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Instructional designers specializes in the creation of learning solutions. In this podcast, Rebecca interviews instructional designers from a variety of different fields, with the goal of gaining a better understanding of what instructional designers do. The role of instructional designers varies across contexts including formal education, corporate sector, healthcare, non-profit, military, government, and more. Further the types of learning solutions created by instructional designers varies including learning programs, semester length courses, short workshops, eLearning, and job aids. Join Rebecca as she explores, what instructional designers do.

Demystifying Instructional Design Rebecca J. Hogue

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Instructional designers specializes in the creation of learning solutions. In this podcast, Rebecca interviews instructional designers from a variety of different fields, with the goal of gaining a better understanding of what instructional designers do. The role of instructional designers varies across contexts including formal education, corporate sector, healthcare, non-profit, military, government, and more. Further the types of learning solutions created by instructional designers varies including learning programs, semester length courses, short workshops, eLearning, and job aids. Join Rebecca as she explores, what instructional designers do.

    Paula Thorsland - Being as effective and efficient as possible

    Paula Thorsland - Being as effective and efficient as possible

    Paula Thorsland holds a BA in English and education, and an MEd in instructional design. She has worked in the education field for 25 years as an instructor and more recently as an senior instructional designer and Manager of the eLearning and Instructional Design Team at UMass Boston. Her focus is to help faculty learn to use technology successfully in their online and face-to-face courses, while ensuring that course objectives are being met. In her free time, Paula is an avid sailor and mother of two daughters.


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    • 30 min
    Darlesa Cahoon - Literally walking on runways

    Darlesa Cahoon - Literally walking on runways

    Darlesa has been an instructional designer and learning technologist for over 15 years with 10 of those working for the Port of Seattle at Seattle Tacoma International Airport.  She holds an MA in Instructional Technology from University of Colorado at Denver.   She gets excited about imagining and developing online, hybrid, and instructor-led learning experiences which grab attention, encourage reflection, get learners laughing, sharing, and playing and motivating them to improve their lives … and at times simply making compliance training as painless as possible! 
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    • 21 min
    Arthur Harrington - Detectives and Problem Solvers

    Arthur Harrington - Detectives and Problem Solvers

    Arthur is a Learning and Development professional who has been in the instructional design field for over 20 years. He started his career training radiologists at mass general hospital in Boston. Arthur earned a masters in education at UMass Boston and returned to his alma mater to earn an MBA. Arthur has led the training operations for several high tech organizations and currently leads a team of technical trainers and writers.  
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    • 25 min
    Caroline Frankel - What instructional designers do

    Caroline Frankel - What instructional designers do

    Caroline Frankel received her MEd in Instructional Design and graduate certificate in Instructional and Learning Design from UMass Boston in May 2020. She currently works at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, Massachusetts as a Senior Instructional Designer. Caroline has provided leadership to her institution in online learning, as well as remote instruction initiatives following COVID-19. She's worked closely with the various clinical programs at her university on streamlining the remote instruction & assessment of clinical skills. Caroline tirelessly advocates for the student experience and helps her institution make data-informed decisions on instructional technology utilization &  integrations. Caroline enjoys mentoring ID students within the UMass Boston program and is a helpful resource if you're interested in a career in higher education or in corporate learning. 
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    • 26 min
    Terry Greene relates trains, mini-vans, and painting to Instructional Design

    Terry Greene relates trains, mini-vans, and painting to Instructional Design

    Terry Greene is Senior eLearning Designer at Trent University. He holds a B.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Alberta and a M.Sc. in Instructional Design & Technology from the University of North Dakota. He is interested in both the cutting and trailing edges of technology in education. Especially those uses that increase the human element in technology-enabled learning. Hint, hint, those are probably the more open ones.

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    • 22 min
    Karen Bellnier - What instructional designers do

    Karen Bellnier - What instructional designers do

    Karen has over 20 years of experience in the learning field. She led the process of creating a formal online learning program at the Community College of Rhode Island. At Johnson & Wales University, she created training faculty for online course development and delivery and worked closely with faculty developing online courses and managed a team of instructional designers and technologists. She has served as a reviewer for Blackboard's Exemplary Course Program, OLC Innovate & Accelerate conferences. She is an alum of the OLC Institute for Emerging Leaders in Online Learning and have presented at OLC's Accelerate, NEAAN, and the Distance Learning and Teaching Conference. Previous to joining higher education, Karen was a content developer for a museum exhibit design firm and the peer review manager for the American Alliance of Museums. 

    Currently, Karen is a doctoral student in the URI-RIC Education program. Her interests are in faculty support and development, digital teaching, and equitable teaching and learning practices, particularly in digital learning environments. She holds a M.A. in Educational Technology Leadership from The George Washington University, a M.S. in Developmental Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and B.A., Psychology & Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis.
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    • 29 min

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