A brief story of user centered research

  1.  Summer job. Assistant butterfly chaser: age 7

Wendy, a girl in my neighborhood, was  fascinated by butterflies.  She knew all their Latin names, where to find and how to catch them. She had a meticulously maintained mounted collection and all the equipment of a young lepidopterist. It was my first summer of intense and focused observation and a wonderful time running in the field behind our neighborhood chasing things in flight.butterfly

Swim Lane

swimlane

A swim lane (or swimlane diagram) is a visual element used in process flow diagrams, or flowcharts, that visually distinguishes job sharing and responsibilities .

My Hiring Process Swim Lane Flowchart

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-6-07-24-pm#swimlane, #hireme, #swimlaneflowchart, #literalillustration, #powerinexperience

The evolution of ideas and career choices

A post from the past.

Personal Statement

November 28th, 2012

In 2011 I made the transition from web design & interactive development to teaching. In the Fall of 2011 I completed my Master of Science in Technology from the Arizona State Polytechnic campus and I am teaching Digital Design courses for both face-to-face and online courses. With the exceptional guidance of Dr. Laurie Ralston from the GIT department, I will be teaching 3 courses at the Polytechnic campus this Spring.

As I continue to seek to gain knowledge about instruction I completed a seminar on the Learning Studio online teaching platform. I was so impressed with the methods of content delivery that I spoke with Marc Van Horne, the Director of ASU Teach Online, and was encouraged by his enthusiasm for the MaryLou Fulton Program.

I spend a great deal of time defining course content, developing engaging lab modules and designing guidelines meant to promote and benefit a student’s understanding as they continue learning. At this stage in my career I want to learn more about the best methods and modes of instructional design and the certificate program sounds ideal. My goal is to improve my skills and understanding of instructional design so that I can educate students to learn, become confident and gain knowledge.

Exposure to life

My New-ish Rules

  1. Time. Routines are awesome and comfortable but breaking out on an adventure for an hour or day or week or month- nobody can take that from you- that’s living life.
  2. Reach. Find out what you want by exposing yourself to a variety of places, tastes, experiences and people. Sight-seeing seems to have more than one meaning.
  3. Embrace. Be bliss-filled. Bliss is a state of mind and can be momentary but repeatable. Hiking, a great conversation, a surprise date, a good slice, a nice glass of wine, a hug.. I’m certain you get my drift.
  4. Think. Ideas are live spark and may lead you towards innovative results. Try out your ideas; talk about them, develop them, don’t be shy to share. Innovation is an ignited spark.
  5. Failure. There is truth in that experience, buzzword or not. Like the Nike mantra: Just Do it. or the old-timey version: “if at first you don’t succeed try and try again”.

#ex-routine, #exposuretolife, #blissful,#creativegenuine,#boxlessthinker, #fallandfail, #getonupa

Design Strategy

sara-skills

Social Media & Communication Strategist: Develop messaging strategy and build relationships with customers; engage them using visual elements, tone of voice, authentic storytelling, series of events, or explanations of processes. Develop social media plans and standardize the process and workflow. Conduct ongoing research; analysis of trends, conversation tracking, competitive comparisons, and evaluation of initiatives.