subject Matter Experts to develop courses using
rapid prototyping model.
o Current projects:
Grant funded: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary Education (9 undergraduate
Contract: Travel Industry Management (5 undergraduate courses)
Contract: Rehabilitation Counseling (18 graduate courses)
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• Marketing and Outreach
o Conduct business development efforts to secure follow-on contracts and other funding
KnowledgeTech, Inc. (KTI), Tampa, FL
August 2006-August 2007
• Training Design
o Worked as part of a development team of programmers and graphic designers to produce
computer-based training products for primarily military and government clients.
o Identified learning objectives for projects to guide selection of instructional strategies and
interaction in various training environments.
o Oversaw design of learning and performance support products using rapid prototyping model.
o Designed, developed and conducted formative and summative assessments on instructional
products to determine instructional effectiveness and learning outcomes.
• Proposal Development
o Participated in writing responses to industry issued Requests for Proposals.
o Provided high level concepts for training requirements.
• Business Development
o Met with government and military organizations to present KTI capabilities briefing and
establish teaming arrangements for future projects.
Career Center, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
March 2005-August 2007
• Advised “Cyber Center” workgroup on technology choices for new online workshops.
• Served as member of workgroup reviewing the Center’s website for update.
• Collaborated with Career Specialist to convert traditional undergraduate career course to online format
- Provided general guidance on content organization and integration of technology.
- Developed Instructional Design Plan including production schedule.
- Created virtual tour of the Career Center.
College of Education Laptop Initiative, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
May 2005-January 2006
• Developed timeline of critical events and monitored progress towards implementation in Fall 2005.
• Coordinated activities among multiple stakeholders: faculty, students, technical help desk, campus
computer store, and computer vendors.
• Participated in marketing of program to students and faculty via mail and group presentations.
• Organized training provided to students and faculty, as well as distribution of Apple iBook laptops.
Florida Center for Instructional Technology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
January 2004-August 2005, May 2006-August 2006
• Served as a “producer” assisting faculty with online, synchronous course sessions for distance courses.
• Provided scheduling and back-end administrative support for synchronous software system.
• Trained faculty on use of synchronous software to include interface familiarity and conversion of
traditional classroom activities to online activities.
• Facilitated workshops for instructors integrating technology into on-campus courses and preparing
course materials for distance learning courses using the Blackboard course management system.
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Instructor – University of South Florida
SLS 1101 – University Experience - An extended introduction to the University of South Florida.
Topics include purposes of higher education, structure and function of the university, career planning,
selecting a major, study skills, managing time and stress, academic advising, computer resources, and
• Face-to-Face: Fall 2005 – two sections, Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2007
• Hybrid course delivery: (50% online) Spring 2006, Fall 2006
Co-Instructor – University of South Florida
EME 6936 – Interactive Media - Design, development and implementation of interactive media in
instructional settings. Topics include: hypermedia programs, compact disc technologies, digital images,
digital audio and video. Students evaluate commercial programs and develop custom applications using
• Face-to-Face: Spring 2007
• Online course delivery: (100% online) Fall 2007
Co-Instructor – University of South Florida
EME 7458/6936 – Research in Distance Learning - Distance learning course designed to provide an
integrated framework to explore theory within practice. The course explores all types of distance and
distributed learning, not just online learning. Topics include distance technologies, implications for
teaching and learning, issues and trends, and research.
• Online course delivery: (100% online) Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Fall 2006
Workshop Facilitator – University of South Florida
Florida Center for Instructional Technology (Spring 2004, Fall 2005, Spring 2005, Summer 2005)
• Topics: Blackboard Learning Management System, Microsoft Office Applications.
ETEC 649 – Development of Online Courseware, University of Hawaii (planned: Spring 2009)
• Topic: Systems Approach to Online Course Development
ETEC 600 – Theory and Practice in Educational Technology, University of Hawaii (Fall 2008)
• Topic: Instructional Designer Panel Discussion
EME 6613 – Technology-Based Instruction, University of South Florida (Spring 2007)
• Topic: Responding to Industry Requests for Proposals
Community Counseling Program, University of Oklahoma (Fall 1999)
• Topic: Career and Outplacement Counseling
SELECTED RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Online Career Services: Current Practices in Providing Access for Distance Students, University of South
Florida, Tampa, FL
• Developed and implemented a research project investigating online career services.
