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I pride myself on my growth mindset and identity as a lifelong learner. So, imagine my surprise when after nine years as an instructional designer, I realized I had become lackadaisical with my strategies and techniques. I am part of an Award-Winning instructional design team and have nine years of experience. Somewhere in those nine […]

We Never Stop Learning and Growing

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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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Last night was the first synchronous meeting of the Instructional Design Certificate that I developed and am facilitating with UNC Charlotte. My greatest takeaway? Instructional designers are passionate. Going into the meeting I was a little nervous. I didn’t really know what to expect and didn’t know how all of the participants would be feeling. […]

Instructional Designers are Passionate

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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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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 […]

Interview with Sam Gist

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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 3.5 of “Be an Instructional Design Rockstar” Interview […]

Interview with Kory Trosclair

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