After nearly three years of developing instructional materials and multimedia for the National Emergency Management Association, a national nonprofit association, I moved over to the realm of higher education and accepted a position as instructional designer for Northern Kentucky University in January. My interest in instructional and educational technologies had begun about a decade ago, and I earned a master’s degree with that focus just a few years later. I’ve kept abreast of current technologies and gained a wealth of knowledge and skills while working as technology analyst for NEMA. My “dream” was to have the official title of instructional designer or developer, and I’ve achieved that dream this year.
In the two months I’ve worked for NKU, I’ve learned so much about Blackboard and related technologies, and I’ve already been working with seven faculty members in designing their online courses. Providing recommendations on design, best practices, and potential software solutions is, of course, a primary responsibility. In addition, I have presented at two “lightning round” sessions to introduce technologies to faculty; my topic areas were Blackboard Collaborate (a synchronous classroom solution within the Blackboard LMS) and the Web 2.0 tool Screenr (a free screencasting application by Articulate that saves up to five minutes of recording as an .mp4 file). I also have assisted faculty members in creating banners, navigation videos, and other multimedia for their online courses.
Once a faculty member and I complete the design and development of an online course, I send him/her source files and help materials related to that course. For one of the first courses I assisted with, I’ve done a number of tutorials for the instructor on how to modify his course so that he can use the same design for other courses. You can view one such tutorial video below. (Excuse the overflow of the video into the right column; I didn’t want to distort the true dimensions.)
I love developing multimedia and instructional materials, and I hope to continue this for a long, long time!