Adobe Education Trainer Moderator

Adobe, instructional design, Uncategorized

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!


Back in Action!

Adobe, eLearning

How many of those types blog titles do you see? (“I am back”, “Sorry for the delay”, etc.) Well, a couple from me this year, but I am back! The last 6 months have been a wild but rewarding ride! I am still adapting to new experiences and processes in my role here at SCC, but I feel I am starting to get to a point where I know how I can better contribute to the blogosphere. \0/ Hooray!

This will be a short post but I do want to clue you in on a few ideas I would like to write about in the coming weeks:

  • I went to the AHG conference in Colorado last month. LOTS of great resources on online learning and accessibility in general.
  • Universal Design for Learning – this has been a focus recently and I have some resources to share. I also look forward to hearing from YOU and any additional tools/resources you have!
  • Adobe – always great things to share from the Adobe Education Exchange, as well as an exciting update from me!

Stay tuned. Even if I do not write, please know I am always thinking of things to share and talk about…now that I know more about what my responsibilities are in my new-ish role here at SCC, I feel more confident about how much (and when) I can post.

Let’s Talk soon!

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!

Wendy Sandstrom : Home-My Electronic Portfolio


Wendy Sandstrom : Home.

After the completion of the Leading Edge course, I had a renewed motivation and reason to update my digital portfolio. Although we created one for the course, I had started one years ago with eFolio, when I was a student at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The above link is the result of that update. Especially for designers (whether instructional design, graphic design, architectural design or other), I highly recommended having a digital portfolio. It is a great way to market yourself and your work! There are several tools you can use to do this…but that is a subject for a future post. 🙂

LEC4: Module 7 – Four Roles of an Online Coach

eLearning, Learning Plan

Reflect on what you learned about the Four Roles of an Online Coach in this Module. As you complete the steps below, you will be creating your own Personal Learning Plan for Online Coaching:

  1. Create a table or use a graphic organizer to develop your Personal Learning Plan for Online Coaching in your reflection journal.
  2. Feel free to use the following document as a template or guide for this activity. (link removed)
  3. Your table/graphic organizer must include the four coaching roles (instructor, social director, program manager, and technical assistant) listed/labeled from your weakest role to your strongest role.
  4. Include a table column/section in your graphic organizer that identifies the skills for each role that you believe you need to gain or strengthen.
  5. Include a table column/section in your graphic organizer that identifies for each role how you can gain or strengthen those skills.
  6. Please use your professional journal or journal you created using google docs for this entry. Please the URL to your journal so we know it is ready for us to look at. Make sure that the instructors have the rights to view your journal.


In searching for a new way to organize my learning plan for this assignment, I went on a several day journey (off and on as per usual) reviewing various task and goal management apps and websites. As you can see below, I ended up with a great graphic organizer from MS Word. I tried a Voo2Do project (find out more about this tool at but decided against posting it here. I do, however, plan to do a later post reviewing some of my findings from that journey, and will include Voo2Do as part of that process.

Listed below, in order of strongest to weakest coaching roles, is my learning plan for online coaching. Each role has what I need to do to gain or strengthen that role and how I will take action to do so.

Four Roles Plan for Online Teaching

Module 7 – Assignment 7.3 for LEC4 course