Malena Moore Gittler Ph.D.

Instructional Designer

While not new to Penn State, Malena is now a full-time instructional designer at World Campus. She works from a distance in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, where she lives with husband JJ, daughter Gabby, and new puppy Hilde.

Malena earned a M.S. and Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from Penn State and a B.S. in Business Administration from Bucknell University. During her doctoral studies at Penn State, Malena worked with educators to help them transform learning experiences with technology through her affiliation with Pennsylvania’s Link-to-Learn initiative, Penn State’s College of IST Solutions Institute, and the Pennsylvania Faculty Academy.

Over the last 10 years, Malena worked as a workplace learning and instructional design consultant to address training and learning needs of corporations, the federal government, and higher education institutions. For example, Malena worked with a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company to design online courses and ancillary materials in compliance with their well-established global training model. She helped a regional water services company establish a foundation for a new training program that included face-to-face seminars, online learning modules, and hybrid learning experiences. And she collaborated with Turner Construction, the United States’ largest “green contractor,” to develop online courses for the Turner University LEED certification series. Success with these varied audiences required that she be adept at utilizing alternative learning strategies.

Formerly, Malena worked as a sales specialist in both the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. She has also freelanced as a contract instructional designer with Penn State World Campus. In this role, she worked with course authors to design and develop online courses that pair academic rigor with the flexibility of learning anywhere around the world, in an asynchronous format.

When not working or taking her daughter to her endless activities, Malena is a certified LesMills BodyPump® instructor and dreams of being a Nashville singing sensation.

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