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 Learning Organizations

Blue Skying

I work at the intersection of education, business, and technology.

I am people and learning focused.

How, where and why people learn is rapidly changing.

Learning needs to be: micro, on demand, mobile. 

Learners need to be: self-reflective, metacognitive and empowered.

The challenge? To help people:

  • Find and use information quickly and easily

  • Take ownership of their learning and embrace the need for continuous learning

  • Learn, unlearn and relearn at an accelerated pace. 

 

This requires that we:​

  • Develop products, processes, resources and instruction that engage and empower people

  • Plan for variability to intentionally design inclusive learning 

 

With a multiple ROI - Return on:

  • Investment

  • Inclusion

  • Intellect

  • Interest

  • Improvement

I believe accessibility and inclusion should inform the work we do and the products we make. Ultimately, every encounter online involves some type of learning. As such our focus should be on the Learner Experience (LX). To design for frictionless learning experiences. If one person struggles to interact, use or learn, then we've created a barrier and limited their growth and diminished their personal power.​

I look forward to bringing a little "blue sky" to your organization's learning and development.

What I Do

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Resume

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Dive Into UDL - Book

Universal Design for Learning has always been about learner expertise. It's focus, beyond accessibility and inclusion, is helping build learners who are purposeful and motivated, knowledgable and resourceful and strategic and goal-directed. 

Although Dive Into UDL was written for K-12 educators, a corporate version is in the works. Training and learning isn't just about designing for "in the flow of work". It's also about helping your employees understand themselves as learners, and the importance of self-regulation, self-reflection and executive functions for both mental health and lifelong learning.

Visit the Dive Into UDL website.

Instructional Design

I support companies with my knowledge and research in the area of online learning. Whether designing courses, creating facilitator support or building out large scale implementation, my experience in this field is extensive and cutting edge.

 

More and more learners are rejecting one-size-fits-all training based on content delivery and rote memory assessment. To work and learn in today's fast pace  environments, learners need experiences that are:

  • Relevant and engaging

  • Collaborative and constructivist

  • Flexible, with options and choice 

  • Accessible to all

  • Supportive of metacognition, self-regulation and self-reflection

Virtual Teams

I've worked remotely for many companies since the mid-90s. I know how to connect online, and build respectful, collaborative teams.  I've run a start-up (out of Portland, Oregon), completed a masters, wrote a book, ran courses and created apps. All virtually.

Just like transporting in person instruction to online environments, isn't as simple as making it digital. The same is true of teams. Tools, like Zoom and Teams

Product Development

I help companies redefine their product or service, move from or to the educational tech space, and recognize when a pivot is necessary.

My conceptual skills allow me to envision the product life cycle, recognize how it could be used in a learning context and then build out product design, support and training to ensure product uptake. 

 

In addition, my skills in instructional design, eLearning and Universal Design for Learning are sought by companies to ensure their product or training is useable and accessible.

Implementation

My work across North America provides me with insights in how to work successfully with a variety of stakeholders including government entities, businesses, staff, SMEs, instructional designers and outside vendors in consultation, project and program planning and implementation.

Content and Media Creation

Creating curriculum, storyboarding, designing decks, creating and editing copy, script writing and editing, publishing original research, designing interactive resources and quizzes (Articulate Storyline), building courses and websites and making and editing instructional videos (over 700) gives me unique insight into the realities of the design process and product life cycles.

What I've Done

Sr. Manager, Learning Design & Delivery

I am currently Sr. Manager, Learning Design & Delivery at Walmart, Canada where I’ve lead a team of 10 designers. Our small but mighty team creates all the training (online, ILT) for over 85,000 associates, as well as the development and delivery of various management courses for Field and Logistics. From building strategy to building assets, this fast-paced role gives me the opportunity to manage multiple, complex projects, with competing deadlines, that ultimately impact key business metrics.

As a manager, I support my team by creating a safe, respectful work environment. My goal is to push our design; to create more modern, innovative assets that meet the needs of today's learner and today's business. I strive to empower my highly skilled team. Together, I'm proud of the engaging and innovate learning we've created.

Sublime Learning was an early proponent of blended learning with the creation of eTeachables, "bite-sized" videos and downloadable templates.

My focus as Chief Education Officer was on product development and growing our customer base through targeted relationships, pilot projects and large-scale implementation. 

I successfully sold Sublime Learning in 2014.

Chief Education Officer

Educator

Don't hold my education experience against me. The connection between pedagogy and andragogy is narrower than you think. As a lifelong learner, I recently completed a Masters of Educational Technology (MET) from the University of British Columbia.

 

This degree afforded me the opportunity to research, develop, write and present internationally on the topic of eLearning, online learning, adult learning, and the application of Universal Design for Learning to each. These skills translate well as I meet with and present to a variety of stakeholders in both business and education.

More

A more detailed ​overview of various roles and career highlights can be found on Linked In.

Training creates compliance.

Compliance slows change.

Learning empowers.

Empowered learners embrace change.