More about me..

Who am I?
I'm a learning designer devoted to promoting life-long learning culture and the right to education for everyone. I believe that learning should be simple, effective, accessible and engaging. With a wealth of experience in creating web training and communication materials and the MSc in Applied eLearning from Technical University Dublin, I consider myself a well-versed instructional designer. I follow universal design principles - by applying my expertise in user experience, graphic design and learning principles, I create digital learning content that is uncluttered, intuitive and memorable.
How did I become a learning designer?
My adventure with web technology started over ten years ago when I first came across WordPress. I got interested in applying online techniques in business communication and I took many training courses on online marketing, website building, SEO, analytics, etc. For most of my professional career, I have worked in educational settings as a training administrator, education projects manager or training operations manager. I have so many interests and passions that for quite some time, I couldn't decide what exactly I wanted to do for a living. That changed when I stumbled upon learning design. It consolidates everything that I like - my addiction to learning (yes, I am addicted to learning!), my interest in technology, passion for design and my creative drive. I was amazed by how much I enjoyed it and how many different possibilities and professional pathways there were.
What do I love about being a learning designer?
One of the best things about being an instructional designer is that I get to wear so many different hats - I am a graphic designer, video and animation developer, technical writer, project manager, and an education consultant. Depending on the project, I can be either one or all of these things! And it gets even better - as an instructional designer I am never bored, and I always learn! One week I might get to work on a postgraduate engineering degree for a university, the next week on the soft-skills training course for employees of a big corporate company, and I might end a month developing resources for a local fitness or nutrition professional. Pretty cool - right?
Where do I share my expertise?
Everywhere I worked, I was always the 'go-to person' to advise about technology. I also genuinely enjoy behind-the-scenes teaching that is a part of any design project. Working with individual clients, I quickly realised that the 1:1 model is not scalable, and I started sharing my expertise in online learning on my Blog. That was just a starting point, and soon I had a range of online courses and ebooks about online learning, web design and social media.
What are my values?
Some of the core values that guide my work and my whole life are honesty, quality, trust and respect. I also expect to see these qualities in people I work with. Creativity is one of my main drivers, and I can't imagine my life without it. I understand it as being curious, imaginative and innovative. It is about having interests, trying new things. I like to think about it as a sort of slow-motion multitasking that makes life interesting.
And a bit more..
My friends often say that I never stop. I guess they are right - you can say that 'busy' is my middle name! I have more than one passion, and all these interests make me whole. When I am offline, I craft and do loads of DIY. I have a small workshop where I paint, sew, create jewellery, do batik, design and renovate old furniture. My studio is full of colourful paints and fabrics that I use to restore and re-upholster old chairs. It is a fantastic feeling to give these old pieces a second life. I also love travelling and photography. And obviously, I blog about all these things! And when I feel lazy, I love reading books - especially long historical novels and criminal thrillers. But I am usually busy, so you are more likely to see me listening to audiobooks while painting or re-upholstering. I also love travelling and photography. And obviously, I blog about all these things!