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Katherine Starr

Instructional Design

Curriculum Development

eLearning & Adult Education

Gamification and Microlearning

Learning Experience Design

Because learning should be meaningful, fun, and effective

Professional Summary

Curious by nature, I have an unwavering lifetime focus on learning. I am a dedicated instructional designer with 5 years of specializing in remote adult learning and over 15 years of instructing and creating engaging content for children. I have a proven ability to identify learning needs, establish objectives, and leverage diverse tools to craft effective learning experiences. Seasoned in remote collaboration, I am adept at using and learning creative and communication tools. Detail-oriented and committed to delivering high-quality results on time, I am experienced in managing multiple projects simultaneously.

All photography by Katherine Starr

Designing learning solutions that address skill gaps and scaffold complex content is my passion. I excel at bridging gaps between subject matter experts (SMEs), adult learners, learning content, and technology. I effectively leverage software tools, multimedia, and game dynamics to develop content that builds mental models that support and promote transferable learning. My experience engaging and motivating learners, whether face-to-face or in remote learning environments, comes from my years of athletic coaching, professional and academic training, and the dedication to education my now adult children.


  • Instructional Design
  • Gamification • Simulation
  • Adult education • Learning theory
  • Scaffolded learning • Learning design
  • Distance learning • eLearning
  • Backwards Design • Understanding by Design • Universal Design for Learning
  • Curriculum development
  • Microlearning
  • Evidence-based learning solutions
  • Adobe Captivate
  • LMS Administration • Adobe Learning Manager • D2L Brightspace • Moodle • Canvas • Blackboard
  • Camtasia and Snagit • Storyline and Rise
  • Office 365 • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Zoom • MS Teams • Webex
  • Graphic design • WordPress
  • Storyboard • Video and audio editing • Video production
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Project management
  • Analysis
  • Quality Matters and Quality assurance


Instructional Design Consultant

Elizabeth Starr Harden, LLC -Personal Money Coach, Lakewood CO | November 2023 – current​

  • Transform written course material to courses for LMS.
  • Establish an asset library and templates for client’s future use for further course conversion.
  • Developed design documents and storyboards for seamless course creation.
  • Enhanced and edited video and audio content using such tools as Camtasia, Audiate, SnagIt, and Photoshop.
  • Collaborate closely with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and colleagues using Slack, ClickUp, Google Drive, and Dropbox.
  • Applied AI tools to craft compelling visual assets, elevating content quality where appropriate.

Instructional Designer

Knowtion Health (Formerly RSource), Boca Raton, FL | February 2022 – November 2023

  • Create design documents and storyboards; develop interactive Adobe Captivate training modules.
  • Record & edit video/audio and incorporate in training modules (Adobe Suite, Captivate).
  • Administer Adobe Learning Management System (ALM), ~700 users: enrollment, content, courses, learning paths, plans, and certifications.
  • Apply ID Principles to LMS design for corporate learning/certification needs.
  • Coordinate cross-departmental communication to meet training needs of all LOBs.
  • Collaborate with Legal and HR to design/administer SOC2 compliance training.
  • Facilitate New Hire Orientation (NHO) Training and apply ADDIE for continuous improvement.
  • Create and maintain Adobe Captivate templates, themes, development guidelines/QA review training content.
  • Apply Adult Learning methodology and proven Learning Science principles to course design, delivery, and evaluation to maximize effectiveness.

Associate Instructional Consultant

Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, NM | May 2020 – February 2022

  • Design and implement multimedia onboarding instruction for faculty and students
  • Write and storyboard training videos, multimedia documents, and orientation courses
  • Write and storyboard training videos, multimedia documents, and orientation courses
  • Lead and facilitate live training presentations in LMS tools, best practices, and technical support
  • Consult and collaborate with SMEs to design new and revamp existing courses
  • Assess learning gaps, design targeted solutions, evaluate results, and refine curriculum
  • Leverage software tools to create engaging content promoting retention and transfer of learning
  • Evaluate and revise courses according to Quality Matters standards
  • Track LMS updates, inform supervisors of changes, and advise actions/training for stakeholders
  • Update, edit, organize, and redesign documentation and instruction
  • Evaluate new/unused software tools for value/application and produce training materials
  • Balance numerous projects, manage timelines, and ensure quality deliverables meet deadlines

Gymnastics Program Director and Curriculum Developer

​Sandia Acrobatic Gymnastics Academy,  Albuquerque, NM​ | May 2010 – March 2020
  • Design and implement curriculum based on child development theory and gymnastics fundamentals
  • Train/supervise staff; lead classes, instruct children, support and educate parents
  • Create and present instruction for training clinics and training materials for staff

Research Assistant

Leah Buechley, Associate Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM | October 2019 – March 2020
  • Organize and assist new lab set-up based on ongoing training in applied electronics for low voltage experiments, soldering, computerized crafting machines, and more
  • Apply basic computer programming to create procedurally generated images to produce multimedia products
  • Experiment with conductive materials to produce interactive electronic art

Instructional Consultant

Elizabeth Starr Harden, LLC -Personal Money Coach, Lakewood CO | February 2017 – May 2019​
  • Edit and proofread
  • Evaluate and refine content creation (Moodle, WordPress, Acrobat)
  • Instructional consulting


University of New Mexico 2021

  • Master of Arts in Organization, Information & Learning Sciences, Instructional Design and Technology concentration

University of New Mexico 1992

  • Bachelor of University Studies, with Distinction
  • General Honors magna cum laude

“Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.

-John Holt
Katherine Starr
Photoshop Composite 2017