Thank you for stumbling across my blog. If you stick around, you’ll notice that I’m attempting to process and document my experiences as I explore strategies for the design of memorable and effective eLearning.
My undergraduate degree is in Communication Design, so I’m a designer at heart. Effective communication design transcends beyond making things look pretty, rather it is centered around maximizing design elements to focus attention and clearly communicate a message. The art and science of communication design is a vital foundational element to effective eLearning. Building upon my early background in creative visual design, marketing, copywriting and advertising, I branched out to complete a master’s degree in Instructional Technology. The result was the perfect infusion of creativity, pedagogy and technology for eLearning design and development.
I have a passion for creating simple, clear and focused instructional content that maximizes the affordances of multimedia-based communication. This is a natural result of my career path–which included graphic designer for print, writer/designer/producer of multi-image slide shows (if you’re 30 or younger, you’ve probably never seen a multi-image slide show), web designer, digital video producer–before I brought my toolbox to the world of eLearning.
I’m especially interested in creating effective learning experiences. An “experience” is a result of much more than effectively designed content. Learning design is an exciting field which flourishes at the intersection of educational psychology, pedagogy, communication and technology. I love to play with shiny new toys, but selecting an appropriate instructional technology solution involves careful analysis, creative application, thoughtful implementation, and willingness to tweak and try again. I enjoy guiding faculty through this process as they seek new approaches for teaching and learning.
Learning something new each day keeps me happy. I hope you learn something new on these pages.
One of my hobbies is upcycling old furniture. If you’re curious about the banner image on my site, it’s a digital collage I created from a Pennsylvania Dutch inspired folk art design I painted on an old chair.