303 Surviving to Thriving as a One-person Training Team

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Wednesday, November 16

Instructional Design


Are you the trainer, instructional designer, coordinator, project manager, and business analyst for your organization, all in one? Are you constantly moving from one role to the next while feeling overwhelmed by endless training projects? As a one-person training team, it’s common to feel challenged by constant time management, project intake and prioritization, development, delivery, and analysis you have to do on a regular basis. How do you reclaim control from this chaos?

In this session, you’ll focus on practical steps you can take right now to make being a one-person training team easier through strategic planning and processes. You’ll explore strategies for creating structured processes and learn how to use your peers, requesters, and project sponsors to offset your workload. You’ll also find out about methods for focusing on core competencies. Through this session, you’ll learn how to transition from being a “jack of all trades and master of none” to a focused individual who can carefully navigate multiple projects and requests at once.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Techniques for creating a training intake process
  • Best practices for balancing all of your job responsibilities
  • Methods of organizing project tasks and deadlines
  • Strategies for communicating with your stakeholders
  • Strategies for setting expectations with your requesters and project sponsors

Novice and intermediate designers and developers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Google Forms, Kerika, Google Keep, Canva, Gravity Forms, and other low-cost cloud-based tools.

Matthew Saavedra

Associate Director of Technical Services

University of Washington

Matthew Saavedra is an associate director of technical services for the department of enrollment management at the University of Washington. He has more than a decade of experience in the field of eLearning and instructional design. In his current role, Matt manages a training function for university student information systems, IT, and data functions, and he teaches a course in eLearning design and development. He has previously worked at Washington Mutual, Verizon Wireless, and Adobe Systems. Matt holds a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of New Mexico and a master’s in business administration from Washington State University.

Bonnie Roberts

Learning Manager

University of Washington

Bonnie Roberts is a learning and communications manager for the department of enrollment management at the University of Washington. She has a strong background in eLearning, instructional design, usability testing, written and oral communication, and document and web design. Bonnie has been in training and design roles in both higher education and corporate industries, and she is passionate about designing and developing innovative training strategies to enhance the learning experience. She holds a bachelor of science degree in technical communication with a minor in communications from Mercer University.

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