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Kari Jordahl

Classes qualified to teach:

  • Adobe Captive
  • Dreamweaver



Working with good teams, learning and experimenting, and enjoying the variety are top reasons why Kari Jordahl feels fortunate to work as an instructional designer at PTE. Her areas of expertise include e-learning development, project management, instructional design and analysis, and custom software.

Kari has received several awards for successful projects with some of her corporate clients. In addition to her experience, she cites her love of the written word and desktop publishing, along with often being at the right place at the right time as factors that helped prepare her for her current career.

Kari attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a BA in Sociology and English. Prior to joining PTE, she worked in various industries such as biotech/biopharmaceutical, finance and mortgage, and insurance.

Project Spotlight:

Teaching her first workshop to advanced-degree scientists, designing her own video tutorials, and working to implement PeopleSoft into the UW system have all been rewarding projects for Kari.

Instructional Design Tip:

Think about the user perspective and sequence things in an order that makes sense. Start at the beginning and ask very basic questions – who, what, when, where, why, and how?

Who will need this training? What is this thing/product/tool? Why do I need to use it? How does it help me to accomplish …… Answer the WIIFM question for your learners – what’s in it for me if I participate in this training? 

Use the simplest language possible, and speak directly to the learner.

A new software feature:

PowerPoint 2010 – has some new image editing features 

Currently reading:

Why Christianity Must Change or Die – Spong

Also re-reading Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

A favorite campus spot:

Memorial Union