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 Instructional Design and Technology Specialist at the Johnson and Wales University. I also freelance on course and program designs, including with Colorado Community College Online (CCCO).

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.

 

Background and Hobbies

I sing in a women’s chorus out of Broomfield and previously played the trumpet. Studying music balances my abilities to design and think of final products as a whole composition.

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

 

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

 

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.