As a Director of River Restoration at American Rivers, I have worked in the river restoration field for more than fourteen years, focusing largely on dam removal planning and policy. A core focus of our work is building capacity at other organizations and agencies by providing access to educational resource materials, as well as training workshops and presentations. I am currently pursuing a graduate certificate in Learning Design and Technology at the Harvard Extension School in order to develop new training paradigms for in-person and online workshops for American Rivers. My instructional design technique is rooted in the Backward Design approach and the Understanding By Design framework. Regardless of whether I am designing a month-long course or running a two-hour webinar, my goal is for students to be able to apply the things they have learned and to be able to synthesize that knowledge and employ it in new and unique ways.  I believe the principles of instructional design have broad applicability across a number of sectors, including everything from community outreach and cause-related activism to professional conference presentations, and I look forward to using them to help others advance their efforts.

Instructional Design