I am an Instructional Designer with strong project coordination skills developed as a result of 10+ years providing increasingly complex administrative and project management support. As an instructional designer, I collaborate with various teams to develop and execute blended learning strategies.
As a Curriculum Developer @SageNAmerica: I use a variety of multi-media technologies to develop targeted learning resources designed to cultivate a learning culture with the ultimate goal of improving performance. I develop overall instructional strategy documents, job aids (i.e. quick reference guides, detailed technical process documents) and eLearning videos designed to strengthen soft skills and technical skills.
Higher education at @GSU_Perimeter: My diverse experience in higher education has developed within me a great respect for the long-term multifaceted strategy required to sustain engagement within a learning organization. In a previous administrative support role at Georgia Perimeter College, I utilized a variety of instructional, project management, and social media technologies to engage faculty, staff, and students with curricular & extracurricular activities. After leaving that full-time role to focus on curriculum development, I was given the opportunity to continue my work at the college as an adjunct instructor – delivering online and face-to-face instruction on two of my favorite topics: research strategies and technology. A primary objective of the course is to introduce students to tools that will encourage them to start early – publishing their writing and other creative work, as well as purposefully managing their online presence. The focus on research helps students to develop, strengthen, and respect their voice as they begin making contributions to the ever growing body of knowledge related to their chosen field.
Open online education @udemy: I developed and facilitate the ABCs of Instructional Design open online course. I initially developed the course concept in grad school. My objective was to introduce & model the application of basic instructional design principles. The latest “shiny toy” or new technology can tend to overshadow well researched and applied instructional design principles. My goal is to help online instructors think about the instructional design process in a more manageable way. Many times, I have considered retiring this course because I haven’t had as much time as I would like to update the learner resources. However, I continue to receive communications from educators (around the world) taking the course that value the content and have been able to use it as a basis of developing their own, perhaps more relevant resources. That for me, is the true value of open online resources.
What lies ahead: I look forward to a much greater involvement in researching best practices related to successfully facilitating and strengthening learning communities, strategic content curation within the communities, as well as utilizing nanodegrees to motivate employees and improve workplace performance.
What drives me: I literally lose sleep strategizing about how to connect the overabundance of information stored in the knowledge base of most learning organizations to learners in a variety of formats, in the right size (preferably bite-sized), and just at the right time!