Team - MLA Instructional Designers

Marcia L. Ashbaugh, PhD * [email protected] *
W: 970.214.2686 * H: 303.862.8590
“Marcia will make an excellent mentor and teacher for others”. ~ Alex Probst
PhD, Education: Instructional Design for Online Learning, 2011
GPA: 4.0/4.0
Capella University
Minneapolis, MN
MS, Education: e-Learning Technology and Design, 2008
Graduated Summa cum Laude
Jones International University
Centennial, CO
BS, Computer Information Systems:
Management Information Systems, 2004
Graduated Summa cum Laude
Colorado Christian University
Lakewood, CO
Honors and Grants
Dean’s Recognition for Exemplary Work: EPSS for CU-Boulder Science Lab
Alpha Sigma Lambda, Honors Sorority, CCU Chapter
Capella Alumni Grant 2011
Outstanding and Loyal Employee Award, Erickson-Hall Construction Co.
Networking, LAN, BackOffice, Small Business Server
Certified A.C.T.S. Series Church Leadership Trainer
Microsoft Training Center, San Diego, CA
General Council AGC, San Diego, CA
Ashbaugh, M.L. (in press). Leadership from ID for Web 2.0 adoption: Appropriate use of emerging technologies in
online courses. In C. Wenkel & P. Blessinger (Eds.), Increasing Student Engagement and Retention in e-Learning
Environments: Web 2.0 and Blended Learning Technologies (Vol. 7). Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing Group.
Ashbaugh, M. L. (2012). Expert instructional designer voices: Leadership competencies critical to global practice and
quality learning designs. Presentation for the AECT October 2012 International Conference, Louisville, Kentucky,
Ashbaugh, M.L. (2011). Use of a Modified QM Rubric to Validate Qualitative Research. Presented at the Quality
Matters 2011 Conference Presentation in Baltimore, MD. Available at
Ashbaugh, M.L., & Pina, A. (2012). Design-thinking for engineering quality instructional design processes through
leadership thinking and modeling. Presented at the AECT July 2012 Research Symposium, Louisville, Kentucky,
Ashbaugh, M.L., & Pina, A. (in press). Improving instructional design processes through leadership competencies and
modeling. Proceedings of the AECT July 2012 Research Symposium, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
Hokanson, B., Gibbons, A., Boling, E., Cennamo, K., Korkmaz, N., & Ashbaugh, M. (2012). Educating the novice
designer. Panel discussion for the AECT October 2012 International Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
Pina, A., Harris, B., Bohn, L., & Ashbaugh, M.L. (2012). A faculty, instructional designer and administrator dialogue on
the continuing evolution of distance education. Panel discussion for the AECT October 2012 International Conference,
Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
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>> I am currently looking into how instructional designers’ practical choices from a leadership mindset impact the
domain of online learning. Moreover, I have explored how cutting edge technologies—Web 2.0, online studio-based
learning, mobile learning—demand exemplars of quality practice as well as mentors to pass on the vision and ideals
of distributed learning. The research fuels a passion I have for improving and elevating the quality and status of
online education and its designers.
>> A future project in the development stage will involve an international team exploring the association of leadership
competencies in use by instructional designers using variables including gender, culture, and generations.
Mentor/Academic Advisor
University of the People
Pasadena, CA
Teacher/Course Developer
Solid Rock High School, Littleton, CO
Guest teacher; developed syllabus, course structure and content; advised instructor.
Corporate Trainer, Manager
Various Organizations Denver, CO and San Diego, CA
Trained new staff and in-coming managers, developed training materials for multiple retail and construction
companies; wrote, trained on desk and task procedures.
Manager of software/hardware/systems training
Erickson-Hall Construction Co., Escondido, CA
Trained staff on all systems including office productivity and LAN communications.
Guest Lecturer
C L A Bible College, San Diego, CA
Developed syllabus and overall course structure; administered grades.
