Professional Information & Background
Even though my career started out in sign language interpreting, I have always been drawn to teaching and training. The results of a career survey in 2017 conclusively indicated that my perfect job match was in the training field. I knew exactly where to go: The University of Cincinnati's IDT Graduate Program. I enrolled in January 2018. I had the heart and the will for what it takes to be a trainer, but clearly not the knowledge of what goes into developing learning opportunities for others. Each course I have taken has built upon my foundational skill set. I learned about Grounded Design with different epistemologies, learning theories, instructional theories, and how they all need to align. And in another course, I didn't realize that one could have an assessment philosophy! I explored my philosophy as well as how to write assessments, and create rubrics with clear measurable components. I researched cognitive load and how that effects the interpreting process. I created various multimedia lessons with goals of being persuasive and informative. I learned about digital design and presenting information in an accessible, yet visually pleasing way, and designed an accessible audio lesson.