Staff Spotlight: Valerie Whitcomb
Valerie Whitcomb joined the Perdue School of Business as an academic instructional designer at the end of the spring 2015 semester. She has been working hard on the design of our new online M.B.A. She also will be working with faculty to design the Perdue School’s first online post baccalaureate certificate in advanced technology in enterprise systems (ATES).
She comes to Perdue with over a decade of online learning experience that spans many industries. She was introduced to online learning after working as a business process analyst and configured her first learning management system (LMS) to manage a wholesale change in processes for a large law firm with offices all over the country. "It was amazing that I could just give the employees a link and a computer and train them in their new job functions." she said of that first experience. "When I realized that I could offer enrichment courses in the system for free for the employees, I fell in love with online training."
She has worked on some very interesting projects, including an online volunteer training program for churches across the country, bringing online learning to developing countries and starting online compliance training for organizations with a global presence. "I had the opportunity to manage a compliance training project for a company that had employees in 21 different countries. It was very interesting because the courses had to be offered in many different languages including Hebrew and Arabic, which were particularly challenging," she said.
The academic arena presents exciting challenges for Whitcomb. "Online learning in higher education is starting to hit mainstream, and Salisbury University has the best technology on the market today," she said. "It is wonderful to be able to work with faculty who want the best learning experience for their students." She has worked with many different types of LMS and believes that Salisbury University’s current LMS is one of the best.
Valerie has an M.B.A. from George Washington University’s accelerated program, so she is sympathetic to the working professional that may be juggling many responsibilities, including pursuing an advanced degree. Coupled with her own online education in adult learning theory and learning management, she has a great mix of experience and background which is critical as the Perdue School of Business goes "virtual" in its graduate programs.