About

THE SKILLS
Experience

I'm an experienced instructional designer in the Madison, Wisconsin area. I currently work in the computer software industry and provide instructional consulting part-time. I founded Goldthorpe Learning Solutions LLC to bring the world fabulous training. I have experience designing training across a number of different industries and formats. I'm highly skilled in the rapid eLearning development tools Articulate Storyline, Articulate Rise, and Adobe Captivate. I can create and edit instructional videos in Camtasia and as a former trainer, I design rockin' PowerPoint decks.

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Allison Goldthorpe
THE PHILOSOPHY
Approach to Learning and Design

I like to think of training like maple syrup. Now, stay with me. With any given subject or task that a learner needs to know or be able to complete, there's a whole bunch of surrounding information. Some of it's relevant for teaching, and some of it actually distracts the learner and makes training less effective. Just like a maple syrup maker boils away water from sap, a good instructional designer can boil down given information into a cohesive and memorable story.

Afterwards, you're left with a fantastic end product that's great on pancakes. Err, great for making effective and measurable behavior changes.

With this philosophy, I focus on building materials that reduce the learner's cognitive load, are efficient and user-friendly, and look good. Because let's be honest, who wants to experience a training that looks like it was built in 1995?

THE QUALIFICATIONS
Certifications, Certificates, and More

As a lifelong learner, I push myself to keep learning new skills. Formally, I've earned the following qualifications:

 

University of Wisconsin Madison Crest
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professional Certificate in Online Education, 2015

B.S. International Agriculture and Applied Economics, 2006-2009

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Toastmasters International

Achieved Competent Communicator Award in 2017

Member since 2015

Currently serving as Vice President of Education for my club

Zendesk Certified Support Admin
Zendesk

Zendesk  Support Administrator Certification, 2017

This certification shows that I have the necessary knowledge to implement, configure, and manage an Enterprise account of Zendesk Support. In addition to passing this certification exam, I was part of the item writing team.

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