About Me

Philosophy

portrait, yellow sweater, longer hair, backlit
http://www.sophia-elearn.com

“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

American Public Health Association’s Annual Conference, Denver, 2016

I work at Klein Buendel, Inc. as an Instructional Specialist.

The team I work with does behavioral health interventions and health communication research. We explore how to effectively change health behaviors. Our main source of funding is grants from the NIH, CDC, and NCI.

My role is to collaborate with the researcher and programmers to create our end products often used as behavioral intervention tools. See more information at KleinBuendel.com.

 

Background

Traveling in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.

I grew up in Denver, CO. I live in Denver with my spouse, Kevin. We spend much of our free time in the wilderness, on bikes, skiing, or watching good television shows and movies.

I garden, read, and knit/crochet in my free time. I take my DSLR Nikon camera with me when I travel and explore. Some of my photography is provided in a gallery on this page and throughout the site.

I hold a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. My main interests lie in eLearning design and development.

I am currently exploring higher education curriculum alignment and learning experience design through an internship with the Instructional Design department at the College of Nursing at the University of Colorado Anschutz.

 

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. I realized learning design was a recurring theme to my work and studies throughout my undergraduate and work as a Research Assistant. 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 until I am closer to an expert than an amateur.

 

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.