• Research Questions: Which of nine critical services and elements are University Career Centers
currently offering online? What emerging technologies and innovative applications of technology are
University Career Centers using to reach students?
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• Sample: 54 University Career Center websites from schools with a Carnegie classification of HU – High
Undergraduate Enrollment and BAL/HGC – Balanced arts and sciences/professions, high graduate
• Results: Over 50% of centers reviewed provided online delivery of assessments, ongoing support and
services, consultation, and placement and labor market information. Innovative services identified
included virtual career fairs, career center blogs, and online workshops.
• Project resulted in a paper and presentation at the National Career Development Association’s Annual
Conference in 2006.
Center for Research Evaluation Assessment & Measurement, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
August 2005-May 2006
• Participated in projects evaluating the training and preparation of teachers and faculty, evaluating
various technology initiatives, and developing best practices and innovative technologies in instruction.
Innovations in Technology and Teaching Grant, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
January 2004-August 2005
• Assisted with analysis of data collected through a FIPSE grant studying the development of three online
graduate degree programs.
• Designed and implemented online surveys for students and faculty using Survey Monkey.
• Developed protocols and conducted interviews and focus groups.
- Review of instructional designer/faculty collaboration in course conversion process
- Evaluation of use of synchronous software
- Development of online survey instruments
- Evaluation of intellectual property rights and online course materials
- Evaluation of faculty use of laptops in a pre-service teacher pilot initiative
ADVISING AND COUNSELING EXPERIENCE
Center for Academic Advising, Undergraduate Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
August 2005-May 2007
• Advised undeclared/undecided, pre-nursing, and pre-architecture undergraduate students.
• Assisted students with interpretation of their course audit reports, including both general education and
major requirements in one-on-one appointments and group orientation sessions.
• Advised all students in A.S. to B.S - Applied Science program in 13 concentrations.
• Coordinated revision of website content, Spring 2007.
Career Development Coordinator
The Maxwell School of Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
July 2000-October 2001
• Presented workshops and seminars on career related topics and the job search process: networking,
resume writing, interviewing, employer research, and job fair preparation to groups of 10-50 students.
• Counseled a diverse population of masters and doctoral students, including international students.
• Assisted clients and students with automated and non-automated resources to research career options.
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Army Career and Alumni Program, Fort Sill, OK
April 1998-May 2000
• Provided counseling to military service members, retirees, and confinement facility inmates.
• Developed instructional materials including slides, video, and group exercises.
• Published articles in newspaper column and newsletters on job search topics.
• Presented agency overview to local groups and organizations as a speaker at meetings and workshops.
• Coordinated with webmaster to update agency’s web pages.
Barron, A. E., Feyton, C. M., Venable, M., Hilbelink, A., Hogarty, K. Y., Kromrey, J. D., & Lang, T. R. (2008).
Laptop computers in teacher preparation: Lessons learned from the University of South Florida implementation.
Journal of Computing in Higher Education, (20)1, 95-117.
Schullo, S., Hilbelink, A., Venable, M., & Barron, A., (2007). Selecting a virtual classroom: Elluminate Live
and Macromedia Breeze (Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional). MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and
Teaching, (3)4, 331-345.
Loggie, K. A., Barron, A. E., Gulitz, E., Hohlfeld, T., Kromrey, J. D., Venable, M., & Sweeney, P. (2007).
Intellectual property and online courses: Policies at major research universities. Quarterly Review of Distance
Loggie, K. A., Barron, A. E., Gulitz, E., Hohlfeld, T., Kromrey, J. D., Venable, M., & Sweeney, P. (2006). An
analysis of copyright policies for distance learning materials at major research universities. Journal of
Interactive Online Learning, (5)3, 224-242.
Schullo, S., Venable, M., Hilbelink, A., & Barron, A. (2005). Practical experiences in producing synchronous
online sessions: A case study in higher education. Journal of Interactive Instruction Development, (18)1.
(In review) Venable, M., Using technology to deliver career development services. The Career Development
Venable, M., (April, 2008) Using E-mail to Mentor Students in Higher Education. Career Convergence: Web
Magazine of the National Career Development Association.
Schullo, S., Hilbelink, A., & Venable, M. (June, 2008). Comparing practical models in multiple settings in the
United States. Proceedings of the Distance Learning Administration Conference, Jekyll Island, GA.
