I am, and always have been a life-long learner. I love learning new things, whether formally or informally. For the past 18 months, I have been working toward my M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology at Walden University. This ePortfolio is a representation of some of the work I have done. I have choosen a variety of projects and samples that represent both writing and technology. I begin with the end – the Capstone: Practical Application of Instructional Design.
In the Capstone project, I created a delegation program to fill a performance gap in my organization for leaders who are people managers with one team and are now moving into a leader-of-leaders role. As leaders transition into a role with larger teams, each with their own managers, they must work to use delegation more, not just to free up time, but also as a developmental tool. One of the many elements I created for this project was a storyboard. In this storyboard, I have outlined both the look and feel of the program as well as the instructional activities, objectives, timing, and measurement plans. Click the link below to see the full storyboard.
This is a sample image of the storyboard:
In instructional design, there are numerous ways to engage learners through technology – images, podcasts, videos, and a variety of content learning objects that help the learner achieve the objectives of the course. In this multimedia design project, I worked with Glimpse©, image manipulation software, recorded a brief lesson on how to open and save a word document on Screencast-o-matic©, and recorded a podcast on Audacity®. I chose this to showcase because it combines multiple learning objects in a one-page media design. Click the link above the image below to be able to interact with each of the components in the website.
This is a sample image of the website:
Distance Learning, especially in a fully asynchronous platform can seem…well, distant. One of the classic platforms in distance learning is Coursesites by Blackboard™. This course allowed me to create a multi-faceted, distance learning introduction for a leadership training program. Taking time to teach new learners how to navigate a new technology tool can easily be overlooked, assuming the learner is familiar with the tool. This program teaches learners what is expected and how to navigate the Coursesites® platform. I chose this because there are multiple components involved in the creation, from Powtoon© animated introduction to Wikispaces© to Screencast-o-matic©. Click the link below to check out the site. Feel free to navigate the various pages.
This is a sample image of the Welcome screen:
One of the biggest requests I have is to move a traditional classroom into an online environment. Whether synchronous or asynchronous, it is essential to consider this move carefully. It is not simply a matter of moving a slide deck into a virtual space and calling it done. In the distance learning program, I created a guide for trainers, subject-matter experts, and instructional designers to use when moving the traditional classroom online. I combined an easy-to-read format with graphics to help the learner navigate easily and use the guide as a checklist. The link below will take you to the full guide, below you will find sample images.
Project management skills are essential for instructional designers. I included this comprehensive project charter because it is a good example of the variety and scope instructional designers must consider and plan for when undertaking large, multi-faceted projects. Click the link below to see the full project charter.