Wish List for Professional Development

In starting a new job at a large academic institution, there are two things that are true: 1) I have opportunity to participate and explore many topics in the Instructional Design field and 2) we have limited budgets. I know large academic institutions can seem restrictive and outlined in red tape, yet I believe I … Continue reading Wish List for Professional Development

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 … Continue reading In Transition – Becoming a Collaborator

Work-Life-School Balance

These past few years have been a whirlwind. *whirring sound* I know this experience is not unique to me – everyone is busy. For background, the past two years I have been a full-time graduate student, engaged then a newlywed, and working full-time with a new position as an Instructional Specialist. I have had many life transitions and cognitive challenges to balance throughout these three roles. On top of it all, we bought a house and a car in the past 6 months. Here are the tools and methods I used to get me this far without a visit to a psych ward.