HFC welcomes e-Instructional Designer Sarah Maier
During her days as a substitute teacher, Sarah Maier – HFC’s new e-Instructional Designer – fell in love with instructional design.
“I taught private piano lessons for eight years. I had my own studio. At the same time, I was subbing in Akron Public Schools in Ohio. That’s when I fell in love with instructional design. I was interested in creating content. When subbing, you’re creating content on the fly a lot,” said Maier, who lives in Sterling Heights with Jon, her husband of nine years, and their three children.
A graduate of Eisenhower High School in Shelby Township, Maier went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in music education from Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, ID. She later earned her master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Kent State University in Kent, OH.
After shutting down her studio last year, a choice she made before the coronavirus pandemic hit, Maier wanted a change of pace. When the e-Instructional Designer position at HFC opened up, she applied.
“I have been wanting to work for a college for a while now, particularly a community college. I love the college atmosphere. It was a very good fit. I’ve had a lot of years as an educator, so I’m comfortable being around educators and I understand how they work,” she said.
In her position, which she began toward the end of April, Maier’s primary responsibility is Moodle support. Moodle is HFC’s online learning software. Maier reports to HFC e-Learning Manager Victoria Bessette.
“I’ll be instructing professional development courses surrounding Zoom, grading, and anything pertaining to Moodle. Down the line, I’ll be teaching more specific instructional design courses,” said Maier.
As of now, Maier is working remotely, and is making the most of it.
“It’s been really good. I’m a self-starter. I’ve been diving into everything and figuring out the system quickly, and I’m enjoying it,” she said. “I’ve met my colleagues over Zoom. I can’t wait to meet them in person.”
“Sarah brings to the Academic Services/e-Learning team enthusiasm and a fresh perspective on instructional technology,” said Dr. Cristina Bailey, HFC Director of Academic Services. “We are confident she will be a great addition for the upcoming training and support of faculty members and students alike.”
Added Bessette: "We are fortunate to have found someone with Sarah’s skills. She will be an excellent source for faculty looking to learn and use technology in their online courses."