About

Hello! I'm Devlin, a tech-savvy instructional designer with a passion for pushing eLearning to its limits. I conduct business via my company, Peck Consulting LLC. Read on to learn about my journey, skill set, and workstation.

My Journey

I landed my first remote online training job during my senior year of college. After several months of building successful eLearning programs and helping others on my team do the same, I was promoted to corporate training team lead.

At this point, I realized that the field aligned well with my passions: writing, education, and technology. I put my dreams of becoming an English professor behind me in favor of a new dream: working remotely as a self-employed eLearning expert.

With that new goal in mind, I applied to the top-tier instructional design Master's program at Florida State University. I started the program a week after graduating with my Bachelor's Degree in English Literature.

I started my own business as soon as I started the Master's program. After landing my first few projects on Upwork and quickly building my portfolio, I saw my client list and workload balloon. By the time I graduated, I had enough work to keep me and my partner busy full-time.

I continued learning, building my portfolio, and sharing what I learned with the community, and this has helped us secure larger projects with bigger clients.

Today, we continue working full-time on the business to support our clients worldwide.

My Skill Set

My Learning & Development skill set falls into three main categories: instructional design, eLearning development, and xAPI implementation.

Instructional Design

I owe my instructional design skills to both my education and my practical experience.

Unbeknownst to me at the time, my undergraduate degree in English Literature prepared me well for instructional design. Taking advanced literature classes and writing an award-winning thesis helped me hone two of the most foundational skills in any instructional designer's toolkit: writing and research.

From there, my Master's degree solidified the learning theory, instructional design models, and mutlimedia principles that I had been researching independently during my first instructional design job. It also taught me how to use those principles to drive meaningful, long-lasting behavior change to help people and organizations thrive.

Since graduating, I've had years to hone my craft. I've conducted analyses, written hundreds of learning objectives, and worked with dozens of subject matter experts to write scripts and create storyboards for clients worldwide.

eLearning Development

Having always loved technology and learning new software, eLearning played a big role in drawing me to this field.

I picked up Articulate Storyline as soon as I started my Master's program, and since then I've spent thousands of hours in the tool. I've spent just as many hours learning HTML, CSS, and JavaScript so that I could extend the authoring tools' capabilities and move beyond the tools as needed.

The other eLearning tools up my sleeve include the Adobe Creative suite, Camtasia, Glide, Construct 3, Webflow, and so much more.

In addition to the highly technical pieces of eLearning development, I'm constantly improving my graphic and user experience design skills. This helps me ensure that my eLearning experiences are user-friendly, visually appealing, and in line with the latest multimedia learning research.

xAPI Implementation

I learned about xAPI during my Master's program, and since then I've dived very deep into the specification. In addition to using it on personal projects and writing detailed tutorials, I've helped clients and teams leverage xAPI at their organizations.

This skill set draws heavily on the JavaScript skills that I've mentioned previously, but it also takes a strong consultative approach to help teach the client what we're doing as we do it (and why).

My Workstation

I built (and future-proofed) a custom PC to handle demanding eLearning development tasks. To date, I’ve used the PC to render dozens of hours of 4K video files, develop immersive VR experiences, and build out complex video-heavy branching scenarios.

The components of my build are as follows:

  • 2x 27.5 inch ASUS eye care monitors
  • AMD Ryzen 2700X Processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU
  • 1 TB SSD (Samsung NVMe PCIe M.2)
  • 32 GB of RAM (G Skill TridentZ)
  • Windows 10 Pro

On top of this, I work in a quiet home office with fiber internet and an ergonomic desk setup. This makes long development sprints a breeze.