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Random Thoughts on Instructional Design

Professional Background

joannAs an instructional designer, my chief goal is to maximize the range and pedagogical effectiveness of technology. My curricular development work is grounded in careful analysis of users’ needs and capabilities in order to enhance/exploit the potential of technology to communicate with all learners. I seek versatile applications of Instructional Design best practices and the application of Universal Design to ensure equitable access to diverse audiences.

logo-dartmouth-globalAs an Instructional Designer at Dartmouth College, I worked closely with faculty, administrators and support staff throughout a campus community to promote and model standards for instructional design; design and develop sound educational products; and leverage technology in teaching and learning practice.

UAA_2Line_1color_solidIn my work at the University of Alaska in Anchorage, I collaborated with academic teams to design face-to-face, blended, and online educational offerings that addressed the needs of the institutions geography dispersed and diverse learner population. I also worked with a number of teams across the University of Alaska System to assist in defining and addressing strategic, tactical and operational issues.

uspAs an Instructional Designer and faculty member at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia (USP), I worked closely with Senior Administration, Graduate Programs, and the Faculty Center in the design and implementation of the institutions MBA in Pharmaceutical Management. Given that this was the institutions first completely online program, I was highly involved in the development of design protocols; faculty selection and training processes; faculty development opportunities; and course models.

As a manager, I believe that service is the centerpiece of leadership. When managing groups, I focus on an individual’s ownership of responsibilities, placing a premium on their ability to understand the needs of the community they serve, collaborate with others to accomplish their goals, and focus on the “we” not “me” aspect of all assignments. This leadership style allowed me to attract and retain highly skilled and dedicated staff.

Immaculata_University_logoAs the Director of Instructional Technology at Immaculata University, I was responsible for managing the instructional technology staff and chairing the University Technology Council. I managed vendor relationships; oversaw the design, development, and evaluation of web-enhanced and online instructional projects; developed training and support tools for faculty; and provided consultation to various programs and schools on multimedia and the integration of various technologies into the curriculum.

philaUAs the Director of the graduate program in Instructional Design and faculty member at Philadelphia University (PhillyU), I designed and successfully shepherded the Tier II Teaching Specialist program for K-12 educators in Instructional Technology through the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware state assessment and certification process. While serving PhillyU, I also developed a Distance Education Certificate program for corporate trainers; recruited and trained a skilled adjunct faculty pool; and implemented a student portfolio process.

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