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The one tip that I can give someone is be multifaceted. You need to understand the psychology of learning, technology, gaming, eLearning, online instruction, curriculum design, classroom instruction, assessment design and evaluation, etc. You can learn from various fields and professions and transfer that knowledge to Instructional Design and vice versa. I had no military experience when I entered the Army’s Civilian Intern Program for Training and Education back in 1997. I learned about the program from my graduate advisor, Dr. Tom Brush, during my comprehensive exam. His wife was just completing the program. The program was very intense, immersing you in everything Army specifically how they design training. My education allowed me to bring that aspect into the Army’s ISD process known as ADDIE. At that time, the Army’s primary focus was “training” Soldiers and not necessarily “educating” them. Helping the Army Leadership and training developers understand how people learn provided them with a new insight into why Soldiers “just weren’t getting” the training. Today the Army’s education system is a balance between training and education, which creates 21st century Soldiers who are ready for the challenges of contemporary operational environment.

Sharonne Joy Jacobs

Sharonne Joy Jacobs

Position: Senior Instructional Systems Specialist

Company: United States Army Sergeants Major Academy

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Joy is currently the Senior Instructional Systems Specialist at the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas. She is responsible for the Sergeants Major Nonresident Course (SMNRC) curriculum. A federal government employee for 17 years, she has held many positions, such as Chief of Distance Learning, and Chief of Interactive Multimedia Instruction (IMI) Cell. She is originally from Hempstead, NY, but left in 1982. She grew up in Montgomery, AL. She earned her Master’s of Education in Instructional Design from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, in 1997. She also earned her Bachelor’s degree in 1994 from Auburn in Management Information Systems (MIS). She is a member of several organizations, which include Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), Society of Applied Learning Technology (SALT), Federal Government Distance Learning Association (FGDLA), United States Government Distance Learning Association (USDLA), MERLOT, and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading, graphic design, and volunteer work in the community.

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