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.