My name is Jayme Jacobson and I’m an instructional designer at Seattle University. A lot of my job involves helping faculty design online and hybrid courses and coming up with innovative solutions for what they are trying to do in those courses. This means that much of what I get to do is playful, which suits me perfectly.
I’ve had a circuitous career path. Most of my life I trained as a fine artist but a credit shy of graduating I left school in Boston (Mass Art) to run off to Brazil and get married. Brazil is an amazing place, a seriously playful place. I was there for seven years and while I was there I studied art with people who came out of Escola Brazil. Those artists had a sense of inquiry in their approach to art that I hadn’t experienced before. I think it was this sense of inquiry that later prompted me to question what was happening on the pictorial surface and led me to pursue a degree in visual perception. Once I got into the sciences—a scary thing for a middle-aged art person—what impressed me most about setting up research was the similarity between the lab and the studio.
I think personal themes and idiosyncrasies follow us throughout life. One of mine is a joy in putting together odd bits and pieces of things to make something new. I’ve been doing that since childhood. My family nickname was "The Scotch Tape Kid." My eclectons are an example. But even as a learning designer, I find that one of the most satisfying aspects of my job is finding online solutions for faculty by fitting together tools that support their teaching needs. The online world has become like a giant Tinkertoy box, which means that finding and building learning solutions is a delight.