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Office of Instructional Design

The Office of Instructional Design creates online and hybrid courses through PLNU's learning management system, Canvas. We work closely with faculty, program directors, and other subject matter experts to provide students with engaging content that meets best practices and standards in higher education.

Instructional Design Team

Donna Marvel
Director of Instructional Design and Curriculum Development

Bernard Johnson
Instructional Designer/Course Developer

Christopher Sanchez
Instructional Designer/Course Developer

John McAteer
Instructional Designer/Course Developer

Susy Iribe
Instructional Designer/Course Developer

Jane Palencia
Associate Instructional Designer/Course Developer

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Video: Through the Eyes of an Instructional Designer

PLNU Instructional Design Mission Statement

To Create ~ To Support ~ to Engage

The Instructional Design team at Point Loma Nazarene University exists to support the design of student-centered, compliant, current and accessible content unique to diverse programs and populations. 

We strive to create content that will transform lives through faith-based integration.

We align content to program outcomes implementing both formative and summative assessments to produce a rigorous and dynamic experience. We collaborate with academic departments across the university to fulfill PLNU’s mission: To teach, to shape, to send.

Location and Hours

Mission Valley Regional Center
4007 Camino Del Rio S. Suite 203
San Diego, CA 92108

Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Additional consultation times are available upon request.

Contact Us

Office of Instructional Design

Donna Marvel
Email: dmarvel@pointloma.edu
Phone: (619) 519-5863

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