I have over 20 years of experience in the design and development of online instruction.
I received my MA in Education with a concentration in Educational Technology from San Francisco State University in 1996, where I was hired by members of the department to be the first employee at Organizational Learning Systems Inc. I have since developed computer-based learning applications for clients including Google, Safeway, The Gap, Petco, Wells Fargo, Pacific Gas and Electric, Southwestern Bell Communications, Cisco, and Bridgestone.
My design for each eLearning and leader-led projects is unique, based on the content and needs of the learner, but my design philosophy is the same.
Adults learn best when the information or skills to be learned are important and relevant to their success.
Integrating learning into long-term memory is enhanced when the learner has an emotional experience with the learning and emotional relevance can be increased though stories and other techniques.
Learning has the best chance of being transferred to on-the-job performance if the learning is presented and practiced in the context of actual job related tasks.
For task-oriented learning, people learn by doing. Presentation of information should be short. Content analysis, practice and guided feedback should comprise a good chunk of the learning event.
Incorporating new behavior in the workplace, after the learning event is complete, requires continued managerial support to achieve the greatest success.
If you have a project I might be interested in, please let me know.