Combining Creativity, Pedagogy, and Technology

Sunset reflected in Perkins Student Center at Penn State Berks
Sunset reflected from Perkins Student Center

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.