ABOUT RACHEL ALLEN DILLON
Senior Instructional Designer, Professional Standards Training at T-Mobile
Rachel Allen Dillon graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1994, with a Bachelor of Science in Art, with an emphasis in Graphic Design. For over 25 years, Rachel has utilized her visual design skills in every facet of her professional development, from marketing materials to web design and now with instructional design. Every step of her career has embodied a creative element and even in her spare time, she found ways to express herself through her artwork and writing.
In 2009, her non-fiction children’s book, “Through Endangered Eyes – a poetic journey into the wild,” was published by Windward Publishing, an imprint of Finney Company, now Rowman & Littlefield. She is both the author and illustrator. Her book received an Eric Hoffer Honorable Mention award in 2010. Rachel has been a featured artist in “Wildscape Magazine,” a contributing artist in gallery and museum exhibitions, and a speaker at Art Educator conventions and conferences. The Nature Conservancy commissioned Rachel to produce two paintings for them in 2015.
Rachel taught art and developed the art curriculum at a private elementary school for three years before going back to the corporate world. Her focus shifted to a field that combines her skillset of design and teaching. In 2017, Rachel became a full-time instructional designer, a career she loves. She taught a course in eLearning Visual Design and Architecture, and Instructional Design 101, at CSU Sacramento-CCE. She is excited to have presented at Learning Guild online conferences in 2020 and 2021 and at DevLearn 2021. Her goal is to share with other instructional designers important techniques to improve their visual design and page layouts.
In 2019, Rachel earned her graduate certificate in eLearning Instructional Design from the University of California, Irvine Extension Program. Currently, she is working toward her Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology at CSU Fullerton with a projected graduation date of May 2022. Her thesis will be focused on the importance of applying visual design principles to eLearning to improve retention and recall.