Welcome to my portfolio! I have experience in course design, learning experience design, eLearning strategy, and implementation in higher education, training, and public health communications. I designed this website to be informative in my skills, growth, and who I am.

Explore, reach out, and share your insights. I would love to hear from you.

A few notes:

Photograph Credits: Most photos and images contained on this website are my own captures. Citations to sources for images are provided when necessary.

This site started as a graduate portfolio as a graduation requirement. It has evolved since and is periodically updated with recent work and examples.

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About Me

Philosophy

Headshot, Sophia smiling in front of trees, black and white, fall leaves and shadows.

“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

My work mission is to strive to collaborate with teammates in order to create seamless learning experiences. My learning design mission is to keep learning experiences simple, efficient, and effective.

Work

I am an eLearning Technologist at Colorado Community Colleges Online (CCCOnline). I work closely with the Instructional Design and Academic Technology teams to innovate at the front of the eLearning evolution waves.

Previously I was an Instructional Design and Technology Specialist at the Johnson and Wales University. I also freelance on various projects with small companies related to training, especially employee onboarding program design and implementation.

I collaborate with faculty and administrative leadership on strategies for enhanced learning experiences for students. In this work, I consider trends in eLearning, pedagogy, student populations, and program influences. I consistently advocate for learner-centered learning designs and challenge my colleagues to think of our learners in every design decision.

Education

I hold a Master of Arts in Information and Learning Technologies from University of Colorado Denver, a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder. My main interests lie in eLearning experience design and development, effective delivery methods, and encouraging lifelong learning.

Previously I worked at Klein Buendel, Inc. and the University of Colorado on Instructional Design integration, strategic planning, and learning experience designs.

Path to Instructional Design

I have always been intrigued by how people learn. It is important to understand our cognitive processes and behavioral patterns in order to learn effectively and efficiently. This is exactly what Instructional Design is to me. Learning design was a recurring theme to my work and studies throughout my undergraduate degree and work. In my Masters level courses, I found myself engulfed in information I was always enthusiastic to learn. Now I am dedicated to pursuing Instructional Design as a career path and lifestyle.

Creativity

I am a creative and innovative thinker. A question at the center of my life is, “How can __________ be improved?” I believe this is a mindset that lays the foundation for growth in knowledge and skill. A good way to gain inspiration is through my (amateur) photography shown in the gallery. I will always find the vibrant colors of flowers and high mountain peaks to be a great start to a new creation.

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Resources

My resources are meant to help others in the field of information technology and instructional design. From what I understand, most instructional designers and developers would not be where they are without some networking and sharing.

Much of what I do is inspired by the resources I find while supplementing my instructional knowledge. Some of these resources are published by experts in the field of instructional design and others are empirically supported.

Informal resources are located on my Pinterest board for Instructional Design.

Theories

Design Inspiration

Development Process and Information Systems

Digital Storytelling

 

Professional Blogs and Websites

Merrill reflecting on his instructional experience and opinions

8 Lessons Learned from Teaching Online

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Professional Musings

Keeping up with the learning industry is one of my top priorities. Professional Musings is my outlet for my inspirations, reactions, and updates on the work I am doing. Enjoy!

A Reflection on Virtual Identity

This month I am both a participant and a co-facilitator for a professional development series called DigPINS. The first week of this series, we covered Identity within the realm of virtual as residents and visitors, personal and institutional. I’m participating to get to know others and experience the DigPINS. I’m considering it as a programming … Continue reading A Reflection on Virtual Identity

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Contact Me