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If you are a parent of a young child right now, then you probably know all about Bluey. There was a recent episode of Bluey called “The Sign” (be prepared to cry if you haven’t watched it, yet). I won’t give away all of the amazing pieces of the episode, but the main premise of […]

Teacher at Heart

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Yes, I’m aware at how dramatic that sounds. While I would never change anything about going through the process, I learned quite a lot. And it has honestly taken me just over a year to really see all of the different areas this process impacted my life. Getting a doctoral degree is traumatic to your […]

The Trauma of a Doctoral Degree

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One of my goals this year is to read 42 books. It is a lofty goal, but after meeting my goal of 36 books last year, I knew I could do it. How do I do it, you ask? Well, apparently I became one of those people who reads multiple books at a time. A […]

What I’m Reading Wednesday – January 17

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A Quick Story I have no phonemic awareness. Zero. I have no idea what letters are supposed to sound like in words. I can’t sound out words. In fact, I was saying ‘Hermione’ from Harry Potter wrong for years before I met someone else who read the books and said her name correctly. I’m not […]

They Should Already Know How to Do That

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A stack of books covering a variety of topics with a coffee cup on top that says "Boss lady."

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I have been thinking a lot lately about burn out, but perhaps not in the sense we are used to hearing. Yes, we are all burnt out. But, the term “burn out” has become one of those educational buzz words thrown around with solutions of meditation, go for a walk, talk to a colleague or […]

Moving from Reactive to Proactive Burn Out for Instructional Designers

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This past Friday, I was honored with the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s 2023 College of Education, Health, and Human Services Alumnus of the Year award. This award honors a graduate of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services who has shown outstanding professional accomplishments in their field, and demonstrated public service, and leadership. I was […]

CEHHS Alumnus of the Year

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Whenever I lack knowledge in a certain area, my instinct is to find ways to learn. It is one of the main characteristics of a lifelong learner that I embody. I love learning from other experts and furthering my knowledge to be a better instructional designer and professor and have a better mindset. So, it […]

I am IDLance Certified!

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Whenever I think of reflection, I visualize a Disney movie scene where the main character has this major breakthrough. They stare at themselves in a body of water, a mirror, or some other reflective object. And then, all of a sudden, everything makes sense. As a facilitator and professor, I often use reflection in my […]

Making Things Clear Through Reflection

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It is always interesting bringing the perspective as an instructional designer, a professor, and a student to online learning. It has led me to a love/hate relationship with discussion boards. As an instructional designer, I recognize the need to incorporate student-to-student interactions to help build an online community of learners. As a professor, I witness […]

Not Another Discussion Board

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In Season 3 of “Be an Instructional Design Rockstar,” I have the unique opportunity to chat with other online learning professionals. This season is all about learning from each other. The goal for this season is to inspire, empower, and connect within the online learning field. Episode 3.6 of “Be an Instructional Design Rockstar” Interview […]

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