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Thomas Nechodomu | Digital Education and Innovation

Thomas Nechodomu, Instructional Designer

If you weren’t doing what you do today, what other job would you have?
I would be a barista, passionately experimenting with coffee and brewing techniques.  I’d like to believe that I could revolutionize the coffee world with my mind-blowing baristaness.

What book(s) are you reading?
My current book is “The Book of Lost Tales” which is the second book in the 12-part series, “The History of Middle-Earth” by Christopher Tolkien. I’m currently on an epic 22-book reading adventure to explore every nook and cranny of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth.

What’s the most unusual place you have visited?
While wandering around the Old City of Jerusalem, my husband and I learned about a little-known stairway through several cramped old chapels that led us to the roof of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  The roof of the church is the home to a small community of Ethiopian Orthodox Monks that were kicked out of their chapels in the Church in 1838.  Their community moved to the the rooftop of the Holy Sepulchre and surrounding buildings and created a surreal wandering maze-like world where they still worship to this day above the holy site.


Thomas has been involved in the education of adults for over 15 years and has extensive experience in teaching, curriculum development, instructional design, and academic technology. As an instructional designer, Thomas’s practice is informed by his passion for learning, his expertise in adult learning theory and sound pedagogy, and his deeply–held belief that breaking traditional teaching models leads to new, exciting, and engaging paths to learning.  He received his M.A. in Education from the University of Minnesota in 2009 and have been working as an Instructional Designer in the College of Education + Human Development since 2013.  In this position, he has had the opportunity to work on innovative projects like the Treks faculty development program, The Changing Story, and Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL). Thomas is passionate about his job because he is passionate about education and lifelong learning.

“He who does not know can know from learning”
-wisdom of the Ashanti

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