About Me

Intrigued by how to effectively train the trainer keeps me motivated to actively explore the world of learning and all the possibilities it has to offer. Whether online or in a traditional classroom, I seek to engage the learner in by helping the developer create motivating courses and real-world assessments. Additionally, I labor to inspire leadership to champion deep learning by providing faculty the resources necessary for quality course development. This requires buy-in and strong leadership ability as well as instructional design skills.

I welcome all challenges, both big and small. I never plan to slow down, to be satisfied with the status quo, to just do “my job.” I’m a sled dog, but I laugh easily. I am happy working alone or in a team. I look up and beyond, which is probably why I trip on things. I am a self- learner, a MOOC junkie, and a badge evangelist.



M.Ed. Instructional Technology and Design, Kent State University (KSU)
Currently enrolled in Ed.S program (Educational Specialist) for Higher Education at KSU
BA, Mars Hill College, North Carolina


Instructional Designer, Kent State University, January 2014 to present

IE LOGOMy experience at Kent has been creative and broad. I work with faculty on Online courses for master’s programs. In addition, I have extended my excitement for this university to reaching more students through individual modules, such as First Year Experience, library modules on plagiarism, and Online orientations that are offered online to thousands of students.

Course Design and Development

  • Designed and developed 4 learning sections (shorter than modules) on Learning Foundations with Dr. John Dunlosky, Kent’s world renowned scholar on learning. The College of Arts and Sciences implemented these sections within all First Year Experience (FYE) courses. These sections are also available to the entire university’s faculty to use in their courses. In 2017 this module is offered via Blackboard to all FYE instructors.
  • Produced an Online Student Orientation for the University College FYE available to all faculty. In this extensive project developed in Blackboard, I directed video shoots, developed content, worked with many Kent faculty, and supervised the entire course design. It required liaison with many faculty and staff throughout the Kent campus.
  • Produced a module on How to Create a Literature Review with a subject matter expert (SME) and other stakeholders in the university. This module is available via Blackboard for all Kent State faculty.
  • Plagiarism is a problem in most academic subjects. Along with the SMEs from the KSU library, I produced a module on Plagiarism. This module via Blackboard discusses how to avoid plagiarism, citations, policy and consequences. It also includes self testing and is available for all Kent State faculty to use in their courses.
  • Along with the transfer Kent State director, I produced an orientation (flipped model) for transfer students. This orientation developed in Blackboard is used as an orientation for incoming transfer students prior to their arrival at Kent for the face-to-face orientation. This extensive project required liaison with the Bursar’s office, Financial Aid, GPS, Advising and others.
  • Facilitate developers by helping them bringing their courses Online, often including course development and content development. My specialty is creating authentic assessments including examples, templates, rubrics, etc.
  • I have also created orientations for Academic Diversity Outreach, Academic Engagement and Degree Completion, College Credit Plus, Adult and Veteran Services.


  • Assisted three developers to design and submit their courses to the Blackboard Exemplary Course program for the College of Public Health. All three developers’ courses attained the Exemplary Course Award.



  • Taught Designing Your Online Course online workshop
  • Taught 15week Instructional Technology course to pre-service teachers. This class was a traditional face to face course with many components within Blackboard, Kent’s learning management system (LMS).
  • Facilitated discussion on “flipped classroom” and “Designing PowerPoints for Learning” for the Center of Teaching and Learning.
  • Assisted with FYE exploratory class and Common Reading Program.

Learning Objects

Sr. Instructional Designer, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), Cleveland, OH, 2012–Jan 2014

At Tri-C I led initiatives for designing MOOCS and created faculty training, such as course accessibility. I worked with instructors to make interesting and well-designed courses, both face to face and online. I also worked with staff to spread their reach online.

  • Lead for the design, development, and delivery of one of the first massive open online courses (MOOC) ever designed and delivered by a community college and for a community college audience. Tri-C’s MOOC was also the first MOOC in the nation to earn Quality MattersTM (QM) recognition through QM’s Continuing & Professional Education Program.
  • Assisted faculty in designing and developing courses for enhanced student centered learning. For example, the instructor for the Veterinary Medicine course and I redesigned his class into a “flipped” classroom When the instructor came to me, he said it was so boring that even he didn’t like to go to class. Yet the content is mandated by the test students have to take to dispense veterinary medicine. The instructor, Dr. John Thomas, said, “The classroom environment was so vibrant as to be almost unrecognizable. Student outcomes on course exams were significantly improved, and overall, student evaluations indicated a high level of satisfaction with the experience. So this collaboration truly transformed and revitalized this class in a way that could not have been achieved otherwise.”
  • Designed and developed a resume course and a test prep course that creatively used an outside learning management system (CourseSites) in order for the community to be able to take the course. Branded and designed all collateral materials for ease of use with online learning.
  • Designed and developed an Accessibility workshop and a Teaching for Online Learning workshop for faculty in Blackboard. From one of the instructors taking the course, “The Accessibility Course has opened my eyes to the importance of assistive technology and universal design best practices. I have gained a greater appreciation for ways to adapt individual courses with these concepts in mind. Overall, it was an experience that far surpassed my expectations!”
  • Delivered workshops in Quality Matters

