Miko Nino

Instructional Design & Training Manager in Blacksburg, Virginia

Miko is a training, development, and e-learning professional. Currently, he is the Instructional Design & Training Manager at Virginia Tech. He is also completing his Ph.D. in Instructional Design & Technology at Virginia Tech. He is the current President of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Valleys of Virginia Chapter.

Prior to Virginia Tech, he worked and collaborated with organizations such as Johns Hopkins Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Special Olympics, Marriott International, and others.

As a practitioner, he has coached and trained faculty members in best pedagogical practices and the use of technologies to enhance learning. He has designed and developed a wide variety of instructional materials and facilitated training in areas such as online course quality, 21st century assessments, digital game-based learning, intercultural training, flipped classroom strategies, and others. He has also conducted training needs analysis for a wide variety of organizations in order to improve human performance.

As a researcher, his interests include digital game-based learning, learning theories in instructional design, professional development for faculty and graduate students, STEM education, international education, and enhancing 21st century skills through instructional design best practices. He was one of the members of the Learning Transformation Research Group, funded by National Science Foundation (NSF), which designed and developed digital learning games for K-12 students. In addition, he was one of the members of the PROMISE Pathways: Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, another NSF-funded program, focused on professional development for underrepresented students in STEM fields.

Miko has been to more than 25 countries and 100 cities around the world. He speaks Spanish, English, French, Italian, and Portuguese. He is also a Certified Public Translator, conference interpreter, and copywriter.


B.A. International Business, Lindenwood University

M.A. Instructional Systems Development, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Ph.D. Instructional Design & Technology, Virginia Tech (currently enrolled)


Design and Application of Digital Game-based Learning (DGBL) and Gamification in Instruction,

  • Work
    • Virginia Tech