Instructional Designer Resources

IMG_0020The intention of this page is to give new instructional designers a foundation, a place to begin.  These are things that I have learned over the passed year or wish I would have known a year ago.  This is NOT an extensive list!

Build a Network

  • Social Media – If you do not have a Facebook or Twitter account, get one.  You can use these tools to build a network; to build a group of people that will inspire you or help you when you need it.
  • Association for Talent Development (ATD) – Join your local chapter and meet some like-minded people in your area.
  • Podcasts – Don’t just listen, connect with the people! They will all have twitter or LinkedIn or Facebook or Instagram or email accounts.  CONTACT them.  BUILD YOUR NETWORK!
    • TLDChat LIVE daily podcast of people in our industry.  This is a  live podcast.  You can ask questions and get feedback immediately.
    • DearID – recorded podcast that is great for the newbie and seasoned instructional designer.   The podcasts cover everything from tools to become a freelance designer.
    • Instructional Redesign – recorded podcast that includes stories and conversations about designing a learning experience.
    • The eLearning Coach – recorded podcast that covers all the bases for the instructional designer.  The podcast covers tools as well as voice overs and research based examples!
    • Catalyst Sale Podcast – recorded podcast that is focused on sales training BUT has a lot of information that is applicable to all realms of the creating a learning experience.  There are sessions on the difference between coaching and mentoring as well as time management.
  • Conferences – Meet new people!  Introduce yourself to someone new at each session.  Before you arrive, do your research.  What do you want to know?  Who do you want to meet?  What value is the conference to you?
    • Learning DevCamp – a small but powerful conference.  Meet some of the superstars of the industry.  At this conference you will not just sit and listen, you will roll up your sleeves and build!
    • Association for Talent Development (ATD) a larger conference that will have a lot of vendors and presenters.  A great way to get introduced to many different topics.
    • The eLearning Guild – offers three different conferences.  To help you select which one is right for you, they created a guide.  Download the pdf here.
    • Training, Learning, and Development Conference (TLDC) – another small but powerful conference.  Last year, I was able to attend their 2nd conference.  It was held in Phoenix, AZ.  There were a lot of very informative sessions that allowed me to ask questions and meet new people in the industry.
  • Webinars – Once you connect with the webinar providers, they will email you every time a new one is coming up or available.  It is a great way to keep yourself on top of new topics, visit ideas, and share with a group.
    • eLearning Brothers – here is an amazing list of recorded webinars covering all types of topics.
    • Learning Reinvented hosts webinars with community hour.  Here people share what they are working on and ask for feedback or advice.  It is a great way to build skills and your network.



  • Make a list of what you have tried.  When you try a new tool, write down first impressions, what you liked and what you did not.  Stick with the facts about the tool.  We have a method called Context, Pilot, and Report (CPR).  This method can be used on a small or large scale.  Basically, you research the tool by reading reviews, asking others about it, or researching it online.  Next, it is time to test out the product.  We like to try and break it!  Finally, record what you have learned.
  • Reflection is an important part of an journey.  The process is similar to making a list of what you tried, however, with reflection, the focus is more on emotions.  What did you really enjoy about a specific project.  What went well and why?  What did not go well and why?  This is your time to be honest with yourself and will help with self improvement.  Think of it as professional development.
  • Portfolio


  • Data visualization  is an important skill that all humans need.  Be a detective.  Stop and ask questions about what you will need to know or what you think others would need to know.  For example, when you create a course, you want to know how many people took the course, but wouldn’t you also want to know if they watched all of the video?
  • Get comfortable with coding.  This will help you talk with different departments or people at a different level.  It will also help you understand what data is and is not available.  If you are interested in learning xAPI, join the Torrance Learning xAPI Cohort.  It is a free way to learn by doing with others just like you!



Video Creation


I have recently been exploring a green screen.  I won it at the Learning DevCamp Conference in June 2017.  I have played around with different apps, but the most user friendly so far is DoInk.  I have been having a lot of fun adding images to my green screen and my kids have been playing too!  Next I have played with iMovie to edit the video and add text.  More fun to come.

