Designers for Learning course – Take 2


Last I wrote, I was taking part in the Canvas course ‘Instructional Design Service course: Gain Experience for Good’. I went all the way through the course but you may have noticed a lack of a “Yay, I finished!” and ..”here’s how it went.” post. The fact is that although I did finish the content for the course, I let my perfectionist tendencies get the better of me for my final project. Le-sigh. (that is pseudo French for Sigh, btw) Rather than rush through it and put a less than stellar plan out there, I decided to take the course again and do it right. My chance to do just that starts next week, so wish me luck. OR, better yet JOIN ME! Sign up here for the course ( and see for yourself. 🙂

So stay-tuned again, but this time it will be a finished product one way or another.

Update on Designing for Good course


This post is an update on the last post I wrote  on the Designing for Good MOOC I am taking. I think we are at approximately the half-way point in the 12-week course. I continue to be impressed with the discussions and how much I am learning (and even better applying)!

As in most courses, there are discussion boards and whether I am posting an assignment, a reflection, or just a random question I always get a response from either an instructor or another participant. In my opinion, when the experience it the opposite it is quite a downer. Not the case here. I am continually engaged during any discussion experience.

Happy dance and rainbows, I am learning and applying various aspects from the course on a regular basis! Although I have experience working with adults from past and current jobs, I do not know much about Adult Basic Education (ABE). In designing our lesson, we are using the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). These were recently updated and as I wrote in the last post, there is a huge need for resources for instructors to use that align to them. Although it took some time to get a basic understanding how the CCRS are arranged, I am glad to have the guidance when writing my objectives and planning learning outcomes, etc. When this course is finished, I will be so glad to have another example of work I have done and better yet, to have contributed to another OER!

This course is also a great review of the Creative Commons and copyright areas. With more and more content being made available each day, it is very important to know and be able to use those resources in the manner they were intended. Not everything that is out there is free to use however you want and not everything has strict copyright. Those of us that use available content should give credit and respect the rights given to it. The ‘Do Unto Others…’ saying applies well here. If the guidelines are recognized, everybody wins!

I would like to encourage those interest to check out the free courses available on The first two I have been a part of have been well-thought out and a good experience so far! Be sure to let me know if you find good ones!

Adobe Education Trainer Moderator

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Last year, I applied for and was offered a chance to moderate for the AET group! Having been through the AET Train the Trainer course twice, I was thrilled when this opportunity came before me, and it was at the same time that another idea came to fruition! During a couple webinars from Adobe, I talked to fellow AET’s and moderators about having a group within AET specifically for Instructional Designers and other Developers/Trainers. I posted a discussion item in the AET group to see if any others were interested and within a few days had over 70 responses! Melissa Oldrin was instrumental in giving that idea traction and building my confidence to move it forward. Thank you again, Melissa! With Melissa’s guidance, and the expressed interest, we moved forward to start that group! We added another experienced AET who partners with me to provide related content, so we benefit from her knowledge, expertise and perspective as well. After developing and publishing a survey to the group, we found areas of interest and focused our efforts there…the top six areas were:

  • Digital Media
  • Course Design
  • Curriculum Development
  • Technology Integration
  • Assessment
  • Universal Design

So far we have been posting discussions and resources in a few of these areas, and will do so regularly throughout our terms as moderator.

I am excited about this opportunity, and plan to link posting here and there together to set a more regular posting schedule. As I get into things at SCC, I am finding more relevant and timely topics to discuss…as I worked to post I realize I needed to find more purposeful experiences to write about. So glad I found it, and I look forward to connecting with other professionals during that process!


Updates – Summary of New Job Events


I cannot express accurately enough in words (maybe a little dance? No…no…no one wants that…But if I could it would be an awesome Happy Dance!) how welcome the last couple months have been… sure, at times they may have been exhausting, but certainly TOTALLY worth it!

Here is a short summary:

  • I got set up in our office and have my laptop and desktop almost where I want them as far as organization and hacks…come on, if you know me at all, this should not be a surprise that this takes me some time. 😉
  • I took the Quality Matters APPQMR course and passed it. Yay!
  • I am taking the Quality Matters PRC course now, and should have that completed within the next week or so.
  • I attended the Minnesota eLearning Summit just last week. A two day conference that focused on Open Education Resources, Accessibility, Instructional Design, faculty support, and much more! I hope to post on that experience alone (and share some resources) soon. Like within the next month…
  • I have met a lot of the staff and faculty here at SCC, and I hope to remember more names as time goes on! I am pretty sure I had the ‘dear in the headlights’ look as I met more and more, haha.
  • I researched and then evaluate several web-based project management platforms and presented them to our team. After selecting one from a short list, we chose Smartsheet. I will upload my comparison in another post, too. Again, goal for that is within the next month.
  • I am now focusing on developing a training database for our team. Some ideas and topics were already flushed out on this, so I am reviewing that and putting together a project plan and timeline as next steps.

