Instructional Design, A New Frontier

Exploring career opportunities has been a fascinating part of my journey.  After pouring dozens of hours into Linkedin, Edsurge, Monster, and, although I’m afraid to admit this, craigslist; I finally found a career that seemed exciting.  I kept running into all these new terms; curriculum design, instructional specialist, learning and management, train the trainer, and the list just kept growing!  This led me to identify key terms and trends, ultimately leading me to a new passion, Instructional Design. Articulate, Camtasia, Snagit, Storyline!?  What are these new programs?  I have never even heard of this field, but kept seeing corporations, businesses, and higher education ask for proficiency in these topics.  It behooved me to learn about these programs and I slowly began my journey into a new environment. Unfortunately for me, a new program costs money, and as I was in between contracts, that just was not going to happen.  I decided to write up a few grants to secure funding for the items I would need; Captivate, Storyline 2, Camtasia/Snag-it, and a recording device, in this case I went with the Swivl.  While this proved to be a bit of a problem, I relied on my ability to plan curriculum, present information, and secure funds by reaching out the community.  With a bit of elbow grease, spit (not literally, of course!) and hard work, the Lawrence Livermore Labs funded my project, and the Pine Valley Education Fund covered the rest! I am eternally grateful to all of the amazing support I’ve received from the community and hope to bring something back to the K12 platform as I break into this new venture.
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