Sarah Lipsey

After receiving a Master’s Degree from NAU in Literacy, Technology, and Professional Writing, Sarah returned to her home town of Omaha, Nebraska where she gathered almost 10 years of experience in Instructional Design. Sarah loves utilizing technology to create training, whether to teach people how to use a computer system, improve their sales numbers, or incorporate a new process into their daily routine. Her background in English and Technical Writing helps keep her focused on writing and editing to provide clear and concise content for training. When the opportunity opened up with the Learning & Professional Development team, Sarah and her family (which consists of a bicycle-obsessed husband, two energetic daughters, and an annoying German Shepherd) jumped at the chance to move back to Flagstaff where they can ride bikes, hike, camp, ride bikes some more, and generally enjoy the outdoors without humidity or mosquitoes.

Inspirational Nugget: Create Learning Experiences

One of the most common requests that Instructional Designers and eLearning Professionals receive is to convert stand-up training into online training. Coordinating stand-up training for any organization can be time-consuming and costly, so it makes sense to move the content online so that your audience can view it at their convenience. We love providing this service. When you need to …

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Inspirational Nugget: Think Visually

For my first blog post with NAU’s Learning & Professional Development team, I deconstructed a lengthy definition of Instructional Design that I’ve kept tucked away at each desk I’ve occupied during my career. Included with that definition are what I’m calling “inspirational nuggets” about Instructional Design. Lately I have been thinking about this simple idea: Think Visually I’m not an artist, …

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A Post-It Note Definition of Instructional Design

As I was getting settled in my new desk, I came across a post-it note that I have carried with me since I began working as an Instructional Designer. One half of the post-it is a lengthy definition of Instructional Design. The other half contains brief inspirational thoughts or basic reminders on how to be a good Instructional Designer. Every …

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