Hi! I’m Britta. I am an Instructional Designer. I love learning and I love learning about learning—so very meta, right?
I have been a college faculty member and administrator, a writer, an LMS Administrator, a instructional designer, an e-Learning developer, a project manager, and more, but my favorite aspects about designing learning experiences include:
- Partnering with a Subject Matter Expert and seeing a course come to life.
- Training other learning professionals to leverage learning science and instructional design to create a meaningful Learner Experience
- Taking the big picture approach and creating a comprehensive plan for Performance Improvement and on-going evaluation and improvement (Kaizen).
- Seeing what we know about learning science at work in the world (and having a hand in putting it there!)
I also enjoy working in authoring tools, especially Articulate Rise 360, Articulate Storyline 360, Camtasia 2020, and Vyond (and I’m always excited to learn something new!). Though I do not YET have a currently have a proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, it’s on my list for this year. My next favorite thing (and one of my greatest strengths), after course design and development, is writing—writing is both a hobby and professional strength. I also love brainstorming and applying my knowledge of learning and human performance theories and instructional design, to real-world problems, and designing solutions. I’m very detail-oriented, which helps me to enjoy my favorite things even more!
A little background about me: I am a former dental hygienist and dental hygiene educator. Before staying home with my kiddos, homeschooling for 7 years, and moving around with my military husband, I was the Clinic Supervisor and an Assistant Professor in the Dental Hygiene Program at LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans, and a recipient of the LSU School of Dentistry Allen A. Copping Excellence in Teaching Award.
I received my MEd in Higher Education Administration from the University of New Orleans while teaching at LSU School of Dentistry. I received an MS in Instructional Design and Development from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I collaborated with the Department of Social Work at Samford University when they built an online program to complement the existing face-to-face MSW program. Nowadays, I create training and performance interventions at a hip little software company in Birmingham, AL.
I grew up with a Marine Corps dad, and my husband was an Air Force dentist. In 2016, after my lifetime of moving, I finally settled with my family in the beautiful Magic City. My husband, Scott, is retired from the military and is enjoying private practice in Alabaster, AL. I am the mother of Gracie and Josh, two very awesome teenagers.
If you’d like to know even MORE about me, you can read about my personality type and my DISC profile here. I have a special interest in Seligman’s Positive Psychology, Cooperrider’s Appreciative Inquiry, Duckworth’s Grit and Dweck’s Growth Mindset—you can see my work in these areas here and here. In addition, here are some samples of essays and writing for Academic projects.
In my professional work, I lean on Social Learning, Connectivism, Cognitive Load Theory, Growth Mindset, Appreciative Inquiry, Self-Determinative, Constructivism (and experiential learning), and Cognitive Apprenticeship (which might be my favorite!). You can see all of these aspects of learning science, in action, (and more!) by visiting my professional portfolio.