Month: October 2013

Free Online Courses for Learning Professionals

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Coursera is a company that offers MOOCs (massive open online courses) by universities and organizations.  The courses can be signed up for and attended online.  Many of the courses give participants a certificate for completion of a course. Learning professionals will benefit from Coursera because they often post courses related to education, eLearning, blended learning, virtual learning, and other topics.

On November 4th Coursera will be offering a course on E-learning and Digital Cultures.  The course will be taught by professors from the University of Edinburgh.  The course is a 5 week course. You can sign up for the course via this link:

Coursera is offering a course on Gamification by Kevin Werbach from The University of Pennsylvania.  The course on gamification starts January 27th, and runs for 10 weeks.  You can sign up for the course via this link:

– Melissa.

This Is How I Work

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My colorful workspace.
My colorful workspace.

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Current gig: Sr. Instructional Designer

Current mobile device: iPhone 4S (hopefully soon to be a iPhone 5S)

Current computer:
Home: Custom Desktop PC, and an old Dell Inspiron Laptop
Work: HP ProBook 6470b

One word that best describes how you work: Creatively

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

Apps: Evernote, Adobe Connect, Pandora, and Netflix

Software: Photoshop, Illustrator, Audacity

What’s your workspace like? Colorful

Every now and then I enjoy working from home or at coffee shops.  I think a change of scenery can be inspirational, as well as promote deeper focus.


Working from a local coffee shop a few months ago.
Working from a local coffee shop a few months ago.

What’s your best time-saving trick? Multitasking, I have become an expert at it from my video gaming days.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager? Evernote & Microsoft OneNote

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?  Blue Microphone Snowball. My iPad, Kindle, and my Nikon D3200.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? Multitasking, of course.

What are you currently reading? Looking for Alaska by John Green. Decisive by the Heath Brothers

What do you listen to while you work? Pandora – MGMT station

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert? I’m a bit of both. I’m a bit more introverted in my personal life.

What’s your sleep routine like? Sporadic, and I also take lots of naps on the weekend. I tend to go to sleep pretty early, but for whatever reason I will often wake up around 2-4 a.m. with tons of ideas. I keep my phone next to my bed, so that I can type out anything I need to remember.

Fill in the blank: I’d love to see ______ answer these same questions.

Actress/writer/director: Lena Dunham

Artist: Claes Oldenburg

Everyone I know in the field of Instructional Design.

Some influential people in the instructional design field, like Michael Allen, Cathy Moore, Tom Kuhlmann, and the list goes on.

– Melissa.