Heidi Watson-Held, D.Ed.
Welcome to the site of my Professional Portfolio! Thank you for your interest in my professional experiences and career. I have worked in the Central Pennsylvania Area for over 20 years, in a variety of positions serving people across all ages.
D.Ed. in Administration and Leadership; Higher Education, Master’s Degree in Adult Education
More than 16 years’ experience in the field of education
Skilled developer of face to face and e-learning courses/trainings
Skilled public speaker and trainer of staff, faculty and students
Excellent skills as an academic researcher
Excellent skills in utilizing existing networks and University systems to create connections that bring projects and programs to a successful result
Expert project and relationship manager
Supervised and managed staff and 15 student and wage payroll workers
Led organizational development efforts at both the college and unit levels
Able to multi-task in a fast paced environment
I am proud of the work I have done at Penn State both personally and professionally. Click through the pages to learn more about my career.
Instructional Development Philosophy
My Development Philosophy is based simply on a customer service and learner-centered approach.
While there are a great deal of approaches and models of Instructional Design or Curriculum Development, I don’t choose to select just one. Not every situation can be put into one model or approach. I feel that listening to the stakeholder/instructor/teacher, hearing their problem or hearing about their motivation to make a change in their program or class is of primary concern.
After assessing the situation and the learner only then can I in partnership with the customer begin to look at the various models or approaches that might best fit the situation. My background in Adult Education often creates a situation where I use usually fall back on a model that draws heavily from adult learning principles that emphasize learner initiative, self-management, and experiential learning. A learner-centered approach reaches out to the audience to create effective and efficient learning.
I prefer to focus on the concepts of the sequencing of instructional activities and strategies that best reach the learner. I work with the customer to define learner-focused performance objectives and then proceed to the selection and implementation of instructional strategies and learning activities appropriate for those objectives.
I work with instructors on creating scenario-based practice questions or exercises along with assessments that measure student achievement of those objectives. I pride myself that my prior experiences have included the development of flexible, highly interactive, and engaging courses and program—despite differences of instructors in the kind of content focus or level of learning. I have a wide variety of experience recommending instructional strategies and multimedia elements tailored to the specific course content.
I implement quality assurance standards and processes that are all geared toward ensuring that each course or program meets the expectations of the relevant stakeholders.
Heidi A. Watson-Held, D.Ed.
PSU Office: 814-867-0024
Emails: , hwatsonh@purdue,edu,