Information Services - Research/Digital

Melanie Hoag

Instructional Technologist

Areas of expertise

Explore and experiment with different technologies in how they can be integrated into courses, the classroom experience, research tools and other academic endeavors with the main purpose to enhance the student's university experience.

Actively seek out open source and online, non-commercial alternatives to proprietary and commercial software.

Southwestern University uses Moodle as a Learning Management System for courses and as a Content Management System for a wide range services that support student, academic and administrative needs. Installed, configure, and maintain Moodle and teach hands-on workshops about Moodle.

New Paradigm Initiative [PDF]

ACS Explores Online Collaboration in Chinese Studies [PDF]


Ph.D., Drexel University 1986


Instructional Technologist
Southwestern University
April 01, 2004 - present

Manager, Servers and Support
Texas Office of the Comptroller
September 01, 2002 - March 01, 2004

Technical Instructor
Productivity Point International
September 01, 2002 - May 01, 1994
Certified Technical Instructor for Novell, Microsoft and Linux server operating systems and Network Technologies

Vice President, Dir. Development
Bliss Interactive Technologies
May 01, 1987 - May 01, 1994
Apple Certified Developer and responsible for all development projects.

Software Development Lead
Drexel University
January 01, 1982 - May 01, 1989
Led educational software development teams for Macintosh computers. Drexel University was an alpha and beta test and development site for Macintosh academic software and was the leader in university developed higher education software.

Professional Work


  • Linux for Dummies 4th Edition; Dee-Ann LeBlanc, Melanie Hoag, Evan Blomquist; Wiley Publishing Inc., 2003
  • Installing and Configuring Web Servers Using Apache; Melanie Hoag; Wiley Publishing Inc., 2002
  • Linux for Dummies 3rd Edition; Dee-Ann LeBlanc, Melanie Hoag, Evan Blomquist; Wiley Publishing Inc., 2001
  • Exam Cram for Service and Support CNE; Melanie Hoag; The Coriolis Group, 1999
  • Exam Cram for Advanced NetWare 5 Administration CNE; Melanie Hoag; The Coriolis Group, 1999


Created credits and assisted in production of "Drexel Microcomputing Project", a documentary about the introduction of micro computers [Macintosh] at Drexel University in 1984.


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