I am an instructional designer with a specialty in multimedia & eLearning but I have also crossed into the world of instructor-led training with the creation of hard copy materials, job aids, and the synchronizing of blended materials for classroom-based instructors. I have a proven ability to pick up new tools quickly, and an affinity for the evaluation of new software for specific training projects. I am comfortable working with subject matter experts with varying levels of technical expertise, from SME’s who are not so tech savvy to those with programming backgrounds more fluent than mine. I have verifiable experience bringing SME’s from each end of the spectrum together, particularly when working at RealNetworks on training programs for new Human Resource software implementations and during the evaluation & selection of a learning management system (LMS) for the University of Real Learning. Additionally, I have written sections of content for training programs (RealNetworks and Clearwater Paper) and company-wide intranet communications (RealNetworks). During my time with RealNetworks, I was routinely asked to check & edit content submitted for publication. I have been characterized by colleagues as a jack-of-all-trades in the world of eLearning, with some crossover to the instructor-led realm. I have a passion for interactivity in the learning process, multimedia, and communications.
I have utilized the ADDIE model since my first instructional designer role in the training industry with The Webb Group, where we would initially meet with clients to analyze training requirements. During the design phase, I still lean on some of my initial practices at The Webb Group when storyboarding, particularly when brainstorming initial phases of creation. Although formal storyboards are generally required in a digital format before getting underway, I have found that initial phases can be easier to visualize (particularly when incorporating feedback from multiple subject matter experts) when using visual methods such as storyboarding on a large table or wall with separate sheets of physical paper representing different pages or sections. Of course, this isn’t always the case. Every course, every project, is different but I have found that visual methods have come in handy when needing to get over that initial hurdle of getting all stake holders into the same “vision” of how a course will proceed. There are other visual methods but the above described is just an old favorite of mine that has gotten the ball rolling on a few occasions.
I have led or contributed to the scoping out and production of various course manuals, workbooks, and job aids during my career. At IBM/Rational Software I was an ILT Production Coordinator, also providing assistance to the web based training team. With both RealNetworks and Clearwater Paper, my primary focus was eLearning but I assisted instructor-led teams with strategy & production of hard copy materials.
Whether eLearning, instructor-led, blended, or supplemental material, I have experience storyboarding and scripting a variety of training types. I most commonly create storyboards with Word® or PowerPoint®, following an analysis and scoping of requirements & expected audience.