Not everyone enjoys learning – I’d like to change that.
I know I’m not your typical learner: most kids don’t choose to take night school, summer school, and Saturday school on top of their regular school day just for fun; and most adults don’t choose to pursue four university degrees for a little more fun. For better or for worse, my less-than-standard approach to learning has led me into a lot of classrooms and online learning environments. These experiences have helped me develop a sixth sense for what makes good learning solutions and the faith that everyone can truly enjoy learning.
My pathway to a career in learning experience design was winding: I bounced back and forth between careers in biochemistry and education more times than I would like to admit before reading an online blog about instructional design/learning experience design. For once I had no hesitation about a career choice. I jumped right in with both feet and have never looked back.
In my Master’s of Instructional Design and Technology, we developed using Captivate and supplemented this with a bit of the Creative Cloud Suite (Premiere Pro, Audition, Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign). However, my passion for learning led me to explore additional tools so that I could offer multiple options for creating learning experiences. I mastered Storyline, Rise, Vyond, and Camtasia. Now, my upcoming goals involve improving my skills in Adapt, Evolve, Adobe Animate, Character Animator, and After Effects. Then, I hope to explore augmented reality with Zapworks.
Aside from my voracious appetite for learning, the most well-known things about me are that I enjoy knitting, running (very, very slowly), and playing with my cat, Nermal. One of the least well-known things about me is that my favourite desert is frozen peas. Yes, while they are still frozen. Try it, you won’t regret it!