My name is Janet Roberts, and I'm an instructional designer for the School of Adult and Online Education at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to my current position, I worked as an instructional design assistant at Engineering-LAS Online Learning at Iowa State University for three years. Throughout my experience, I have utilized WebCT, Blackboard, Desire2Learn, and Moodle learning management systems.
Most of my experience involves the development of asynchronous online courses, developing instructional materials, restructuring courses to meet specific guidelines, and aiding instructors through the transition of online learning. I take pride in my ability to reassure instructors and train them to use technology effectively.
Some of the projects I've been involved in range from developing a series of learning videos designed to teach communication to engineering students, to developing a primate behavior course with an instructor stationed in Senegal. I have developed several media rich courses and have experience in obtaining copyright and streaming rights for audio and video clips. In addition, I have evaluated many online courses and proposed improvements to other instructional designers and instructors. More recently, I am in charge of the development of the BSN-Completion program at Maryville University, a series of nine core courses and several general education courses.
I believe that my undergraduate degree in Technical Communication, combined with my Master's degree in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication and minor in Curriculum and Instructional Technology, have provided me with a very powerful set of tools to contribute to the field of instructional design. I've attained a wide variety of skills, learning concepts of graphic design, video editing, and web development as part of my studies. I've worked with a range of tools, including Adobe Presenter, the Adobe Creative Suite, Camtasia, Captivate, Articulate, and Storyline. I put my love for technology and learning to use as I explore new ways to integrate technology into the field of education.