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Melissa Venable, Ph.D.

Principal Writer and Online Education Advisor
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  • Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction — Instructional Technology, University of South Florida
  • MSA Administration, Central Michigan University
  • M.Ed. Instructional Psychology and Technology, University of Oklahoma
  • BA Psychology, Wake Forest University

Melissa A. Venable, Ph.D., has 15 years of experience in online education as an instructional designer, curriculum manager, and adjunct professor. She is also a certified career coach. Her work in higher education began in career services working with undergraduate and graduate students as a career development specialist and academic advisor.

She currently teaches online courses at Saint Leo University and provides continuing education support for the National Career Development Association, where she also serves as the editor of Career Developments magazine. As a principal writer at BestColleges, Melissa leads an annual research initiative reporting trends in online education, student demographics, and career planning.


Jun 30, 2021

EdTech Focus on Higher Education: Key Trends to Understand for Successful Online Courses, Q&A

Melissa Venable, an online education adviser and course designer, shares her insights on what successful online and hybrid courses have…

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May 27, 2021

CBS 17, Raleigh, NC: Half of workers lack direction in their career

Melissa Venable is an education advisor who told CBS 17 the struggle for some people is to understand the skills…

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Apr 16, 2021

Wake Up With Cheddar: 95% of College Students Experiencing Mental Health Distress Due to Pandemic

As many as 95% of college students report experiencing mental health issues related to this pandemic, and 48% say that…

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Mar 31, 2021

Bloomberg Quicktake: Only 31% of College Students Think Campuses Should be Open

Quicktake By the Numbers, where we let the data tell the story. Today's number is 31%. In a sign of…

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Read Melissa's Latest Articles

Alternative Education Pathways Report

November 22, 2022
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Online Education and Mega-Universities: Factors to Consider

December 14, 2022
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