I was nominated to present at the TEDxPSU Conference in February 2018.  In the application, you are required to create a 3 minute video of yourself and pitch your talk about the idea you would like to share.  Here is the video:



I have also been dabbling in PowToons.  This is a great software program where you can animate and incorporate voiceover.  The video below is for my practicum project for my Master in Learning Technology program.  I am working with Dr. Cindy Zellefrow to revise the current module map of her Massive Open Online Course: Evidence Based Practice in Healthcare.  Check it out… It is FREE!  EBP is a great tool, not only in the healthcare realm.  It teaches us to be curious and look at as many angles as we can.



My repertoire showcases specific examples of accomplishments.  There is an example of a needs analysis, course outline, video creation, and content creation on this page. Unless otherwise noted, the photos throughout this web portfolio were taken and edited by me, typically using Pixlr and my iPhone 7.

Needs Analysis: analyze

Photo from google search with permission

The Needs Analysis was part of an individual class project.  I want to create an Introductory MS Access course for our trainees to take prior to the larger training.  I want the course to be available online and to be “chunked” in a way that different levels of users can pick and choose their learning.

Creating a plan for a week of instruction:

RoadMapSampleIcon The weekly road map is an example of a plan that I constructed for a course’s week of instruction.  The initial road map for the course had generic learning objectives, inconsistently formatted references, and no overall direction for the week.  I added a short intro video, clear expectations, and directive learning objectives.

Video Creation: 

VideoPowToons_Option2    For the weekly road map, I created two intro videos using PowToon.  Due to the user level I have purchased in WordPress, I cannot embed the video, but the link when the pic above is clicked will take you to my YouTube channel that has both videos.

Content Creation for eLearning Game: Twine

With a team of peers, I created a game in Twine that reinforced the material covered during a week of instruction.  My responsibility was to created the content of the game.  I constructed the content using a flow chart: EBP Twine – The Sneezer – Option 1.  The chart was saved as a google doc. This option made the process of sharing and making changes much smoother.


TEDxPSU 2As briefly mentioned in the About Me section, my areas of interest are broad yet specific.  My interest in teaching has been ingrained from a young age, but has been honed with each experience.  I would like to investigate technology incorporation for adult basic literacy and education.  I have done a little research on the topic of GED preparation for a class project and I am currently investigating the literature available.  I also find my self naturally inclined to find solutions for people that are “on the job” but need to fine tune skills to grow professionally and do their job better.  For example, my brother works for the post office.  He would like to be more involved with the union, but the bylaws and regulations are very tedious and, given his little time off of work, he finds himself unable to learn them.  I am working with him to make audio recordings along with examples so that he can listen while he walks.


Association for Education Communication & Technology (AECT) – October 2018

Myself along with Dr. Correia, Dr. Archambault, Cara North, and Natalie Gintert will form a panel to discuss the modern portrait of an online masters student in education.  This discussion will cover different topics like how we all felt about each experiences included things that worked well and things that need improvement.

Learning DevCamp – June 2018

– I presented on my first year in Instructional Design.  To gather information, I searched the internet, reflected on my own experiences and used twitter, Facebook, slack, and email to gather information from peers.  The presentation boiled down the information to four categories: Networking, Exploring, Reporting, and Data.

TEDxPSU 2018 – February 2018


The title of my TEDxPSU talk is Beyond the Numbers: a Data Analysts journey.  When doing data analysis, investing time with people and the process of analyzing data, as well as it’s resources, will allow you to better understand the information. It will significantly benefit the data analysis process as well as the results from that analysis. Exploring your mindset and getting to place of neutrality and purpose while working can help clear the mind to do a more thorough and complete study. Look at the big picture and the small; understand the bias and the purpose. Data analytics is as much an art as it is a science. Anyone with any background can be curious and investigate information to tell a complete story. TEDxPSU 1

Association for Education Communication & Technology (AECT) – November 2017


Dr. Ana-Paula Correia, Cara North, Anna Leach and Natalie Gintert

– With a team of 3 other class mates, Cara North, Tim Nunn, and Natalie Gintert and our mentor, Dr. Correia, presented on the evaluation of the Duolingo English Test.  The round table was hosted at the 2017 International Convention held in Jacksonville, FL.

