Instructional Design | Mark Watkins

With 13 years of working experience in the eLearning field, and about the same amount as an in-classroom teacher, I offer all facets of Instructional Design (sans the degree).

I apply multimedia design and development services to custom projects with Adobe Captivate as the main tool.

I’m a high-performing employee, and often a one-person department, with the ability to:

  • plan suites of content
  • interview subject matter experts
  • write scripts
  • construct storyboards
  • graphic design prototypes
  • produce mockups and templates
  • develop assessments and design feedback to deliver on SCORM-compliant expectations
  • build the actual darn things from soup to nuts
  • manage the LMS they go on

Appreciator of the ADDIE model. Have read up on the Andragogy method.

Am very, very happy to collaborate with equally-driven creatives, too. I really like working with good writers.

Dream jobs would involve developing narrative storylines with characters and deep dives into game-based solutions, designing problem-solving quests.

As an Instructor at Parsons School of Design, San Diego Art Institute, and other schools for more than ten years, developed many syllabi, class activities, tests and collateral course materials.

Adobe everything, Office everything, Google everything, Screenflow, Camtasia, etc.

Sample eLearning Projects

In-house Auto Company Training 2018

Case study: eLearning design and development
Client: Daimler North America
Description: Currently producing various training/on-boarding suites and modules for internal engineers and new hires and external clients. Recently completed a set of six lessons containing 15 motion graphic video presentations, 180 informational slides, 30 multiple choice and drag and drop quizzes, and 5 simulated exercises. I established both the design guidelines and interactive template as well as acting as developer.
Links to SCORM Cloud packages: Available upon request
Links to video tutorials: DTNAConnect Tutorial, Paragon Course Navigation, more available upon request

San Diego International Airport 2016


Case study: eLearning design and development
Client: San Diego Airport Authority via Curriculum Technology
Description: Following SAN brand guidelines, I designed and developed a suite of training tools for the San Diego Airport Authority, delivered using Adobe Captivate. Content covered sustainability programs, local wildlife protection, various reimbursement protocols and employee conduct rules and responsibilities. All learning modules featured professional photography, structured lesson plans, and a variety of quiz types.
Links: San Diego Aiport Stewardship Program

Previous projects 2005-2016


Case study: eLearning design and development
Clients: Ortho McNeil, Genentech, Visa, Curriculum Technology
Description: In-house training tools for pharmaceutical sales (using an early take on a gamification concept), new employees, and law enforcement students.

Sample Classes Taught

Design Course Syllabi

Sample Syllabi PDF: Analyzing Media / Elements of Animation
Sample Syllabi PDF: Design Fundamentals
Schools: Parsons School of Design 1995-2005 and 2013, Art Institute San Diego 2015, and a handful of continuing education environments.
Description: Various course syllabi samples.