In our first five years in New Zealand I worked as a freelance instructional designer while our family settled in our new home country. I gained local experience and acknowledgement for my design approaches. In 2011 I stepped into the role of Senior Instructional Designer at Kineo Pacific, leading the design and development of large e-learning projects for corporate and government clients.
A hunger for a more holistic application of my user-centered design interests led me to leave corporate e-learning after three years to start an academic adviser role at Unitec. I advised on the development and design of online courses and assessments for tertiary students, developing the capability of staff. In parallel I took up a role as instructional designer at Waitemata District Health Board. In this role I contributed to the transformation of the existing waterfall process towards an agile production environment and collaborative learning design processes.
In the past two years I have returned to freelance e-learning design. Each of my projects starts with design events with the client to achieve an outcome-oriented design process. Rapid prototyping and a collaborative agile approach with stakeholders result in a story-driven learning experience. I also coach ID teams to embrace new design approaches in their workplace.