About Me and My Work

My CV in PDF format for your perusal.

I am based in Chicago and work as an instructional designer, mainly in medical education. I have designed and developed instructional methods and curriculum in different formats (e.g. face-to-face, blended, fully online – synchronous and asynchronous). 

The term instructional design (ID) refers to the systematic and reflective process of translating principles of learning and instruction into plans for instructional materials, activities, information resources, and evaluation. As an ID, I design solutions that are not only functional but also attractive or appealing to the end-user. I establish problem-solving procedures to aid in making decisions about designs and Instructional Technologists (ITs) help facilitate educators’ use of various technologies that they need to accomplish their jobs. It is certainly realistic that one can have either title and the capacity to have both skill-sets. There is a lot of overlap between the two terms.

I work very closely with our faculty. I bring experience in learning theories, online teaching methodologies, learning management systems, and creative ways to incorporate effective web tools and technologies to engage our students and enhance instructional experiences. Our faculty has mastery of the course content and valuable classroom experience to inform course development, so we work together to develop a shared understanding of the course content and flow.

At the most fundamental level, instructional designers and technologists are intermediaries, bridging the intellectual and attitudinal gaps that exist between academics and students, and facilitating the use of those supported technologies which they need to accomplish their roles. While faculty members are experts in their respective fields of study. Faculty do not necessarily possess all the knowledge and skills needed to handle and manage the myriad (and often changing) technological tools which they are expected to use, particularly if they teach online courses.  So it falls to instructional designers and technologists to offer them as-needed guidance, training, and technical support.

Another key role which instructional technologists play is to continually explore new ways in which technology can enhance the educational process. As new and sometimes transformative technologies regularly emerge, it is the instructional technologists that use their technical aptitudes along with knowledge of pedagogical principles and theory to innovate new and improved solutions to educational challenges.

About Me

I have been the Instructional Designer at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago campus since December 2013. In late 2018, I was promoted to be the first-ever Director of Instructional Design and Learning Innovation at the university and in the college. I work closely with faculty to design, plan, and evaluate the curriculum. I lead a regular series of workshops designed to create stronger communities of teaching and learning. I am also an Instructor in the Department of Medical Education, the oldest and largest such department of scholarly research in medical education in the world.

I read. A lot. My experience in the library world gives me a unique ability to be an excellent searcher in library databases. I synthesize the medical education and instructional design literature to advise administration and faculty on current theories and trends, to meet the changing demands of the academic environment.

UIC uses Blackboard as the learning management system (LMS). I work closely with faculty to determine the best student-centered design using evidence-based principles. I have also partnered with other offices in the college to analyze confidential data on student performance, faculty instruction, curriculum content, and delivery. I create longitudinal benchmarks with this data.

I am a doctoral candidate in Instructional Technology at Northern Illinois University and plan to graduate in May 2020.

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6765-4015

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?view_op=list_works&hl=en&user=7AqCy2IAAAAJ

Slides: https://www.slideshare.net/maxlibris