Readers, keep me honest. Now that I have experiential data on technology and design topics, I want to post regularly and have discussions on them as well. So feel free to send Tweets or comment as needed…

Career Update – BIG NEWS!


A full month without a post. Sorry. I do have a REALLY good reason for that, however…I have achieved a career goal! I was offered and accepted a new position! I will now be the Instructional Technology Designer for South Central College! I am beyond excited and look forward to the work I will do with faculty in the area of technology and course design!  So…the last month for me has been a whirlwind of interview preparations and the actual interview – all the while working at what is now a previous job that was busy getting things ready for the Summer changes.

What does this mean for this blog? Well, I hope readers will find a more streamlined experience that focuses on topics in education, technology, and design. Although my focus will more often switch to HigherEd in those areas, much of what I write about is still likely to be relevant to K12. Plus, I worked in K12 for so many years…it will be tough to turn that off completely! 🙂 It was and always will be important to me to publish posts about topics that others can benefit from and share with their networks.

So stay tuned! I will write again, but probably not until July. I have a feeling there will be so many topics that I will want to write about!

LEC4: Module 4 Reflection-Impact of the Internet on Learning

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Think about how the Internet has impacted your own personal learning, communication, and sense of community. Write a new post that includes a screenshot showing your participation in a social or professional network, and a summary of how you use that network for personal or professional connections or for new learning. In your post reflect on:

  • When does the Internet help your learning? When does it distract from good learning for you?
  • How might your answers to these questions be similar to or different from the answers your students might give?
  • How might you support your students in using the Internet as their own personal learning space?

I LOVE this prompt! For lifelong learners like myself, the Internet has been a blessing (and a curse, at times)! I mostly joke about the curse, of course…but it has led to more than a few other tasks not getting done and even more than a few late nights! This mostly happens when I lose focus on my objectives and what I am working on at that moment. It is almost always something related to what I am working on, and not Facebook, Pinterest etc. But sometimes there are those shiny articles in other areas of interest that pop up…and I have to reign myself in. I find bookmarking and to-do lists in One Note to be a huge help at times like these!


I have several hobbies that have benefited over and over again by engaging in forums, researching websites, ordering materials (books mostly), checking my social media connections etc. I have been able to learn new skills, enhance or refresh current skills, discover new passions/interests and meet people who more than likely would have never otherwise crossed my path! I think student answers to these prompts would be less on the learning side in most cases, and more on websites/apps that enable them to socialize with their friends more. This could be a gray area, but I think most students K-12 and many in college like to and should be socializing with their friends. It is just harder to balance that and school for them, I think. Again, some, not all. I encourage students to use the Internet for finding out more about topics of interest, to share their work, and to get to know others…BUT, in a responsible way. Good digital citizenship does need to be taught or at least made aware that it is a focus in the classroom. Just because they may use the Internet and social media, does not always mean they know how to do so in a responsible way.


My job history, like many I would assume, includes jobs that were not entirely suited to my career goals. Having groups and forums online that I could participate in and people who I could network with allowed me to keep up what I was learning in college and continue to move forward in my field. For the most part, my professional life has existed mostly online. Due to that I feel a real sense of community when I am online…so many people who I have never met, but appreciate and enjoy learning from and talking with! Communication within those groups often makes more sense to me. This could probably be (as we have talked about in past modules) due to being able to better focus on the message when online…in person, there are tendencies to misread people or be distracted by other things going on around you. Different personality types can conflict more easily and sometimes the communication is one-way. True, there is the possibility that messages online can be misread or misinterpreted, but I feel that is something that can be overcome.


One of the most useful and frequented professional networks that I participate in is the Adobe Education Exchange. I engage in the community as a learner, a trainer, an instructional designer and a moderator. There are live and on-demand classes to take and tons of great resources on using Adobe products. Since I use a lot of these in my work as a trainer and ID, I find it invaluable.

Adobe Ed Ex profile

My profile on the Adobe Education Exchange.

Most recently I have become an Adobe Campus Leader (ACL) and an Adobe Education Trainer (AET). Some of you may have seen my past post from my T4T classes (Training for the Trainer)…the first Adobe T4T was last Summer. The most recent one I am actually finishing up this month...the focus of this T4T is eLearning. The courses are a great way to learn new features of Captivate, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Muse, etc. (Photoshop alone could keep almost anyone occupied with things to learn for a long time!) I have used a few of the resources and lessons here in my Community Education courses and with staff at my full-time job. Last year we received a grant from Adobe (HOORAY) for Photoshop Elements, Premiere Elements, and Captivate so I am gathering ideas and formulating a plan for professional development. This site and the ConnectEd group I am a part of is and will be a primary resource as I work on that project!