Sharing What Works

March 22 – 24, 2017 Orlando, FL

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LS802 Collaborative Instructional Design in a Virtual Environment

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Thursday, March 23

Instructional Design


The benefits of collaboration are well known, and today the tools available to extend collaborative efforts across time and space (geography) are plentiful. However, merely having collaborative platforms doesn’t necessarily mean collaboration will happen.

This session will discuss successful, rapid learning design collaboration in a virtual remote work world. It will focus on roles, tools, and communication to leverage design capabilities to rapidly develop virtual learning aids and performance support. Examples of projects at various stages of development may be shared during this session (from storyboard to launch) to illustrate the process while discussing best practices. This session will explore collaborative instructional design in a virtual environment—specifically, how instructional design teams can work collaboratively while members are in geographically separate locations.

In this session, you will learn:

  • About various communication tools that are advantageous to remote teams
  • About best practices for remote collaboration
  • About pitfalls to be avoided during remote collaboration
  • Why clear delineation of tasks and roles is critical to project success
  • About the benefits of remote collaboration

Novice to advanced designers, developers, project managers, and managers.

Gretchen Luongo

Instructional Designer (eLearning)

US Army

Gretchen Luongo is an instructional designer of eLearning for the US Army, and has worked for the Army for over 15 years. She has been a senior web-based instructional designer for the Army School for Family and MWR for nearly a decade, during which time she has worked remotely from a home office. During this time, Gretchen developed 14 eLearning courses, participated in a pioneer virtual training project team, and developed interagency partnerships between the US Navy and Army, sharing training resources to benefit both. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of New Hampshire.

Kimberly Rodrigues

Instructional Designer

US Army

Kimberly Rodrigues is an instructional designer for the US Army, and has worked for the Army School for Family and MWR (SFMWR) for over a decade. In this role, she has developed over 16 eLearning courses and has hosted and taught blocks of instruction for virtual and classroom courses. Kim has cultivated partnerships with the Marine Corps and Army Installation Management Directorates to share eLearning resources and learning management system (LMS) capabilities to capitalize on SCORM. She also oversees the SFMWR contracts administration and execution of the annual budget. Kim holds a master’s degree in business administration from Nichols College.

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