Venable, M. (January, 2008). Online delivery of career services: Student preferences and expectations.
Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI
Venable, M. (August, 2007). Online career services: What do college students want and expect? Proceedings of
the 23rd Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, Madison, WI.
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Schullo, S. & Venable, M. (August 2006). A Tale of Two Systems: Elluminate Live and Macromedia Breeze.
Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, Madison, WI.
Schullo, S. & Venable, M. (August, 2005). Synchronous e-learning: Proven strategies for teaching at a
distance. Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, Madison, WI.
Barron, A., Schullo, S., Kromrey, J., Hogarty, K., Venable, M., Barros, C., Hilbelink, A., Hohlfeld, T., &
Loggie, K. (March, 2005). Synchronous e-learning: Analyzing teaching strategies. In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.),
Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2005.
Kromrey, D. K., Hogarty, K. Y., Barron, A. E., Carey, L., Schullo, S., Hilbelink, A., Singh, O. and Venable, M.
(November, 2004). Innovative online instruction at a research university: Development and implementation of a
comprehensive evaluation system. Proceedings of E-Learn 2004 World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate,
Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Washington, DC.
SELECTED CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION
Venable, M. & Singh, O. (2008). Online access to career services: Preferences and experiences of
undergraduate business students. Paper presented at the Sloan-C International Symposium on Emerging
Technology Applications for Online Learning, Phoenix, AZ. (Session selected for simultaneous webcast and
Loggie, K., Barron, A., Bennouna, S., Gulitz, E., Hohlfeld, T., Kromrey, J., Sweeney, P., & Venable, M.,
(April, 2006). An analysis of copyright policies for distance learning materials at major research universities.
Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
Hogarty, K. Y, Kromrey, J.D., Hess, M.L., Lang, T. & Venable, M. (February, 2006). Technology integration
in teacher preparation: Development and implementation of an assessment system. Paper presented at the
annual conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association, Hilton Head, SC.
Schullo, S., Hilbelink, A., Venable, M. & Barron, A. (February, 2006). A tale of two systems: Elluminate Live
vs. Macromedia Breeze. Paper presented at the Society for Applied Learning Technologies New Learning
Technologies Conference, Orlando, FL.
Schullo, S., Barron, A.E., Kromrey, J. D., Venable, M., Hohlfeld, T., & Hogarty, K. Y. (April, 2005).
Enhancing online courses with synchronous software: An analysis of strategies and interactions. Paper
presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada.
Schullo, S., Venable, M., Hohlfeld, T., and Hilbelink, A. (March, 2005). Can you hear me now? A study of
synchronous online classrooms in higher education. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for
Information Technology and Teacher Education, Phoenix, AZ.
Barron, A. E., Venable, M., Schullo, S., Carey, L., Rendina-Gobioff, G., & Phan, H. (March, 2005). Creating
online courses: Assessing the contributions of instructional designers. Paper presented at the Eastern
Educational Research Association, Sarasota, FL.
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Schullo, S., Venable, M., Rendina-Gobioff, G., Barron, A., Carey, L., & Phan, H. (January, 2005). Tips, tricks,
and teams for developing online courses. Paper presented at the Florida Educational Technology Conference,
Barron, A. E., Schullo, S., Kromrey, J. D., Hogarty, K.Y., Venable, M., Hilbelink, A., Barros, C., Loggie, K.,
and Hohlfeld, T. (March, 2005). Synchronous e-learning: Analyzing teaching strategies. Paper presented at the
Annual Meeting of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, Phoenix, AZ.
Schullo, S., Barron, A. E., Rendina-Gobioff, G., Venable, M. Carey, L., and Phan, H. (November, 2004).
Creating online courses: Instructional designers' perspective. Paper presented at the Annual Florida Educational
Research Association, Tampa, FL.
Schullo, S., Venable, M., Barron, A. (March, 2004). Synchronous distance education: Researching our options.
Paper presented at the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, Jacksonville, FL.
Hogarty, K. Y., Rendina-Gobioff, G., Schullo, S., Venable, M., Kromrey, J. D., Barron, A., Hess, M. R., &
Carey, L. M. (February, 2004). Effective evaluation of online courses in higher education: The development and
validation of tools and processes to meet changing needs. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern
Educational Research Association, Sand Key, FL.
