STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Sadman, one of two new instructional designers to join the Academic Commons

The Academic Commons team is growing! This academic year we added two Instructional Design Specialists to our department. Sadman and Rob join the team to support faculty with course design, educational technologies, and online instruction.

We caught up with Sadman to find out about what got him interested in the field of instructional design, learn about a few of his favorite e-learning tools, and what he likes to do in his free time.

What is your title, and what brings you to the world of instructional design?
I am an Instructional Designer (Associate) in the Academic Commons.

I am honored and humbled to be able to choose this career path. Surprisingly enough, I come from a long line of educators.  Most of my family members contribute to the education field in one way or other, along with my parents, who worked for universities as professors in Bangladesh.

What kind of work do you do at Jefferson, and which groups do you support?
Collaborating with the curriculum & instructional design team on a variety of design, course development projects, technology-centric various innovative tasks both for Thomas Jefferson University & Sydney Kimmel Medical College. I have also been keeping myself occupied with designing and creating interactive learning modules with rapid, content authoring tools for Academic Commons. My primary duties also incorporate developing instructional materials, job aids, and support resources.

What are a few of your favorite e-learning tools?
As an expression of my creative side, I approach many of my instructional aids and modules with interactive, engaging animations and gamification elements. Vyond is one of my favorite online platforms that can be used for various scenario-based modules and educational videos. The usability and functionality for this platform is perfectly tailored for any level of user.

I also enjoy working with Articulate Storyline360, Rise 360, and Adobe Captivate, which we use in the Academic Commons. There are ways to import animations from Vyond and implement in modules created with Articulate Storyline360.

Tell us about a project you’re working on right now.
I’m working on a PELS Project, which stands for Patient Engagement Log System. The goal is to test the usability and consistency of the system.

Along with this project, I am also helping the Instructional Design team to design and develop various online courses for Jefferson College of Continuing and Professional Studies and “How to Guides” for applications we use at Jefferson.

What advice would you give to a Jefferson instructor teaching online for the first time or maybe transitioning to a hybrid classroom?
Teaching online can be challenging as we all know but so can learning online. From a learner’s perspective, engaging and enriched educational content enhances the motivational aspect and willingness to learn and participate in a virtual classroom. I recently finished my Master of Science degree during the pandemic and coming from someone who was a student in the current educational environment, I would highly encourage instructors to approach everyone with compassion and with a willingness to help and be flexible with each student.

If an instructor is teaching online for the first time or transitioning to the hybrid classroom, they can reach out to the Academic Commons for support. We can meet one-on-one to assist with course design. Our virtual workshops will help instructors learn about tools available from Jefferson.

What are a few hobbies or things you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy traveling, photography, sketching, cooking, and experimenting with fermentation (in some cases pickling) of fruits, grains, and vegetables. As I am working with learning experience every day at work, I try to expose myself to various learning experiences which help me understand how we learn and evolve. Due to travelling all my life, I have been collecting hats, foreign military jackets/outfits, coins, vintage watches, and spices/teas. I spend most of my time at the kitchen trying to cook something or play with a new recipe when I am not at work. Camping over the weekends or going freediving/fishing are also some of the things I really love to do in my free time when I am with free from the stress of daily life.