Hi! I’m Fred Baker, and I am a designer at heart.
For more than ten years, I have been practicing and teaching Instructional Design. Throughout that time, I have gained extensive experience with a variety of tools, processes, and approaches for designing effective training and instructional systems geared toward improving performance in any organization. I am an advocate for human-centered design, and believe that balancing systems and processes between organizational, technological, and human needs produces the most effective and longest lasting results.
I completed a Ph.D. in Instructional Design & Development in 2014 in order to help me think more deeply about the challenges facing organizations, and to build a more extensive toolbox for solving organizational challenges. I have shared this experience with others through teaching students at all levels and in all modalities, and publishing extensively on these topics in scholarly journals. I have also deepened this knowledge both through practice and specialized training, such as obtaining a certificate as a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer and studying accessibility. Additionally, I have led organization-wide technology integration projects, consulted and trained hundreds of faculty, and designed, delivered, and reviewed dozens of courses to improve standards of instruction.
In recognition for this work, I have received several awards, including the Charles M. Reigeluth Emerging Researcher Award in 2019 for my research in systems thinking and diffusions of innovations, and a student-selected Faculty Mentor Award in 2020 in recognition of my mentorship of students outside of the classroom.
Personally, I love learning new things and exploring life with my family! My wife and I live in Gulf Breeze, Florida with our four awesome sons!
I appreciate your time and interest, and invite you to reach out if you would like to hire me to support your organization! I am happy to help!
“Anything is easy if you can assimilate it into your collection of models. If you can’t, anything can be painfully difficult.”Seymour Papert