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.
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?
As a lifelong learner, I push myself to keep learning new skills. Formally, I've earned the following qualifications:
Achieved Competent Communicator Award in 2017
Member since 2015
Currently serving as Vice President of Education for my club
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.