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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

My greatest passion in life is learning. I offer over 20 years of experience instructing and creating learning content and 5 years in instructional design for remote learning experiences for adult learners. I create engaging learning experiences by assessing needs, identifying gaps, choosing the best available tools to craft effective content that focuses on transferable skills and measurable outcomes. Seasoned in collaborating with SMEs and colleagues in a remote work environment, I can be counted on for delivering a high standard of excellence and meeting deadlines.

All photography by Katherine Starr

Designing learning solutions to address skill gaps and scaffold complex content is my professional 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 in developing content that builds mental models which support and promote transferable learning. My substantial 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 homeschooling my now adult children. I use an iterative, evaluative design process to ensure that learning gaps are identified and learning objectives are met.


  • Instructional Design
  • Gamification • Simulation
  • Adult Education • Scaffolded Learning
  • Distance Learning • eLearning
  • ADDIE • SAM • Agile
  • Backwards Design • Understanding by Design • Universal Design for Learning • Learning Design
  • Curriculum Development
  • Microlearning
  • Evidence-based learning solutions
  • LMS Administration • Adobe Learning Manager • D2L Brightspace • Moodle • Canvas • Blackboard
  • Camtasia/Snagit • Storyline/Rise
  • Office 365 • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Zoom • MS Teams • Webex
  • Graphic Design • WordPress
  • Storyboard/Video Editing/Video Production
  • Technical Writing • Editing • Proofreading•
  • Information Organization
  • Analysis
  • Quality Matters


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
  • Apply basic computer programming to create procedurally generated images to product multimedia products
  • Experiment with conductive materials to produce interactive electronic art

Instructional Consultant

Elizabeth Starr Harden, LLC -Personal Money Coach, Lakewood CO | February 2017 – current​
  • 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
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