I'm an experienced instructional designer in the Minneapolis, MN area. I founded Goldthorpe Learning Solutions LLC to bring the world powerful learning solutions. I have experience designing training across a number of different industries and formats. My skills include conducting needs assessments, storyboarding, evaluation, and working with the following tools: Articulate Storyline, Articulate Rise, Camtasia, Vyond, Illustrator, and more!

Allison Goldthorpe, APTD
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?

Certifications, Certificates, and More

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


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University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professional Certificate in Online Education, 2015

B.S. International Agriculture and Natural Resources (major- Agriculture and Applied Economics), 2006-2009

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Association for Talent Development

Associate Professional in Talent Development Certification, 2017-2020

This certification shows that I have expertise in instructional design, training delivery, learning technologies, global mindsets, and evaluating learning impacts.

Project Management for Learning Professionals Certificate, 2016

Mobile Learning Certificate, 2015

Course: Essentials of Performance-based Job Aids, 2017

Course: Essentials of Effective Compliance eLearning, 2018

Course: Essentials of Survey Design, 2018

Course: Essentials of Designing Accessible (508 Compliant) Programs and Materials, 2018

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The eLearning Guild

Javascript Development for Digital Learning Workshop, 2017

Assessments, Simulations, and Scenarios with Storyline, 2017

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Earned a level of Intermediate Advanced on the Brazilian Ministry of Education's fluency exam Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros, "Certificate of Proficiency in Portuguese for Foreigners"

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Toastmasters International

Achieved Competent Communicator and Competent Leader awards in 2017.

Zendesk Certified Support Admin

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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