I am an activator improving human experiences through education and events seeking new and exciting projects. My calling has always been creating solutions that capitalize on opportunities. Whether through developing a training solution, mentorship, coaching, building a new website, or producing an event my mission has always been to identify gaps and generate the best systemic solution possible.
am a growth-minded learning experience design professional with a background in cognitive anthropology, technology, commercial film production, multimedia development, operations management, business analysis, small business management, and TEDx event organization.
On the LX Design grid, I combine long term study in the areas of cognitive psychology, experiential learning, teaching, instructional design, user experience design (including storytelling), and graphic design (including video) to offer a well rounded interdisciplinary approach to curriculum development, instructional design and supportive
MA -Informational and Learning Technologies – eLearning Design and Implementation
I was fortunate to have attended one of the most vigorous and well documented online programs available. The program presented by the Department of Education at the University of Colorado, Denver is grounded in the development of the following competencies. Click on the learn more button to view the Rubric my work was held against. I continue to strive to hold myself to the bar of Exceeding Expectation.
- Reflective practice. Adopt a critical stance toward your work, promoting effective practice and responsible use of technology.
- Build on previous experiences and existing literature as you critically reflect on your own practice
- Promote digital citizenship and responsible use of technology
- Demonstrate fully engaged human presence
- Equity, access, and social justice – help all learners succeed, especially those historically marginalized or lacking access
- Cultivate awareness of emerging trends and conditions in the field, to accurately weigh costs and benefits, forecast futures, and manage risk
- Ethical practice – maintain the highest professionalism in work and learning settings (including ILT Values)
- Technology. Become competent and confident in the use of various tools and technologies, related to learning, communication, and making things.
- Be confident and competent in devices, platforms, and online tools and resources
- Be a self-directed, lifelong learner of new technologies
- Identify areas for new learning and grow your expertise in those targeted areas
- Learning and instruction. Drawing on learning and instructional theory, create instruction with well-aligned outcomes, activities, and assessments.
- Use a procedural model (e.g, ADDIE or SAM) to guide planning, implementing, and evaluative functions
- Ensure that outcomes, activities, and assessments are aligned for well-balanced, validated instruction
- Use theories of learning and instruction to help frame learning needs and guide design decisions
- Creative and social media. Demonstrate proficiency with tools, platforms, and environments in the creation of media resources for learning and knowledge construction.
- Apply visual, graphic, and multimedia design principles (e.g., CARP, visual thinking, message design)
- Experience design (XD) – Design quality learning experiences that fully engage and challenge learners
- Apply principles of social learning, open sharing, and knowledge construction
- Support learners in making their own resources
- Inquiry and change. Engage in systematic processes of inquiry and change.
- In collaboration with others and within time/resource constraints, complete an inquiry project designed to improve professional practice
- Participate in planning and/or execution of a change strategy
- Support top-down or bottom-up innovations, emphasizing openness, participation, and empowerment
- Professional learning and leadership. Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and leadership within the profession.
- Engage colleagues, peers, and students in creating and sharing knowledge
- Create a stable and visible professional presence online
- Contribute to professional learning networks as a collaborator, co-creator, and thought leader
- Work constructively with others to systematically plan, design, and solve problems
- Manage projects, people, and resources in carrying out design and use endeavors
Why share my values? Because I have found that the best way to ensure synergy is to be transparent. Even though, technically, a square peg can fit into a circle, it won’t likely be a great fit.
I have been fortunate to work with Ryan Berman of Courageous Brands on the concept of having professional or business values that align with your personal values. The exercise was well worth my time and incredibly enlightening and aligning for my focus. These are mine, explained:
Autonomy: I was surprised when I found the need to research the nuance between ‘autonomy’ and ‘freedom’. Both words appeared in the list CB had generated as a starting point. I had always believed that ‘freedom’ was more core value and, as a personal value, that holds true. However, it implies something different from what would describe the environment I thrive best in, that of ‘autonomy’. ‘Freedom’ is a subjective term that implies the presence of some form of oppression, real or ‘imagined’. Whereas, the best description of ‘autonomy’ was the following:
Instead, autonomy is based on a hyper-interconnectivity and a radical relationality that enables anyone and anything to connect and relate in infinitely varying combinations.
Community: …Which, of course, leads me to my second level value. Community and culture can be used interchangeably in my view. As a learning experience designer, I am compelled to understand the learner and that translates into being conscious of the community and/or culture that they are a part of. The same holds true of the stakeholders in a project. Without this I cannot act on my third value.
Decisiveness: Driving decision-making is crucial to success. Autonomy allows me to make decisions as needed and, sometimes, draws on my ability to be flexible with pushback. With a growth mindset and a certain level of fearlessness (mitigated by a highly analytical risk aversion calculating mindset) – I approach creating action by catalyzing decisions that lead to movement towards goals.
Solution Creation: Actually written as ‘problem-solving’ in the list – I, in my pragmatic view of language, choose to re-position this as ‘solution creation’. Inherently, I pinpoint opportunities over problems. In many cases, this allows me to identify areas ripe for innovation as well as provide positive steps forward when actual challenges arise.
Compassion: Underlying these principals is deep compassion for the challenges that I recognize that all people experience. From the ridiculous level of responsibility that CEO’s shoulder, from caring for their employees to answering to clients and stakeholders, to the everyday concerns we all experience regarding family as well as the self-care we require to bring our best to the table – I get it. This tips beyond value for me into ethics.