Miranda’s love of writing, education and IT brought her to a career in elearning design in 2002, at U&I learning in Ghent, Belgium. Her penchant for stories and gameful designs are what set her learning designs apart, and this focus has only grown over the past 18 years.
Writing and stories
Good writing is her passion, whether it’s in a fairy tale, an interactive fiction game, a training manual, an elearning course or a magazine article.
Miranda believes stories are at the base of every good design, from the start of the project to the end product. She starts every project with a deep learning needs analysis with SMEs and future users. She asks them probing questions and encourages them to tell their own stories, actively listening to use those experiences in her work. That is how storytelling, solid information design and iterative project management bring her designs to life.
Sharing good practice
Miranda also loves to share her experience with other learning designers, in talks on conferences, workshops and a kind and encouraging coaching style. Also eager to learn more herself, she currently engages in PhD studies, applying the craft of game writing masters in narrative games to make even better interactive stories for learning.
Miranda Verswijvelen is originally from Antwerp, Belgium but has lived in beautiful Aotearoa for 15 years now. With her husband and three university-aged boys, she enjoys beautiful views over the Manukau Harbour from her home in West Auckland.