Instructional designer, product manager, people instructor, and passionate learner.
Committed to learning excellence.
I currently live in Dallas, Texas with my husband of 27 years and two terriers Cooper and Ollie. I would like to say that the humans run the household but that would be untrue and they know it.
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What I love most about instructional design is the process of building content and seeing first-hand the results of a well-built program that the learner can apply at work, or for a personal goal, and it is a meaningful and positive experience. As an instructional designer, designing learning means the learner is the center of all design. I have attended my fair share of face-to-face and online training and wondered what was the purpose? Why was I required to take that course? Did I even learn anything that I can use?
As an instructional designer, creating learning means understanding the learner, and what they need to learn, by having them be the center of project analysis, design, and development. Time is an expensive commodity so instruction must be purposeful but also enjoyable and that comes from understanding how people learn best to optimize their learning experience.
I had never heard of instructional design, let alone that there is a science behind how training and instruction is created. It wasn’t something that was in the forefront of my mind when attending training. Training was either good or bad with not much in-between.
How I got here with a Master’s of Science in Learning Technology started with a undergraduate class in multimedia development. My arrival in an undergraduate class was an unplanned learning journey and it happened something like this:
- I worked for a Fortune 100 healthcare company for a number of years as a software trainer and people manager. The industry experienced a downturn that impacted jobs and I decided to accept a voluntary severance package.
- I loved training others and seeing first-hand how learning could positively impact the workplace. But to move forward in my new chapter I needed to complete my undergraduate degree. I traveled most of my career during a time where online learning was just coming of age so leaving a job I loved actually opened a different door.
- At Midwestern State University a professor peaked my interest in instructional design and that is when I decided to keep going with my education and was accepted at the University of North Texas.
- Reflecting over the last few years and my career, it dawned on me that as a software trainer I had in fact been creating instruction as a training designer. Now with my master’s degree in learning technologies, I am better equipped to develop learning that is measurable, meaningful, and process-driven.
My other passions are volunteering and escaping the Texas heat. For the past eight years and counting, I spend time every week at a local animal shelter and have made so many life-long friendships. As an adoption counselor it is so heartwarming to see an animal find their fur-ever family.
We head to the mountains every August and have been trying to visit as many national parks as possible. We love to hike and take in all that our national parks have to offer.
Our last visit was to beautiful Glacier National Park. Saying it is breathtaking is an understatement.
Learning is a journey. Be curious.