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Karen Beall Instructional Design and Writing
Karen Beall

Karen Beall
Ridgefield, WA 98642


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Summary of Qualifications

An experienced instructional and information designer and writer with expertise in the following areas:

  • Designing and developing engaging interactive multimedia e-learning experiences
  • Writing production-ready storyboards, scripts, instructional and informational content, and technical documentation

Professional Highlights

  Interactive Multimedia Instructional Design and Writing

  • Designed and developed production-ready storyboards and scripts for online courses, including policy, process and software application training for Microsoft Advertising; and service, technology and sales training for Symantec, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Best Buy, Comcast and others
  • Designed and developed online customer training for Microsoft Advertising
  • Designed educational games for The Learning Company, IBM, Intel, Highlights, Crayola, Hewlett-Packard, Hasbro, Mattel, and others, featuring brands such as Carmen Sandiego, Liberty's Kids, BrainQuest, PuzzleMania, Madeline, Arthur, and Tonka
  • Designed and developed web-based environmental education programs for Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
  • Collaborated with clients to determine project goals, learning objectives, and performance measurements
  • Facilitated brainstorming sessions, providing strategic instructional direction and creating instructional design proposals
  • Partnered with teams of graphic designers, sound designers, animators, and software engineers to develop program elements
  • Created job aids, instructional articles, data sheets, functional and technical specifications, web site copy, user documentation, newsletters, and promotional materials
  • Worked with team members to define the creative treatment and content scope for new business proposals
  • Interviewed subject matter experts, and researched specifications, data sheets, and other online and written materials

  Instructor-Led Course Design and Teaching

  • Designed instructor-led technical and sales training for clients, including instructor and participant guides and visual aids
  • Developed curriculum and taught courses in web design, computer animation, computer skills, photography and first aid
  • Substitute teacher for grades K-12 for the Ridgefield and LaCenter, Washington school districts

  New Media Production and Development

  • Produced multimedia software, including Broderbund's KidPix Studio, Purple Moon's Secret Paths to the Sea, Cloud Nine's Create and Play Safari!, Weems & Plath's Cap'n Pete's Harbor, and others
  • Oversaw daily operations of project team, setting project milestones and working with the team to meet them
  • Served as primary contact for clients during project development
  • Led engineering teams in developing and implementing technical designs
  • Designed, developed, and maintained web sites for a variety of businesses and organizations
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, Articulate applications, Macromedia web design tools, HTML, and Javascript

Employment History

  • Freelancer, Instructional Design and Writing / Web Design, Ridgefield, WA, 2001-Present
    Clients include Microsoft, Via Training, Fablevision, ImageBuilder Software, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield School District, Clark College, OHSU, CMD, Clark County Historical Museum, and others
  • Instructional Designer / Writer, Via Training, Portland, OR, 2005-2006
  • Substitute Teacher, Ridgefield and La Center School Districts, Ridgefield and LaCenter, Washington, 2002-2005
  • Instructional Technology Specialist / Producer, ImageBuilder Software, Portland, OR, 1990-2001
  • Manager, Graphics CAE Software, Phase Three Logic, Beaverton, OR, 1986-1990
  • Graphics Software Engineer, Metheus Corporation, Hillsboro, OR, 1984,1986


  • Master of Science, Computer Science, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Bachelor of Arts, Public Administration, Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • Professional Development
    Certification, E-Learning Systems, Portland State University, Portland, OR
    Certification, Web Design, Washington State University, Vancouver, WA

Professional and Community Involvement

  • American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
  • Society for Technical Communications (STC)
  • Planning Commissioner, Ridgefield Planning Commission
  • Ridgefield Writer's Group

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