Lavolette, E., Venable, M., Gose, E., & Huang, E. (February, 2009). Comparing synchronous virtual
classrooms: Student, instructor, and course designer perspectives. Annual Conference of the Hawaii
Educational Research Association, Honolulu, HI.
Venable, M. (July, 2007). Online career services: What do college students want and expect? Roundtable
session presented at the Annual Conference of the National Career Development Association, Seattle, WA.
Venable, M. (July, 2006). Online career services: Current practices in providing access for distance students.
Roundtable session presented at the Annual Conference of the National Career Development Association,
Feyten, C., Allsopp, D., Cranston-Gingras, A., Evans, L., & Venable, M. (March, 2006). Transforming
educator preparation: 1:1 in a wireless environment. Presentation at the Technology and Teacher Education
meeting sponsored by Florida Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Florida Educational
Technology Conference, Orlando, FL.
Schullo, S., Venable, M., Hohlfeld, T., and Hilbelink, A. (February, 2005). Can you hear me now? A study of
synchronous online classrooms in higher education. Presentation at the New Learning Technologies Conference
of the Society for Applied Learning Technology, Orlando, FL.
Schullo, S., Cheng, R., Hohlfeld, T., Rosenburg, N., & Venable, M. (March, 2004). The Florida Center for
Instructional Technology: Innovative Ideas for Integrating Technology into Your Teaching. Poster presented at
the Annual Symposium on 21st Century Teaching Technologies, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.
Venable, M. (May, 2002). Electronic career portfolios for the 21st century. Presentation at Tech Forum 2002,
National Association of Colleges and Employers, Charlotte, NC.
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SERVICE AND RECOGNITION
Reviewer, Proposal Submissions (Division J: Post Secondary Education, Design and Technology SIG,
Instructional Technology SIG), for AERA 2009 Annual Meeting
Reviewer, Partial Tuition Awards, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Associated Students of the University of
Hawaii at Manoa, Fall 2008
Reviewer, Partial Tuition Awards, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Associated Students of the University of
Hawaii at Manoa, Spring 2008
College Ambassador, New Graduate Student Orientation, University of South Florida, 2006
Search Committee Member, for the position of Executive Director of the Florida Center for Instructional
Technology, University of South Florida, 2005
Exemplary Achievement Winner in Service Excellence, Member of the Career Services Network Team,
Syracuse University, 2001
Search Committee Member, for the position of Director of Career and Alumni Services, The Maxwell School
of Syracuse University, 2001
MILITARY EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Active: October 2001-October 2003
Reserve: May 1990-October 2001, October 2003-October 2004
U.S. Central Command, MacDill AFB, FL
• Mobilized as an Army Reservist in support of Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom.
• Worked with senior officers to plan, coordinate, and execute over 100 visit itineraries and conferences
totaling over 1400 visiting dignitaries from the United States and other countries.
o Lead Protocol Officer on high level visits, such as the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
o Support role on visits of the President of the United States, Secretary of Defense, and USO tour.
• Traveled to Kenya and Ethiopia to provide protocol support for disaster preparedness conferences
working closely with key host nation officials and American Embassy personnel.
o Tracked itineraries of high ranking attendees from 11 African countries.
o Worked closely with key host nation officials to establish protocol support for attendees.
• Deployed to Qatar to establish what would become the Joint Visitors Bureau for the Contingency
o Provided lead coordination for the office as member of the advance party.
o Supervised the work of a junior officer and two administrative personnel.
Honor Graduate, Officer Advanced Course, Adjutant General’s Corps (Personnel Administration)
Fort Jackson, SC, 2002
Officer Basic Course, Adjutant General’s Corps (Personnel Administration)
Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN, 1990
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RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS
Instructional Design Career Development Online Collaboration
Distance Education Online Student Services Survey Development
Systems Approach to Design Needs Assessment Project Management
CURRENT PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
AECT - Association for Educational Communications and Technology
AERA - American Educational Research Association
• Division J – Post Secondary Education
• Design and Technology Special Interest Group
HERA – Hawaii Educational Research Association
NCDA - National Career Development Association
PPDLA - Pan Pacific Distance Learning Association
Sloan-C - The Sloan Consortium of Institutions and Organizations Committed to Quality Online Education