Welcome to my portfolio! I am an Instructional Specialist going on Instructional Designer with a passion for ensuring learning experiences are simple, audience specific, and useful. I have experience in eLearning design and implementation. 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.

Surname: I changed my last name in 2016 from Burris to Strickfaden. Some of my project documents remain with my maiden name, Burris. Other projects contain my married name, Strickfaden.

Design Documentation: I provide design documentation for many projects in my portfolio. Many of my courses required this documentation, while others were free-form and allowed a less structured design process. Both methods of design and development are important to experience and show my flexibility in the processes.

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Website Goals

  1. Demonstrate my skills in eLearning and Instructional Design.
  2. Professionally present my values, design style, and self.
  3. Provide examples of my work in my Masters of Arts degree in Information and Learning Technologies at the University of Colorado Denver in the School of Education and Human Development (program information here).
  4. Provide professional and academic insights through blogging and biographical information.

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Each work example fits under one or multiple competencies for the Information and Learning Technologies (ILT) Masters of Arts program at the University of Colorado Denver.

Photos below from Pixabay.com “released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0.”

Choose a topic to start exploring my work and skills.


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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!

FocusOn Learning: My First Learning Conference

A few weeks ago  I went to my first learning conference, Focus On Learning by the eLearning Guild .

What a treat! This was my entrance, introduction, opening scene into the fairly small professional niche I have chosen for my career.

“What have I done?” never crossed my mind. I was totally in my element, and here are a few reasons why.

In Transition – Becoming a Collaborator

A few weeks ago, I was sitting in my internship supervisor’s office (Glenda Robertson). She was prepping me for a meeting with a stakeholder on my project and I mentioned something about asking, “What do you think?” She said something like, “No, don’t do that because it opens up the opportunity for them to redesign […]

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