What I Do
I am an instructional designer with experience in e-learning, and more recently, instructor-led training. I particularly enjoy the research and analysis side of instructional design, though I have development experience as well. I always attempt to be a learner’s advocate. My favorite conversations are those where I help shape the process or content I am training on based on looking at it through the learner’s perspective.
I design, write, and develop e-learning and instructor-led training. I have experience in facilitation and presenting. I try to stay abreast of current learning and facilitation research and use it in my work.
My first full-time job was at a small, cozy company in North Carolina where I’d worked part-time during college. I worked in technical support on a small, brand new team of 3. Due to our initial success, we started to hire more and more technical support staff. I was promoted to a lead position and took special interest in training the new team members. One of my colleagues took notice and let me install his copy of Adobe Captivate on my machine. I created my first interactive tutorial (it was nothing special, trust me), and ultimately applied to an e-learning developer position at another company.
At the new company, I worked on a team creating Articulate Storyline modules that were (admittedly) boring. Our director saw the value in having slightly more interesting training and we took an ATD course on Advanced Instructional Design for E-Learning. I was hooked.
Since then, I’ve freelanced, project managed, and I am now in a full-time role managing and designing both instructor-led training and e-learning courses in the DC metro area.
I was recently named one of Learning 2016’s 30 under Thirty.
I have no idea if I will stay in instructional design forever, but I am slowly realizing that I likely will not. Through project managing and the analysis side of instructional design, I’ve discovered a small passion for effective, research-based solutions and improved procedures. I am thankful for my experience in instructional design and I am not attempting to leave it immediately. There is something to be said about a well-trained workforce, regardless of how great a new and improved procedure is.
My current position allows me to work closely with incredibly smart people who are in charge of improving the business, and it has been an invaluable and rewarding experience.
I live in the DC Metro area, but grew up in North Carolina. My hobbies include reading (have any fantasy recommendations?), video games, and finding reasons to be outside. My degree was in Science, Technology, and Society from North Carolina State University. It has nothing to do with instructional design, so I feel like it belongs in my personal life.
Can we chat?
In the area? I would love to get a coffee or happy hour with you. Please feel free to use my contact form as well and start a conversation. You can also find me moderating over at /r/instructionaldeisgn.
Do you do freelance work?
Nope. Sorry. I used to and I loved it, but my current position requires a lot of my brainpower and travel. If you are looking for a freelancer, please feel free to reach out and I may be able to connect you with someone.