I love being a Learning Designer. I have always been engaged in learning in one way or another, either as a learner or education professional. Ultimately, my passion for learning has led me into the exciting world of e-learning and instructional design.
Having worked for some years in hospitality, customer service management and the civil service, in 2007 I joined the BA (hons) Writing programme at Dartington College of Arts. It was on a student placement that I first got involved in learning design, creating school resources for Black History Month. Since then, I have worked in a range of contexts, including supporting disabled students and adapting course materials to meet their needs.
In 2012, I joined British Gymnastics and soon became their first in-house instructional designer. Primarily focused on coaching courses, I played a leading role, involved in almost every aspect of e-learning since the project began. The launch of the Level 2 programme in 2014 received excellent feedback and the Level 1 programme, which applied a microlearning approach was successfully piloted in 2016.
I completed my PG Cert in Digital Education through the University of Edinburgh in January 2015 and I have complemented these studies with additional training and self-directed research in relevant subject areas such as project management, UX design and learning and development. I received certified membership from the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT) in November 2017.
In 2016, I joined Coventry University as Learning Technologist for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. I provide learning design consultation to course teams, design and lead staff development initiatives, and champion a number exciting projects like Domain of One’s Own within our faculty. I am currently developing initiatives to promote digital and professional resilience among staff and students as part of a community of practice. I am also engaging in related research areas, with a particular interest in the relationship between technology, social inequality, and higher education.