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Hi there!  Welcome to my eLearning portfolio.  Since you clicked the About Me tab, I’m going to assume you are curious about me and maybe want to know how I got started with my love of distance education and eLearning development.  So, read on to learn a bit more about me and my career progression.  Thanks for stopping by.

Have you ever gotten excited at the prospect of an online class because the subject matter was something that you felt would be perfect for you to learn, only to be disappointed by its delivery?  Me too.  I once signed up for a forensic science course to fulfill a general education requirement.  Forensic science, crime scene investigation to be specific, this was going to be so much better than a biology class, right?  Here I am looking forward to crime scenes that would rival a television show, but the reality of what I got was nothing close to what I was hoping for. Instead, I got a PowerPoint drawing of a crime scene.  To say I was disappointed is an understatement.

At this point, I began to wonder how I could become the person that gets to design the learning because I could think of many ways those crime scenes could have been designed for a more immersive, interactive experience for the learner.  You could say this was a turning point for me in my career and a major reason why I decided to pursue a career in e-Learning development.

I already had experience and an interest in designing and developing websites.  I enjoyed working with and helping others in my human resources job and previous positions in customer service.  So I decided to pursue a Master of Educational Technology degree that taught me instructional design methodology, adult learning principles and offered plenty of hands-on projects such as developing mobile apps, working with Flash, and creating videos in Camtasia. 

I currently work at First Data to design, develop, and assess curriculum for existing agents and new hires.  I have created training curriculums for acquisition solutions Perka, Gyft, and the Clover Online Store.  I have also worked to migrate call types from one location to another.  I frequently push back against doing things the way they have always been done, I am not a fan of that saying…At. All.  I integrate technology into my curriculum designs and develop materials that leave learners excited instead of bored and unenthused.  I frequently research eLearning trends and review emerging technologies for application.

I am currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Leadership degree with a specialization in Educational Technology and Distance Education.  I have chosen this path because I am passionate about distance education and its application in our global society.  My philosophy of teaching and learning is based upon a mixture of constructivist, social constructivist, and connectivism approaches with a student-centered pedagogy. When I think of my teaching and learning philosophy, the quote by Confucius comes to mind, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand” (Confucius, n.d.).

My real world experience, ability to apply it to the educational setting and my dedication to lifelong learning, background and commitment to education allows for me to make a strong contribution in any setting.  

You can find the details of my work history on LinkedIn.