CE Director/ Teaching Staff Trainer/Developer/Teacher
Christian Life Assembly Church, Education Department
Staff position: Director of Department. Developed, coordinated, and instructed in teacher training program;
oversaw all educational aspects including curriculum selection for student body of over 200; recruited and
trained volunteer staff of over 80; instructed weekly interactive classes, mid-week youth personal
development, led retreats and missions trips; and scripted, directed musical dramas.
Teacher, Developer, Leader
Church Sponsored Sunday Schools in Colorado and California
Developed curriculum; trained volunteers; taught toddler, elementary, middle and secondary school age
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Introductory office productivity software course. An international online university (University of the
People) required a course to instruct in various programs for office functions utilizing only open source
resources and embedded web links. My design efforts provided instruction in concepts and functionality
through innovative learning connections and distributed options.
First Year Integration (FYI) hybrid course for undergraduate orientation and matriculation. This was a
foundational course for freshman entering the university life which served to introduce skills for success on
campus as well as in the online environment. Using the e-College course management system, I was able to
express my passion for mentoring students in the engaging learner-centered, cutting edge design.
Numerous multi-media creations including instructional videos, SecondLife for teaching history, and
interactive and engaging slideshows. Each instructional requirement was met with creativity and
relevance for appropriate application to the situation. Web 2.0 technologies integrated with traditional
strategies and learning management systems for engaging and effective outcomes.
Inmate online education program design for locked down prisons. With cooperation from prison
libraries and specialized internet securities teams, my tertiary education program design ensured prisoners
could find new opportunities for education, with potential for reduced recidivism.
Employee performance support system for a University of Colorado neuroscience lab. Scientists and
support staff were offered resolution to purchasing bottle-neck with the design of an innovative just-in-need
system with in-context descriptions and displays of complex instruments and supplies.
High school meth awareness course. Through a series of choices offered in an interactive Powerpoint
presentation/simulation, students would learn the consequences of an accumulation of choices that lead to
successful or poor outcomes. Reflection and critical-thinking were encouraged.
High school introduction to computing. A basic course was designed to instruct 21st century high school
students in the basics of computing adding depth to the functional use of application features. The onground class was enhanced by media-rich authentic task assignments.
Dr. Ashbaugh’s experience spans over 25 years in technology, implementation, and training for a wide range of
industries. Leadership positions in systems development, curriculum, and instruction for businesses and non-profits
provide foundation and add depth to her research goals—particularly for online higher academics. Always on the cutting
edge of technology, Marcia has built and managed LANs (local area networks); was involved in communications and security
protocols provisioning; was responsible for scaling up numerous systems; and, trained staff on integrated information
systems. More recently, as an instructional designer and researcher, Marcia is principal consultant and researcher for MLA
Instructional Designers. In the past she has held positions of Corporate Secretary, Board Advisor, and acting Controller.
Notable clients: distributors of Prime kitchen cabinets, Armstrong Flooring, and Ingersoll-Rand compressors.
Marcia served as Education Director, developed programs, trained instructors, teachers, and volunteers; lectured for
Bible College; directed Women’s Ministries; served as Financial Manager, Board Member, Church Leadership Trainer;
developed city-wide children’s programs; participated in foreign missions, dramas, music, and fundraisers; designed
curriculum and programs for Toddler/Preschool, Primary, Secondary Education; mentored youth and adults.
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Marcia has owned three additional small businesses in the past 30 years: (1) a construction accounting and tax
preparation service (specialized in manual to computer systems conversions), (2) a sales and consultancy firm for church
and church school accounting/membership/student support software, trained church staff, and (3) a real estate and
property investment company.
University of the People, Pasadena, CA
Mentor/academic advisor
Instructional designer
>Following completion of a design project for
one of the introduction to online academic life
courses, a position was accepted for
mentoring/advising matriculating students from
over 130 nations.
