We caught up with one of our newer members in the Online Learning Center. Ryan McDowell is on the Course Developer & WorldClassRoom Administration team.
Please tell us about yourself and your background:
My name is Ryan McDowell and I am a Course Developer at Webster University’s Online Learning Center. My passion for photography and design, coupled with my inquisitive nature, offers a unique perspective to the process of building and developing web-based learning materials. I am a lifelong creator, problem solver, internet aficionado, and coffee enthusiast with over 3 years of experience creating and developing graphics for higher education institutions.
What do you do in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy film photography, collecting and restoring vintage bicycles, and spending time in the outdoors with my family.
How long have you been with Webster?
I have been with Webster University for 8 months .
How do you help Webster University Online students and faculty?
Ultimately, my goal at Webster is to help students learn, understand, and retain instructed concepts by designing quality content and graphics that are clear, concise, and visually appealing.
What do you do as a Course Developer?
As a Course Developer, I work closely with Faculty and Instructional Designers. Together we conceptualize, design, and produce written and verbal concepts or ideas into visually impactful graphical elements to enhance the online education process. Working within the parameters of current ADA guidelines and utilizing best practices, along with universal design principles, our team is consistently working to ensure that our students are getting the best online learning experience we can deliver with today’s technology.
What part of your job is the most satisfying?
In my position, every day is something different. Each day brings new ideas, concepts, and projects to help students learn more effectively. Being involved in this innovative process is very rewarding. But what I find most satisfying about my job is the fact that my work is helping someone achieve their academic goals, whatever they may be, and that is a transformative experience.
Do you have any advice for students?
Keep at it! All the hard work will be worth it in the end!