Dave Blanchard

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This portfolio showcases a selection of my instructional design work, ranging in scope as small as a job-aid, to as large as a university guide for licensure requirements. Each artifact below is the result of many client conversations, analysis of learners and content, the design and development of interactions, and evaluations - If you are interested in reading through the documentation on any of these learning objects - let's get in touch to nerd-out together.

As a contract instructional designer, consultant, and speaker - I am always open to working with new clients, meeting with schools, or customizing a talk on your needs. If you are interested in partnering, get a hold of me here.

Instructional Design Artifacts

So how can you gauge my skills? Take a look at some of my work! Much of my instructional design work is directly in correlation with the end client. Keeping your learner in mind, together we can craft a learning plan to ensure all of your employees, customers, or end clients are well educated in your content, delivered through your message, and reinforced by your brand. In each of the examples below, I either designed (or co-designed) and was the lead developer.

Customized Learning Modules

When designing fully customized learning modules, I prefer to use Adobe Captivate. With Captivate, we are able to work together to design high-quality content that includes video, quizzes, and even branching learning paths. This example highlights branching content and knowledge checks.

Click the sample to the right to see an example learning module created for a local university's Information Media department.

Program Orientation Module - St. Cloud State University

Engaging Custom Video

Video can either be "engaging or enraging" for learners. Video content that is well produced and includes appropriate use of multimedia, dynamic visuals, and professional voice-overs tends to have better results when previewed to end-learners.

Click the sample to the left to see an example custom video created for a new edTech startup looking to expand their "just-in-time" training resources.

Enriching Learning Scenarios

Custom learning modules are only as strong as their learner assessment. By utilizing learning scenarios one can not only review content, but also apply learned knowledge/skills in controlled scenarios. Scenarios can be designed to offer supportive or corrective feedback and even route tracking information to your LMS.

Click the sample to the right to see a fully customized learning experience concluding with with example scenarios.

Interactive Job-Aids

When designing fully customized learning modules, I prefer to use Adobe Captivate. With Captivate, we are able to work together to design high-quality content that includes video, quizzes, and even branching learning paths.

Click the sample to the left to see an example learning module created for a local university's Information Media department.

Your Needs within Your Resources

When designing learning solutions, I always work closely with clients to ensure that their needs are being met within their resources (both technologically and financially) to ensure a successful project.

Click the sample to the right to see an example learning module created using a web-hosted, budget priced, learning resource tool.

Reflection + Professional Call to Action

My thoughts on my personal graduate journey can be summed up in three major points:

  • I love the design and development phases of projects. Being able to take your need from idea to actualization is amazing.
  • I love learning theory and design theory. Call me a nerd - but when amazing practices are backed up with scholarly research, I get excited.
  • Evaluation must be embedded in everything we do - not only in training, eLearning, or technology integration - we must evaluate our interactions, choices, and personal missions - we can always be improving. If evaluation falls at the end of a process - it is too late.

Call to Action

Even though it took me quite an investment of finances, resources, time, and sanity to determine these three major points - I picked up plenty of other forms of knowledge, skills, and strategies that I am offering for your disposal. Bring me in to work with your team and see the powerful learning experiences we can design together. The only thing stopping us is the fact that we have yet to meet.

Resume

So now you have seen my work and read a little about my passions within Instructional Design. If you are interested in working together in the future, please check out my resume, LinkedIn account, and contact me to chat!