Lois Emanuelli works at an international non-profit, where she maintains the tech support and training for the organization’s proprietary content management system (CMS).
“We have over 130 websites and serve a larger community of 157 member federations and 300 network communities,” Emanuelli says.
When she began the Learning Technologies program, she was interested in developing a more comprehensive training program and support portal for members. She eventually focused her capstone on that.
Since she graduated, Emanuelli’s employer decided to create a completely new CMS.
“Thanks to my degree, I've been involved in the project from the very beginning,” Emanuelli says. “It's been fascinating to watch something as complex as our new proprietary system develop. My background in Learning Technologies has allowed me substantial input into the process, and I had a large impact on the direction we're heading in.”
Emanuelli, who is based in New York City, says that her experience gained throughout the Learning Technologies program directly contributed to a recent promotion. In addition to her current duties, she will now be in charge of a new online learning initiative that stretches across the entire organization.
“The best part about the program,” Emanuelli says, “was how immediately applicable my class material was to my work. I regularly incorporated my assignments into my workplace, and my classes served as inspiration in developing new ideas for our training program.”
Emmanuelli says her professors went the extra mile to help her reach her goals, her advisor was always available, and she enjoyed learning with her peers so much, she’s kept in touch with many of them (some as far away as Austria) using social media tools.
“From start to finish, I had all the support I needed to be successful,” Emanuelli says. “Online classes require a lot of discipline and focus; having it all so well organized made it much easier.
As for future plans, Emanuelli enjoys working with adult learners and doing online training and teaching and would like to continue that.