Hi. I’m Jason Norris.
My experiences and education are diverse.
What I’m doing now is combining all of that and pursuing a career in instructional design.
Currently . . .
I am an Instructional Technology Assistant for ACCESS in the Office of Teaching Innovation and Digital Education at the University of Alabama.
I create the lessons students see and hear using digital media and web design tools, such as Storyline from Articulate, Camtasia, Adobe Audition, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver.
Previously . . .
I was a radio DJ in the 90s, studied video and communication in the early 2000s, worked for Alabama Public Radio, studied education and teaching in seminary, and did freelance media work in voiceovers, editing, and podcast production.
As a podcaster, I have been producing podcasts like learning modules. This is the basic idea.
- Each episode is a lesson.
- Each lesson is an episode.
Some episodes (lessons) are part of a more extensive collection, deeply exploring a concept (like “how to make a podcast”).
Other episodes stand alone.
Podcasts are a vital part of the learning design, but other media can play a role too.
My pursuit . . .
I want to be an instructional designer.
I have been using LinkedIn Learning courses and reading books as well as articles to further my understanding of this field, learning basic concepts, such as ADDIE, Backward Design, Bloom’s, and using an LMS.
I also worked with an instructional design coach to help me learn the ins and outs of working in this industry.
I’ve been at this for several years, producing many podcasts and episodes that are designed for on-the-go learning. In the archives, you can find lessons on principles of learning, teaching, podcasting, and effective communication.