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
As part of the Augusta University Instructional Design and Development team, I am dedicated to working with the following client groups (listed in alpha order):
My Service Menu
My Services' Scope
My Instructional-Design Method
I created the following document to describe the systematic instructional-design method that I typically use.
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 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
- Georgianna Laws.”The Yin-Yang of eLearning: How to Stay Centered in a Fast-Paced Work Environment“. Presenting at the United States Distance Learning Association 2016 International Forum for Women in E-learning, San Antonio, TX, Nov. 30-Dec 2, 2016.
- Amanada Barefield and Georgianna Laws. “Competency Based Education and eLearning“. Share and discuss session organized by the University System of Georgia. — Invited to present and discuss by the Assistant Vice Chancellor for New Learning Models.
- Georgianna Laws and Amanada Barefield. “How to Use Your LMS to Capture CBE Data for Your Online Program’s Accreditation“. Presenting on November 11, 2016 at the virtual 2016 National Distance Learning Week Conference. — Invited to present by the Director of Distance Learning at University of South Carolina, Aiken.
- Georgianna Laws and Amanada Barefield. “Using LMS Embedded Analytics to Evaluate an Online Competency-Based Program.” Presented at the 2016 Distance Learning Administration Conference, Jekyll Island, GA on June 21, 2016.
- Georgianna Laws. “Web Solution for the Training and Support of Distance-Learning Instructors.” Presented at the 2016 Distance Learning Administration Conference, Jekyll Island, GA on June 20, 2016.
- Georgianna Laws. “Learner Engagement in eLearning.” Presented at the 2015 National Distance Learning Week Conference, Online on November 12, 2015.
- Vahe Heboyan, Georgianna Laws, and Maryska Connolly-Brown. “Creating an Online Course Pack: Collaboration Leads to Creative Solutions.” Presented at the 2015 Distance Learning Administration Conference, Jekyll Island, GA on June 30, 2015.
- Vahe Heboyan, Georgianna Laws, and Maryska Connolly-Brown. “ A Faculty Member, an Instructional Designer, a Librarian, and a Student Walk into a Bar: Conversation over the Best Practices for Designing and Delivering Distance Learning Curricula.” Presented at the 2015 USG Teaching and Learning Conference, Athens, GA on April 8, 2015.
- Georgianna Laws. “Web Solution for Communicating with, Supporting, and Training Distance-Learning Faculty.” 2016 Distance Learning Administration Annual Proceedings.
- Amanada Barefield and Georgianna Laws. “Using LMS Embedded Analytics to Evaluate an Online Competency-Based Program.” 2016 Distance Learning Administration Annual Proceedings.
- Ibsa Abdi, Lauren Gagnon, Scott Wise, and Gregory Passmore. “Design and Validation of a Survey Questionnaire for the Assessment of Physician Transfusion Medicine Knowledge“. Clinical Laboratory Science, Vol. 30, No. 1, Winter 2017.
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.
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.
The following are some of my favorite quotes.
- God does not command that we do great things, only little things with great love.
- 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 .
- 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!”
- 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.
- Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
- Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- When you have a choice to be right or to be kind, choose to be kind.
- 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.
- 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.
- See the light in others and treat them as if that is all you see.