About Me

Philosophy

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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

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Volunteering at BooBash for Halloween at UCHealth, 2017

I am an Instructional Design Specialist at the University of Colorado College of Nursing in Aurora, CO. I keep up with industry trends and educational technology for higher education and work with the Director of Faculty Development on eLearning related opportunities for faculty.

Previously I worked at Klein Buendel, Inc. for 5 years as an Instructional Designer and Research Assistant. I collaborated closely with web developers, graphic designers, and database programmers to create many programs for research implementation.

 

Background and Hobbies

I grew up in Denver, CO. I live in Denver with my spouse, Kevin.

In addition to working full-time, I am a Volunteer Youth Leader for a local church. It’s important to me to provide guidance and mentorship to others.

I also sing in a women’s chorus out of Broomfield. I started playing the trumpet when I was 9 years old and found an easy transition into vocal performance in college. Studying music balances my abilities to design and think of final products as a whole composition.

When I have free time, I take my old DSLR Nikon camera with me when I explore. Some of my photography is provided in a gallery on this page and throughout the site.

 

Education

I hold a Master of Arts in Information and Learning Technology 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 design and development.

 

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 degree 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 seen as a thought leader in the field.

 

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.