Nestor Education LLC, Ashland, OH, 1990–2011 (21 years)

I stepped into the world of education by working with publishers of educational content. My job as a compositor was to take the editorial content, the design, and the images and place them into a document that when finished, would go straight to press as a textbook. In this position, I learned the importance of detail, the power of great customer service, and the diligence of a strong work ethic.

  • Used comprehensive knowledge of graphic design for print, digital and press publishing processes, concepts, and techniques, such as digital page makeup, style sheets, image scanning, digital photo manipulation, clipping paths, pre-press preparation of files as a preferred vendor for the McGraw-Hill Companies. Led other vendors working as a team to produce a complete line of math textbooks for the McGraw-Hill Companies.
  • As a McGraw-Hill preferred vendor I was commissioned to conduct an Adobe InDesign workshop for the faculty at the University of Michigan in conjunction with the National Science Foundation.
  • Designed and developed books and catalogs for Bookmasters Distributing.
    Produced brochures, mall directories, and other marketing materials for malls nationwide in the United States.
  • Designed and developed the Maritime Magazine, published by the Virginia Port Authority.
  • Published internal catalog and managed direct mail, increasing sales by 150%.



Nestor, M.(October 16, 2015). Digital badge systems for professional development. Connect. http://www.nten.org/article/digital-badge-systems-for-professional-development/

Oakley, B., Poole, D., & Nestor, M. (2016). Creating a sticky MOOC. Journal Of Asynchronous Learning Network, 20(1), 12p.

Professional Certifications, Certificates, and Training

  • IE LOGOInstitute for Excellence: (2016/2017) Kent State’s leadership program is one of the top fifteen in the country and offers a unique curriculum for administrators and individual contributors to develop the social/emotional skills deemed most important for leaders by the Center for Creative Leadership.
  • Peer Reviewer Course: This certificate is for Quality Matters training, specifically practicing critiques and writing helpful recommendations.
  • Continuing and Professional Education Reviewer Certification: This certification allows me to review continuing and professional courses for QM
  • Crucial Conversations: This two day workshop dealt with relationships and having important conversations with others.

Instructional Design

In this very short video, below, I explain the role as an instructional designer.

In the video, below, I explain Alignment and Backward Design as it relates to course design.

The video, below, describes how and why to create a rubric. I created the script, the video, and provided the voice-over. Illustrations by Carl E. Nestor.

The video below explains how instructional designers can help with course build.


These videos are various multimedia examples.

I created this video as an assignment for the Learning to Learn course on Coursera. The information and tips in this video were taken from the Learning How to Learn MOOC. This MOOC, developed by Barbara Oakley, and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski can be found here: https://www.coursera.org/course/learning

This podcast is an interview with a Kuwaiti.

This multimedia video is a lesson on creating canes.

This video is actually photos using the ken burns effect.

PowerPoint Instruction

This videos focus on designing PowerPoint slides for learning. Although it is possible to present a PowerPoint presentation for entertainment only, the goal of PowerPoint presentations is usually to express an idea or information to an audience. As presenters our intent is that our audience will make sense of and remember the information we provide. In the educational setting, we are hoping that they will learn something. Therefore, we are, or should be, interested in creating PowerPoint presentations that help our audience learn.

There are two hurdles in meeting our goal of effective PowerPoint presentations. The first one is breaking away from what we have always done and have always seen and embracing the empirical evidence of researchers who tell us to design our presentations differently. Change isn’t easy.

The video, below, provides information on creating a powerful PowerPoint presentation. Many faculty provide this video to their students when assessing PowerPoint assignments.

The information on principles in the below videos relies heavily on the books eLearning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning by Ruth Colvin Clark and Richard E. Meyer and the book, Graphics for Learning: Proven Guidelines for Planning, Designing, and Evaluating Visuals in Training Materials, by Ruth Colvin Clark and Chopeta Lyons. If you are interested in learning more, I highly recommend you read these sources.

The second hurdle is to learn to design well, or at least better. This can be a stretch for non-designers, but there are some tricks to make our presentations professional. In the video, below, I will attempt to show you how.