My name is Maxie-Lew. I’m an instructional designer & lifelong learner.

Maxie-Lew Dunn is a current student at the University of Tampa graduating with her MS in Instructional Design & Technology in May of 2021. She received her BA in New Media Production in May of 2019, also from the University of Tampa.

As a graduate student, Maxie-Lew focused on implementing theories of learning cognition, multimedia design and development, systematic instructional design, technology, and open learning environments. She has experience working with numerous learning management systems such as Blackboard, Moodle, and Canvas. Maxie-Lew enjoys designing instruction utilizing the Articulate Suite and her skills in the Adobe Creative Suite. She likes to add some flare with tools like Powtoon, Camtasia, and Snagit.

As an undergraduate student, Maxie-Lew focused on designing and creating applications for interactive media. mobile platforms, and the internet for artistic, experimental, and/or commercial intent. She took courses in areas such as film, animation, music, information and technology management, communication, writing, and graphic design. Maxie-Lew was able to master most applications within the Adobe Suite and has general coding knowledge of HTML5/CSS3, Java, JavaScript, and PHP.

Maxie-Lew is currently working for Texas State Technical Colleges as an Instructional Designer II. She works closely with faculty assisting them in course design and content design within the LMS used. Maxie-Lew currently lives in Tampa, FL but is relocating to Atlanta, GA in July of 2021.

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What is Instructional Design?

Every learner is different, so not all instruction will work for everyone. Instructional design is taking each individual learner’s needs into account, and creating content that can best help them achieve their goals. Some may be auditory learners and some may be visual, some may prefer to learn synchronously and some may prefer to learn asynchronously, but studying instructional design prepares you to utilize different learning theories and teaching methods to tackle each individual learner’s need.

 Goals Statement

I currently work in higher education and absolutely love it. I foresee myself staying at my current job of Instructional Designer II for a state-funded technical school for at least a few years. If/when I do decide to look for additional work opportunities I want to stay in higher education. I enjoy working closely with instructors from numerous fields and aiding them in making their online courses better through instructional design principles. In the future, I would like to have my same current responsibilities but also take on the task of managing other instructional designers within my department.

My portfolio is split up into three different sections. In “Most Recent Work” you will find my latest and greatest projects. In “Creative Instruction” you will find instructional projects created using platforms like Canvas, Rise 360, and Articulate Storyline. In “Research” you will find examples of my research and writing capabilities.¬† Each section pertains to an important element of instructional design.