Live & In-Person Courses

I have been a professional educator and curriculum-builder since 2000, teaching undergraduate and graduate students at universities and via master classes and workshops in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Learn more about how I help organizations and individuals through in-person, online, and hybrid training solutions here. (PDF)

In person and online courses

Universities & Organizations I’ve Taught For Include:


Kristen Palana
World Food Programme
Mastrius Mentor, Kristen Palana
World Health Organization
World Food Programme

Located in Myanmar (2016-2019) and Malawi (since 2019), I’ve worked closely with international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), The British High Commission, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Food Programme (WFP), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), The Public Relations Society of Malawi, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), The Australian High Commission, and others to build local capacity and help train and empower national staff to communicate effectively and tell their own stories through a variety of media.

From 2017-2019 I taught ICT at Thalun International School in Yangon and was recently Associate Professor of Digital Media at American University of Myanmar (2016-2018). I’m also formerly a tenured core faculty member at The American University of Rome (2006-2016) where I co-founded and directed its Film and Digital Media Program. View my CV for more on my teaching history.

Since 2014 I have taught thousands of online students via online platforms as well as through the UN-mandated University, The University For Peace in Costa Rica. I currently offer LIVE interactive sessions of Web Presence & Social Media Marketing for Creatives. Learn more. See my other self-paced video online courses here.

I offer an in-depth 5-Step Framework to benefit artists and idealists (educators, humanitarians, healthcare workers, and those trying to make a difference.)

5 Step Growth Garden for Artists and Idealists- Kristen Palana


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Liberty Center -Lilongwe, Malawi

Web, Social Media, Art & Design Courses 2023

website and social media growth accelerator Lilongwe



  • 3-Day Intensive- Social Media, Marketing and Online Presence (November 7-9, 2023) –Class Resources

Past Courses

  • 3-Day Intensive- Website & Social Media Growth Accelerator- Intermediate (Oct. 24-26, 2023)
  • 3-Day Intensive- Social Media, Marketing and Online Presence (September 12-14, 2023)
  • 3-Day Intensive- Social Media, Marketing and Online Presence (June 13-15, 2023)
  • 12-Session Social Media, Marketing and Online Presence (May/June 2023)


UNFPA Malawi Digital Media Accelerator Training: 2021-2022

digital media accelerator graduates Malawi UNFPA









American University of Myanmar (& Consultancies): 2016-2019

The American University of Rome Classes: 2006-2016


  • Introduction to Mass Media (COM100)
  • The Computer as a Media Tool (FDM215)
  • Media Technology (FDM217)
  • Digital Imaging (FAFD241)
  • Introduction to the TV Commercial (FDMK306)
  • Web Graphics, Coding, and Site Design (FDM319)|
  • Animation, Editing, and Special Effects (FDM316)
  • Interactive Online Media (FDM407)
  • Media, Art, and Social Activism (COM408)
  • Digital Multimedia Tools and Practices (FDM515)
Digital Media Training at Thalun International School. Yangon, Myanmar

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