This instructional design portfolio provides a small collection of instructional projects or helpful resources that I’ve created as a college instructor and educational blogger and YouTuber.
College Courses Designed and Taught: See Descriptions
The above link will take you to where I’ve compiled detailed descriptions of all the literature and composition courses I have taught. Over the span of six years, I have taught 20 sections of composition and/or literature courses. While two courses brought specific learning outcomes with them, I created and taught the curriculum for every course, and created the learning outcomes for many of them, as well.
Articulate Rise 360 Course:
This mini-course was created during my free trial of Rise 360. It is intended as a portfolio piece that can demonstrate my experience with this tool. This mini-course was inspired by the type of content I share on my educational blog and YouTube channel. Increasing student engagement is a major concern for all educators, but especially during this time of education upheaval. My goal with this piece was to create a quick course that educators can apply to their lives immediately.
Articulate Storyline 360 Course Module:
I used the 60-day free trial of Articulate 360 to gain foundational knowledge of this tool. Below is a video tour of the sample course module I created; the original voiceover audio is not included in the video. This module is intended as a portfolio piece. It is designed as the final module of a course. Note: I am using a color scheme that matches my own Ever Educating brand, as the Canvas video tutorials that I created for my YouTube channel audience are included as the “Refresh” materials in this module.
Interactive Activity: Pick an EdTech Tool for Your Classroom
I enjoy experimenting with new edtech. If a tool can increase audience engagement and interest, without adding a lot of work for the instructor, then I want my Ever Educating audience to know about it. Genially is an incredibly powerful free tool for educators, so I have begun experimenting with it in preparation to share it with my audience. [Created with Genially]
Text-Based Storyboard for “Pick an EdTech Tool” Activity: See Here
While visual storyboards are better for rapid prototyping, I think text-based storyboards are great for getting quick initial feedback from stakeholders and team members. As the project for this storyboard is not graphic or animation intensive, text-based just made the most sense. I still like creating an aesthetic piece, though, just to give my audience a sense of how the final visual might look.
PowerPoint Presentation: Create an Effective Learning Objective
This presentation was created in connection with the first video below. It’s target audience is anyone new to creating training programs. The goal of the presentation is to teach the audience about the ABCD Model of creating a learning objective. I go through the ABCD elements, provide a learning outcome example, lead the audience through creating their out outcome, and more. I created this presentation using Google Slides, then did final edits in PowerPoint to make sure the format transferred properly.
Instructional Video: “Talking Head” Style
My YouTube channel has almost 200 videos at this point. I create basic outlines for my videos, then record, edit, and promote them. This year, I also expanded my video creation skills to include live-streaming. Currently, I have almost 4,000 subscribers and 280,000 views. This video is just one example of the micro-learning experiences I provide to my audience. [Created with Canon M50 Mark II | Edited with Flixier]
Instructional Video: Edtech Tutorial
My edtech tutorials tend to be a bit longer than my teaching advice videos. I usually use a combination of Loom, my camera, and a video editing software to create these videos. I rely heavily on Loom for screen-recording my tutorials, though I’m interested experimenting with Camtasia next. I have created a couple tutorial series, but mostly create one-time overview tutorials. In an elearning course, I would create a series of shorter videos when teaching learners how to use a new tool. As YouTube viewers tend to watch one video before moving on, I don’t divide my edtech tutorials in this fashion. [Created with Canon M50 Mark II and Loom | Edited with Flixier]
Educational Blog Post: 11 Strategies for Creating Student Choice in the Classroom
I have almost 100 blog posts on this website. I have linked just one example above. I’m a big believer in increasing student engagement and interest by empowering students to make decisions about their educational experiences. This post provides educators with ideas for adding student choice into the classroom. [Created with WordPress]
Infographics are incredibly powerful education tools. As such, I use Canva to create them for my Ever Educating audience and my students. Infographics are one resource genre that I think every course can benefit from. They can be easily downloaded and used offline, and they provide quick reminders to learners about the most important information in a larger resource. [Created with Canva]