Building an ArtificiaI Intelligence (AI) Companion

What happens when your colleagues challenge you to create an AI bot for a speed dating competition at an industry conference? Well, if you’re like me, you take the challenge and create Nathan Hale, the charming AI companion. Image description: Sarah is introducing her AI bot, Nathan Hale, to Megan Torrance at the front of … Read more

Planning for Success with Stakeholders through Prototyping

I believe that all instructional designers can attest to the fact that all projects are not created equally. Very rarely does the process of developing a training experience flow smoothly from start to finish. Between pleasing multiple stakeholders, getting buy-in, and working with multiple organizations, forward progress can be hard to achieve. You feel things … Read more

Supporting Caregivers with a Custom Assessment Tool

In the fall of 2018, Kat LaTosch, a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) consultant, approached us to support a project. The goal was to evaluate the preparedness of communities to provide support for caregivers of aging populations. The non-profit, Area Agency on Aging 1-B, received a grant to design an assessment to help aging services … Read more

Educating the Public About Responsible Interaction with Nature

a serene picture of a lake and trees with fog in distant mountains

As a 1% for the Planet member, we choose a charity to align and partner with for our 1% donation. In 2019 we chose the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Leave No Trace provides research, education and initiatives so every person who ventures outside can protect and enjoy our world responsibly. The “Leave … Read more

What We Learned From Getting Zapped

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Last summer, Sarah and I visited the University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Innovation Center (LEIC) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. We are fortunate to be part of a project focused on improving law enforcement de-escalation tactics for veterans in crisis through a grant from the national Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). The goal of … Read more