Creating Engaging Learning Experiences

eLearning • Instructional Design • Social Media • Photography

 

About Me

Biography
Learn more about my background and personal interests.
eLearning Philosophy
My principles for designing interactive eLearning content.
Resume
I have over 7 years of experience in eLearning and instructional design.

 

 

Biography

I live in Grand Rapids, MI (pictured above) where I’ve spent the past five years developing training content for classrooms, seminars, and eLearning at X-Rite / Pantone, a global leader in the color and printing industries. I’ve helped X-Rite grow their eLearning platform to more than 25,000 customers worldwide. I currently support our Professional Color Services team in the execution and productization of new service offerings.

Technology and learning have always been apart of my life. I graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Imaging. While at WMU I produced a video on the use of technology in the English Department’s educational labs and developed a website dedicated to teaching about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I am now pursuing my Master of Arts at the University of Colorado Denver in Information & Learning Technologies, Option: eLearning.

This site is a place for me to share my work and professional interests in eLearning, instructional design, and social media. Photography is a big part of my life as well and I will be sharing my work through my gallery. In my spare time I also enjoy building computers and exploring online worlds (MMOs); both of these will also be discussed when relevant.

 

 

ELEARNING PHILOSOPHY

ENGAGE THE LEARNER
If I'm not interested in the content I'm creating, then the leaner won't be either. I use tools such as software simulations, games, and quizzes to help reinforce content. I find visuals and interactivity far more effective than plain text.
DESIGN FOR UNDERSTANDING
I've developed content for learners of all skill levels from production workers to management . When writing scripts, It's important to know my audience and keep content clear and concise so anyone can understand it. I avoid using jargon since many courses that I've worked on have been translated to other languages.
MEASURE RESULTS
I never consider a course 100% complete; I always continue to evaluate quiz results and survey feedback to make any needed course improvements. If learners keep missing the same questions, then either the question or the content needs to be adjusted. It learners aren't completing a course, it's important to understand why.
Color Services Analyst

Color Services Analyst

February 2016 – Present | Grand Rapids, MI

  • Ensure proper execution of all service offerings including measurements, digital drawdowns, and portal administration
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to productize and deliver new service offerings
  • Manage and maintain global Color Services eLearning site
  • Develop eLearning courses for new products and services
Project Leader

Project Leader

– February 2016 | Grand Rapids, MI

  • Worked with subject matter experts to produce “​in-the-box” training for new products
  • Developed new training content for seminars and classrooms
  • Wrote white papers and technical guides for end users
  • Supported customers on social media
Office Assistant for the PCI Department

Office Assistant for the PCI Department

| Kalamazoo, M

  • Developed a new brochure for the printing program aimed at recruiting prospective students
  • Lead operator on the department’s digital press, a Canon imagePRESS C1+
  • Designed fliers and posters for events and instructional purposes
  • Assisted students with projects in computer and print labs
Internship

Internship

| Tucson, AZ

  • Worked in all departments of a print shop including digital, prepress, pressroom, fulfillment, and sales
  • Operated a Canon imagePRESS C7000VP and Canon imageRUNNER 110
  • Performed preflighting functions including page layouts, typesetting, and color separations
  • Worked on a six color offset printing press
IT Specialist for College of Arts & Sciences

IT Specialist for College of Arts & Sciences

| Kalamazoo, MI

  • Assisted instructors with classroom technology
  • Maintained the College of Arts & Sciences technology website
  • Created instructor wikis containing resources for students
Website Designer for U of A String Project

Website Designer for U of A String Project

| Tucson, AZ

  • Developed a new website according to instructor needs
  • Updated and maintained website information on a regular basis
  • Worked independently under strict deadlines

Resources

These are websites that I find useful for eLearning design and social media. I will continually update this list as I discover new tools.

 
 

 

 

 

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