MLA & Associates, Front Range, CO
Erickson-Hall Constr. Co., Escondido CA
Financial and IS/IT Manager
Real estate property investment business specializing in
rehabilitation of older homes for future rental or sale.
accounting and IT systems and employees for San
Diego area general contractor. Client list included
San Diego City Schools and US Navy
Accomplishments include:
>Development of a small business plan
>Project and staff management
>Creatively designed and managed cost
accounting and financial reports
CLA Church, San Diego, CA
Children’s Education Director/Bible College Instructor
UMA Engineering, El Centro CA
Office/Finance Manager
>Directed all children’s ministries Birth – H.S. (200+)
>Developed curriculum
>Managed classrooms and facilities
>Managed accounting and administrative functions
for US field office of large Canadian based firm
(client: Metropolitan Water District, Los Angeles
>Recruited and trained teachers and aides (80+)
>Taught P - 12 classes
> Instructed Bible College Interns
>Merged main frame proprietary systems with
local LAN for client/project management
>Conducted training on systems
>Developed desk/task procedures not previously
in company existence
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Focus on the Family, Pomona, CA
Accounting Dept. Manager
>Managed accounting department for multi-million dollar
international non-profit
>Provided fund accounting and budget analysis
support for all projects, radio stations, book
publishing royalties
>Trained department employees
>Consolidated proprietary accounting server with IBM400
system containing donor base of over 1 million and restructured AP system
>Detected errors in mainframe computer codes
and reports, recovered over $300,000 in overpaid
sales/use taxes
*Gap in Employment Note: Having a special needs daughter, there have been gaps in formal employment/teaching
as I pursued advanced degrees in the online domain. The experience taught me more than coursework could ever do
about the challenges and needs of adult distance learners.
Academic & Community Volunteer Work
University of the People
Instructional Designer/Mentor
ISTE 2010 Conference, Denver
Assisted presenters
AECT 2011 Convention, Jacksonville
Conference Volunteer
AECT D&D, Distance Learning, Research & Theory
Division Proposal Reviewer
HETL Book Chapter Reviewer
Private tutor, pro-bono, for underserved families
Over 25 years volunteer teaching, curricular designs, program oversight for church groups, accounting,
administrative, and leadership tasks
 Community and school events volunteer; provide food for homeless, other families
AECT (Design & Development, Research & Theory, Distance Learning Divisions)
Alpha Sigma Lambda, CCU Chapter
e-Learning Guild
e-World Group
LinkedIn groups (ID Designers, ID & Curriculum Writers, ID & e-Learning Professionals, Online Faculty, Higher
Education Teaching & Learning)
Recent Conferences
AECT 2012 4th Annual Research Symposium, Louisville, KY
The 3rd Annual Quality Matters Conference 2011, Baltimore, MD
AECT International Conference 2011, Jacksonville, FL
ISTE 2010 Denver, Colorado
VALS 2011 Leadership Summit, Denver, CO
Chick-Fil-A Leadercast 2011, Castle Rock, CO
Future Conferences
 AECT International Conference 2012, Louisville, KY
(accepted presenter and panel discussant)
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 ~ Won Local Spelling Bee at age of 6 over 6th grade competitors, placed 4th in Regionals at age 7 (over 8th graders),
subsequently received letter of recognition from President Dwight D. Eisenhower
 ~ Set school records in 8 grade PE competition: running long jump and 50-yd. dash
 ~ Inducted into Honor Society in 9th grade in spite of a ‘D’ in PE (what a difference a year makes!)
 ~ Won multiple Journalism awards in Denver city-wide competition
 ~ Got lost in San Felipe, Mexico
 ~ Got lost in Paris, France
 ~ Does not admit to getting lost in US!
 ~ Climbed Longs Peak in Colorado Rockies (14K + feet) at age 22 (made up for the ‘D’ in PE!)
 ~ Jigsaw puzzle fanatic
 ~ Lived and educated in England for three years
 ~ Educational tour to France chaperoning high school French class
 ~ Business trips to Canada and Mexico
 ~ Missions trip to Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Mexico
~ Lunched with Tamrat Layne, ex-Prime Minister and Defence Minister of Ethiopia (in the US)
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