Location: Philadelphia, PA
Current gig: Sr. Instructional Designer
Current mobile device: iPhone 4S (hopefully soon to be a iPhone 5S)
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.
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.
Last year I created a document highlighting some of the different conferences that would be going on throughout 2012-2013. I decided to update my list ,and make it public after I responded to an inquiry regarding upcoming conferences. Included on the list are only a few of the upcoming conferences of 2013-2014.
Title: SALT (Society of Applied Learning Technology) Conference
Washington Interactive Learning Technologies Conference
Hyatt Regency Reston Hotel
August 14-16, 2013
Title: Performance Support Symposium 2013
September 9 & 10, 2013
Title: DevLearn 2013,
October 23 – 25, 2013
Las Vegas, NV
Title: Elliot Masie’s Learning 2013
Title: 19th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning
Online Learning: A Universe of Opportunities
November 20-22, 2013
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort – Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Title: ASTD 2014 TechKnowledge® Conference & Exposition
January 22 – 24, 2014
Las Vegas, Nevada
Title: Knowledge Advisors Analytics Symposium
March 3 – 5, 2014
Intercontinental San Francisco 888 Howard St. San Francisco, CA 94103
Title: Learning Solutions 2014
March 19 – 21
The Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL.
Title: ASTD 2014 International Conference and Exposition
May 4-7, 2014
June 24 – 26, 2014,
The Sheraton, San Diego, CA
Check out my guest blogger post on Axonify’s blog! – “Introducing Gaming into a Blended Learning Curriculum “
Recently I wrote an entry about introducing gaming into a blended learning curriculum, as a guest blogger on Axonify’s blog. Be sure to check out a sneak peek below, and read on!
“Higher education classrooms and the workforce are becoming more diverse, which means a blended learning curriculum is a perfect way to reach all audiences. Curriculum developers, like instructional designers, can reach learners of different learning styles using a blended learning approach. Blended learning encompasses a curriculum where the learner is participating in learning asynchronously, synchronously, and with a variety of multimedia.
As a millennial, the best way to reach me is through a variety of deliverables. I prefer not to take an entire curriculum through hours of eLearning modules or solely through face-to-face classes. I tend to want to be engaged and to approach learning in many ways.” READ ON
I was first introduced to Axonify at the eLearning Guild’s 2013 Learning Solutions conference. There was a lot of buzz going on about Axonify at the conference, naturally I decided to check out their booth.
So what is Axonify? What are the guiding principles of Axonify?
Click the link to find out more, http://www.axonify.com/about-us/ – “Axonify combines principles of behavioral science with the best qualities of gamified and social software to result in a new approach to e-learning and employee awareness—one that empowers organizations to train faster, retain information effectively and perform better.”
Over the past few months I have been attending tons of networking events. Every so often during my business card exchange, I come come across a really cool and creative card. Whenever I receive a highly creative card, in the back of my mind I wish I had a card that was just as innovative. Recently I decided it was time to make a personal business card that I could get as funky with as I want. Since I am in the field of instructional design I wanted to be able to portray what I do. My first theme for a business card is inspired by the ADDIE model. The ADDIE model is extremely simple to explain, and there are literally thousands of ways to translate it into a business card. Using Adobe Illustrator, I’m creating a different business card design for each phase of ADDIE.
Here is the first draft of my business card for the development phase. My idea is that the front looks like an HTML file, and the back looks like an open HTML file.
Tip: When designing your business card be sure to publish your business card at, at least 300 DPI for a high quality print.
Check out this post on Mashable to see some creative business card examples: http://mashable.com/2013/05/16/crazy-business-cards/
Adding QR Codes to business cards has been a trend over the past few years. Did you know you can even design your own QR codes?