Innovate – Impact at the Ohio State University  –  May 2017

TANC at Innovate

Team TANC: Anna Leach, Cara North, Natalie Gintert, Tim Nunn

– With a team of 3 other class mates, Cara North, Tim Nunn, and Natalie Gintert we presented on formative evaluation of a learning tool prior to implementation.  We were mentored by our professor for formative evaluation, Dr. Correia.   A recording of the presentation can be found here.  My speaking part, on the importance of completing a learning try-out (or pilot) is from minute 16:33 to 23:39.  At the end of the presentation, I also participate in responding to several questions from the audience; Questions begin at minute 33:50.


In Spring of 2017, we worked on revising a week of instruction for the College of Nursing at the Ohio State University.  The Chief Innovation Office, Tim Raderstorf, sent a letter of thanks – TANC Letter of Thanks


University of Arizona – Autumn 2018 to (anticipated) Spring 2022

PhD in Information

Current classes are Data Mining and Discovery, Foundations of Information, Intro to Applied Technology.


The Ohio State University – Autumn 2016 to Autumn 2017

Master of Learning Technologies Program

Completed classes are Formative Evaluation, Introduction to Instructional Design, Teaching Online, and Learning Culture and Technology, Applied Instructional Design and Issues and Practices in Educational Technology, and Website Development.


The Ohio State University – Spring 2010 to Spring 2015

NonDegree Certificate in Management through Fisher College of Business

Have taken several classes at the Ohio State University as a non-degree student (Intro to Research, Data Track, Education Philosophies, and Family Finance)


Seton Hill University – Graduated in 2004

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics   

  • Developed syllabus and coursework for class in remedial algebra
  • Tutored in Linear Algebra, Algebra, and Calculus I
  • Created Maple tutorials in an independent study


To review and print a pdf of my full resume, click here.

Teaching Experience

To review and print a pdf of my full resume, click ARLeach_CV_2017.

ESETEC 7278 – Formative Evaluation of Learning Technologies – Online

October 3, 2016 to October 7, 2016

  • Facilitated discussion by encouraging participation through the creation of a safe and productive environment, asking leading questions of the group members and inviting less participatory individuals to jump into the discussion.
  • Led discussion by keeping the participants focused on topics related to their readings, encouraging them to adopt multiple views of the same issues, and fostering different ways of expression (text, video, still images, audio, etc.).


ESETEC 6228 – Issues and Practices in Learning Technologies – Online                            

February 8, 2017 to February 15, 2017

  • Created a lecture presentation in Prezi for the week of instruction.
  • Using Google Docs, created a signup sheet for the students to select their topic of interest for discussion.
  • Facilitated discussions


Instructional Design and Trainer for two in-person courses

1. Data Acquisition and Analysis

2. eReports training

April 2009 to October 2014

  • Working with the contracted instructional designer, worked as the subject matter expert to help in designing content for the training for university staff on gathering data from the student information system. After the ID’s contract expired, I was responsible for updating and maintain the material as well as facilitating the training monthly.
  • Evaluated and redesigned the training after the transition from quarters to semesters in 2012.
  • Created additional job aids to help attendees as they developed their skills after the initial training.

Currently have Fingerprint Clearance Card and Provisional Adult Education Certification through the Arizona Department of Education.


Work Experience

  • Currently, I am a part-time Senior Data Analytics and Reporting Analyst for the Ohio State University.
  • I am also working as an Instructional Designer – Intern at Catalyst Sale
  • Previously, I was Senior Assistant Director of the Student Records Reporting area of Enrollment Services at the Ohio State University from June of 2006 until July 2016.  In July 2016 I went part-time to pursue my Master degree in Learning Technologies.

To review and print a pdf of my full resume, Leach_Resume_2017.