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My Mission

As an instructional designer, my mission is to collaborate with faculty members to produce effective, efficient, and engaging learning experiences (at the document, lesson, course, certificate, and program level) while continuously improving the quality of instructional designs to meet or exceed nationally recognized standards.

My Main Goals

My main, ongoing goals are to:

  • strike a balance between maximizing the students’ learning experience and
    minimizing the faculty’s time through personalized instructional design and technology choices
  • add value to online instruction by enhancing student-student and student-faculty interaction
  • bring a high-quality, Augusta University signature look to all online courses
  • meet and/or exceed nationally recognized eLearning quality standards
  • create instruction compliant with current federal/state copyright and accessibility laws as well as SACS and subject-specific accreditation standards.

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My Client Groups

My Service Menu

The following menu contains my main instructional-design services that encompass:

Instructional Design Services Menu

  1. curriculum
  2. course design (includes document design)
  3. course post-production in D2L
  4. course teaching.

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My Services' Scope

The following visual illustrates the scope of my work and the various ways in which I can be of assistance to you.

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My Instructional-Design Method

I created the following document to describe the systematic instructional-design method that I typically use.

Here I describe what systematic instructional design entails at the course level.

My Experience, Education, and CV

Being a learner inspired me to teach; being a teacher inspired me to explore “back stage” roles that enable faculty to deliver efficient, effective, and engaging learning experiences to their students. These interests are mirrored in the highlights of my education: a bachelor’s degree in teaching English and French language and literature, a master’s degree in adult eduction and distance learning,  coursework toward my doctoral degree in instructional systems design, and certification in online instruction.

In my 10 years of teaching and 10 years of instructional-design experience, I have seen education:
– in multiple formats (face-to-face, hybrid, and online)
– for multiple agree groups (primarily adult learners)
– on multiple continents (Europe, Asia, and America)
– and from multiple vantage points (learner, teacher, instructor trainer, curriculum designer, instructional designer, team lead, department director, school board officer, etc.).

Meet Your Instructional Designer, Georgianna Laws (Video, 32″).

My Work PlacesFor more details, please see my interactive curriculum vitae or my interactive visual resume  (optimized for viewing online) for a few facts about me.

My Doctoral Studies

Doctor of Philosophy Coursework (2017 – 2018)

In 2007 I was preparing for a career of teaching instructional design in a higher-education environment. I therefore applied and was accepted into the residential Florida State University (FSU) Doctor of Philosophy program in Instructional Systems Design. I was working full time at FSU and studying part time.

I completed my first PhD year with a cumulative 4.0 GPA and served as President of the Instructional Systems Student Association, which I resurrected from a period of inactivity. It was very rewarding to co-write the constitution and to oversee the appointment of Vice Presidents.

In the mean time, my husband’s professional growth took him to Georgia, so our child and I followed him. Unfortunately, this meant leaving the face-to-face, residential PhD behind.

Doctor of Education in Progress (2017- 2019)

Now that my son is a little bit older, I can focus on my professional growth again. I have two decades of experience with what it takes to design quality eLearning courses and to successfully teach online; I would like to build expertise in how to successfully administer eLearning efforts in a higher-education environment. This would allow me to contribute my teaching, training, instructional design, and eLearning skills on a larger scale, making a greater impact on the community that I serve.

I therefore started working on a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Leadership, with a dissertation emphasis on eLearning quality from the perspective of COEOs (Chief Online Education Officers). My current GPA is 4.0 and I love everything about the program and how it is preparing me for research and leadership. I am absolutely thrilled about the journey upon which I embarked.

Except for two brief annual, in-person research residencies, this is an entirely online program through Maryville University of St. Louis, MO. Since the program is completely online, I am able to study no matter where life takes my family. I am determined not to waste my second shot at a doctoral degree. I am proud to be part of the Maryville University Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership, Class of 2019 ^__^

My Research Interests

After seeing education in multiple formats, for multiple agree groups,  at various education institutions, on multiple continents, and from multiple vantage points—my research interest in centered around eLearning (i.e., 100% online education), its quality markers, its stakeholders (primarily COEOs as the decision makers), and its impact on the learners’ success.

Particularly, I am interested in how we can increase student success (at the course, semester, program, and post-graduation levels) through best practices in eLearning:

  • course design training/support
  • faculty teaching training/support
  • new student orientation/support.

My Professional Memberships

My Presentations

My Article Selection

I am always on the lookout for great information to share back with my clients and curate my findings in a selection of articles on eLearning instructional design.

My Tweets

Twitter

You can find my latest tweets at https://twitter.com/geolawsdesign.

My Facebook Posts

You can find my latest Facebook posts at facebook.com/geo.laws.design.

Romania

Here are some of the sights I grew up seeing in my native Romania.

Winter

snowy_mountain

deer_in_snow

fir_trees_covered_in_snow_2

Mountains

mountain_sunset

mountain_side

mountain_road

Fauna

fox

stag

bear

Beach

Summer_at_the_riverside

beach

beach_shore

Rivers

river_2

river

river_canyon

Fields

dandelion_field

field_tractor

narcisa_field

Orchards

grapes_2

apple_tree_2

cherry_tree

City Scape

Building

downtown

Street_light_in_the_snow

Off the Beaten Path

shepard

Wagon

Jars_on_a_fence

Quotes

The following are some of my favorite quotes.

Less_Is_More [1]

Mother Theresa

  • God does not command that we do great things, only little things with great love.

Lao Tzu

On Intention

  • If you do not change your direction, you may end up where you are heading.
  • Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny .

On Leadership

  • To lead people, walk behind them.
  • A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: “We did it ourselves!”

On Softness

  • Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This clearly shows the principle of softness overcoming hardness.
  • One cannot reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.

Dr. Seuss

On Confidence

  • Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.

On Dedication

  • Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

On Openness

  • I do not like green eggs and ham! I do not like them Sam-I-am. You do not like them. So you say. Try them! try them! And you may. Try them and you may I say.
  • There are many things you can learn about but… you’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.

Dr. Wayne Dyer

On Happiness

  • Most people are searching for happiness outside of themselves. That’s a fundamental mistake. Happiness is something that you are and it comes from the way you think. Look for the blessing in all situations.

On Judging

  • When you judge another, you do not define them; you define yourself. After all, how people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.

On Kindness

  • When you have a choice to be right or to be kind, choose to be kind.

On Love

  • Love what you do and do what you love.
  • Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you.

On Others’ Opinion

  • Become independent of the good opinion of others and be free from the need for approval.

On the Peace

  • Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is rather than as you think it should be.

On Perspective

  • If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
  • There is no stress in the world; only people thinking stressful thoughts and then acting on them.

On Relationships

  • See the light in others and treat them as if that is all you see.

 

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