Carving a new path: career announcements

Time truly has been flying by this year. It’s already July and the summer is heating up. I’m happy to report that the giant 15 foot squash plant in the garden hasn’t taken over my eggplants yet (fingers crossed). Any who, it’s been an entire month since my last post and I have some major updates to share!   I’m transitioning out of my job at The Predictive Index When I began this year, I had a feeling in my stomach that there would be some major changes in store for my career. Even with that in mind, it didn’t…

Lost without a paddle: My journey into the uncharted waters of learning experience design

Anyone looking for L&D jobs over the past few years may have noticed a growing trend – the move away from the label Instructional Designer and move towards Learning Experience Designer. I experienced this shift first hand after being promoted to Learning Experience Designer within my organization 9 months ago. The move uprooted me from our learning team and placed me right in the middle of our small but mighty cross-functional user experience team. To say the transition was a challenge is a complete understatement! I very quickly had to begin applying concepts I never encountered before like design thinking,…

Using information mapping to write clearer content

Last month, I sat down with some of my coworkers to officially hand off knowledge base responsibilities. Since transitioning more fully into my LXD role, I haven’t had the bandwidth to manage them anymore. It was a little bitter sweet, but it’s so exciting to see others step up to the plate and expand their skills. I ended up reviewing some information mapping best practices to get the team more familiar with creating learning content. The session was so energizing! It reminded me of how much I love getting in front of people to share best practices and how much…

Overcoming my inner critic: My journey with imposter syndrome

I do not feel knowledgeable enough to do my job, like I’m not moving fast enough. I think I might be overanalyzing everything. – Roberta Dombrowski, 5/13/18 Chances are if you did a simple search for imposter syndrome, the computer would spit out something similar to the statement above. Reality is, I wrote this in my personal journal over 15 days ago. If you ran into me in the office or on the street, you probably wouldn’t have any idea I was battling this inner critic every second of every day.   What is Imposter Syndrome? First described by Suzanne…

Catch me if you can: A midyear check-in

Spring time is in full effect here in Providence, RI! The first half of the year has proven to be quite busy. Just within the past month, I finished up my spring semester and moved my entire apartment to the East Side of Providence, RI. Yep, you heard that right! My month off in between classes was no cake walk. I traded in my solo apartment in Pawtucket, RI and took a leap to the city. During the transition, I also took a hard look at the 2018 goals I set up for myself. I realized I’ve already completed roughly…

My Love Affair with Task Analysis

My name is Roberta and I have a confession to make. I LOVE doing task analyses. I’m not even sure exactly when this love affair started. It makes sense when I really stop to think about it.  I’ve always loved processes, procedures, and organizing things. What better way to get my perfectionist tendencies out by writing laundry lists of instructions? In fact, if you stop by my desk at any given time of the day, you’ll be sure to find a giant note to-do list written in order of how I plan to get things done. Now, I’m not advocating…

Using Design Thinking to Craft Learning Experiences

Last month I was fortunate to attend a Design Thinking workshop with the eLearning guru Connie Malamed. After reading Connie’s blog for over 8 years  I was beyond psyched for the opportunity to meet her in person! The workshop was absolutely wonderful (as expected) and really helped cement many of the ideas I have been implementing over the past 6 months in my new learning experience role. It opened my eyes to how important design thinking is and where some of the crossovers between Learning Experience and User Experience are as a whole. What is Design Thinking? Design Thinking is a…