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Melissa Falldin | Digital Education and Innovation

Melissa Falldin, Instructional Designer

What did you want to do or be when you were eight years old?
A female Indiana Jones


If you weren’t doing what you do today, what other job would you have?
National Park Ranger


If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?
In the woods, near a lake


What are 3 things we probably don’t know about you?


  • I was a Navy Sea Cadet, Go Navy!
  • I am a homebrewer and have made my own beer, wine and mead for over 15 years
  • I starting to swim competitively at age 7 and coached both swimming and synchronized swimming throughout college


What’s the most unusual thing in your desk drawer or office?
My plans to build a teardrop trailer


What’s the most unusual place you have visited?
A gravestone in the middle of a highway




Melissa has been involved in education within public and charter K-12 settings, community education, corporate training environments, and higher education for nearly twenty years. She has also enjoyed teaching and developing curricula as a consultant with small educational endeavors. In particular, Melissa’s work focuses on education technologies.


Melissa is an alum of the University of Minnesota,  and received her M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of North Dakota.


Melissa has received the C. Eugene Allen Award for Innovative International Initiatives (2015) and the Minnesota eLearning Summit Excellence Awards (2016) for her work on the Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Pilot.

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