Maikel Alendy is currently the Learning Design Innovation Manager with FIU Online. With degrees from the University of Florida and Florida International University in the fields of neuroscience, cultural anthropology, healthcare, and business; his main research interests and publications are in cardiovascular molecular biology, aging, social media, anthropology, and online pedagogy. Within FIU’s honors college Maikel teaches the fully-online course Digital Fairytale; merging social movements, disruptive technologies, and business trends with a dash of neuropsychology. He is also an instructor for the hybrid course Power of Play, in which students examine the importance of play throughout their lifetime and partner with Sweetwater Elementary to design games for K-5 students. Maikel is the Chief Design Officer for a digital consulting company based in Miami and serves on the board of VirtueCo, which provides art programs and resources for underserved youth in South Florida, the Caribbean, and Latin America.