Hello! My name is Alyssa.

Elevating Education Through Design, Curriculum, Research, and Insights

Personal Philosophy


In the world of curriculum and instructional design, I firmly believe in building on a solid foundation of theory and methodology. I’m a lifelong learner, constantly seeking new knowledge and insights to stay at the forefront of the field. Above all, I place learners at the heart of my designs, tailoring every experience to their unique needs and aspirations. My approach is strategic, always aiming to align learning objectives with desired outcomes. I rely on data analysis to inform and refine my designs.

Theory and Methodology

I tend to have a blended approach to content creation and design. I blend the elegance of inquiry-based learning, the time-tested wisdom of Merrill’s Principles of Instruction, the personal touch of individualized instruction, and the systematic rigor of the ADDIE model.

With inquiry-based learning, curiosity becomes the compass, guiding learners through immersive experiences that promote critical thinking and problem-solving. Merrill’s Principles of Instruction provide the pillars upon which effective teaching stands, ensuring that learning is not just an event but a journey.

Incorporating individualized instruction, I understand that every learner is unique. Each design is a bespoke experience, tailored to nurture individual talents and bridge gaps in knowledge.

Through the ADDIE model, every phase, from analysis to evaluation, is meticulously planned and executed, ensuring a seamless and effective learning experience.

Together, these principles create a dynamic and effective approach to instructional design, one that not only imparts knowledge but ignites a lifelong passion for learning.

  • Identify the Problem: Work with stakeholders and SMEs to identify the problem and training need. Set the learning objectives
  • Analyze Learner: Identify the target audience, including their age, prior knowledge, motivations, and learning preferences.
  • Needs Assessment: Identify what technology, resources, knowledge, and content are required.
  • Outline/Storyboard: Determine the structure of the course – length, modules, topics, activities, and assessments.
  • Design, Design Design: Create content, resources, interactive activities, and assessments, catering to different learning styles. Collaborative activities should be built in via forums, discussions, or group work.
  • Integrate: Use previously identified technology to develop and curate the course. Set up discussion boards, assessments, and import into a Learning Management System (LMS).
  • Implement: Launch the course. Orient users, facilitators, and/or students with the course.
  • Monitor/Reflect/Revise: Throughout the entire process, practice reflection and revisions. When the course is in progress, use formative assessment and feedback to revise in real-time.
  • Support: Provide support to facilitators/users/students as needed.
  • Analyze/Evaluate: Evaluate the effectiveness in the course, using formative assessments, summative assessments, and survey data.
  • Revise/Iterate: Revisions, evaluations, and iterations are ongoing.