Melissa DeWitt brings her professional experience in instructional design, librarianship, teaching, and editing to her teaching at University College. She is passionate about creating inclusive and engaging learning experiences for adult learners.
Melissa earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Denver.
As an instructional designer for University College, Melissa designs, develops, and manages course projects for multiple programs across various modalities. The design process involves implementation of theories, collaboration with subject matter experts, experimentation with ed-tech tools, and creation of e-learning courses in the learning management system, with the end goal of crafting innovative and engaging learning experiences for diverse student populations.
Melissa was previously an academic librarian at Regis University, collaborating with faculty across disciplines to create and facilitate information literacy instruction for students across the globe. In this role, she cultivated a deep understanding of information literacy and research methodologies, provided research support to students, and engaged in projects to support campus research activity.
Melissa’s teaching experience spans a variety of subjects, including information literacy, instructional design, writing and composition, research methodology, and culminating capstone courses. She strives to connect students with relevant resources in their field and is available via email and Zoom meetings to provide support. Her teaching philosophy involves using a student-centered and care ethics-based approach so students feel comfortable expressing who they are, making mistakes, learning new things, and interacting with new people.