The Traveling Designer
Bethany was bit by the travel bug on a trip to Norway to visit a friend and subsequently traveled to Israel, Portugal, and France - among other destinations. Her travels are a vital inspiration to her work in the challenging and ever changing field of instructional design. Bethany Lamer Vogel attained a bachelor's degree in Technical Communications from Metropolitan State University of Denver before attending University of Michigan-Flint where she earned her masters in Technology in Education with a Global Focus. “The notion of travel is just about gaining different perspectives.” Bethany’s travels first started while she was pursuing her undergraduate studies, in Denver. The Democratic National Convention was being held there and due to the flood of people visiting the city she found herself with a week off of both work and school. She took this opportunity to do something she had always wanted to do, visit a childhood friend that had moved to Norway. It was during that trip that she got bit by the travel bug. According to Bethany, “[t]he notion of travel is just about gaining different perspectives” and this philosophy is vital to her learner centered design approach that she utilizes in daily work. It is this understanding of how different minds work that benefits her work in instructional design.