Devon M. Whalen
Devon M. Whalen, M.Ed
Learning Design Coach
My name is Devon Whalen, and I am so excited to welcome you to my website and my world. Please take your time to get to know a little bit about me and feel free to ask questions.
By reviewing this page, you will discover:
- How I define learning design.
- My qualifications as a learning designer and coach.
- My mission and values, as it relates to Learning Design Coaching.
What is Learning Design
When I refer to learning design, I refer to the process of applying evidence-based research to the development of learning
experiences. In other words, learning design involves a knowledge of content, pedagogy, and technology that are used to provide the most efficient lessons, programs, courses, and presentations for learners.
Content is the subject, like “math,” “diversity,” or “the benefits of sea moss.”
Pedagogy refers to the method or practice of teaching.
Technology encompasses all the tools that you might use to design and facilitate the learning experience. Technology can be as basic as “pen and paper,” as advances as the latest and greatest software application, or as specific as a laboratory tool for the study of genetics.
How I’m Prepared to Help
I have gained both formal education and life experience to bring me to a place where I feel confident in my ability to help others channel their expertise into learning experiences.
I have over 10 years of formal university studies focused on education. I hold a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, which prepared me to design and implement learning experiences. I have finished the coursework in a PhD program in the College of Education called Learning Design & Technology; I currently running a study pilot to prepare for my dissertation.
Experience with Varying Age Groups & Contexts
In addition to formal education, I am a mother of two toddlers and a former daycare assistant, which has given me hands-on experience in formal and informal learning for early education. I have experience teaching Sunday School for elementary age students and completed student teaching in a middle school and high school setting. Having worked in Student Affairs at a University for over a decade, I have prepared and delivered learning experiences in and out of the classroom for adults. As a supervisor, I was responsible for training and professional development. I’ve also presented at conferences and have utilized social media and websites as channels for delivering learning content to a wide variety of ages, as well.
To support professionals who are not traditionally viewed as educators, but want to share their expertise with the world.
Education & Research: Evidence-based pedagogy is important to me. Working with me will involve at least some degree of research into evidence-based approaches to facilitating learning in your field of expertise.
Communication: If we are going to work together, we’re also going to need to learn to communicate together. We each will bring our individual communication styles to the table, and our first hurtle will be learning to make those patterns of communication work together so that we can be successful.
Honesty: I value honesty and integrity. I want you to share your experience and expertise with the world, but it has to be honest and real. I will not assist someone in designing a learning experience based in deceit or half-truths.
Equity: Everyone should have access to the support and tools they need to achieve their dreams, including their dreams of developing others. I will not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, age, national origin, disability, pregnancy, or military status. Furthermore, access to the learning is a consideration when designing and coaching.
Environmentalism: It’s our job to be good stewards of the environment’s resources in everything that we do, including the design and delivery of learning experiences.