Melinda Sota, Ph.D.

Melinda Sota, Ph.D.

Dr. Melinda Sota is an instructional designer with more than 10 years experience designing instruction for both K-12 and adult learners.

She has contributed to the design of both commercial and grant-funded programs, including the CODiE award-winning Headsprout Reading Comprehension. While at Headsprout, she led the design of an iPad program to teach pitch and melody to preschool learners and an interactive whiteboard series teaching science concepts and principles to elementary and middle school learners. As an independent consultant, she has contributed to several projects, including an NIH-funded training game for emergency responders.

Dr. Sota has experience and expertise in all aspects of the instructional design process, with a particular focus on content analysis and formative evaluation. The majority of her design work has been on programs delivered via computers, tablets, and interactive whiteboards. As a result, she has many years’ experience contributing to and leading cross-functional teams that include subject matter experts, editors, programmers, graphic artists, and sound engineers.

Dr. Sota holds an M.A. in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University, a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems from Florida State University, and was an Institute for Education Sciences (IES) Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oregon’s Center on Teaching and Learning.

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