Student Spotlight: Geeta Jakkaraju
Geeta Jakkaraju, Learning Strategist & Instructional Design Consultant
Program: MS in Learning Experience Design
What led you to the Learning Experience Design program at Brandeis GPS?
I have a diverse background and over 8+ years of professional experience in employee enablement and learning program development. I had been researching Master's degree programs that would be applicable and help elevate my skills in the learning and development space. The curriculum of Learning Experience Design caught my attention as it aligned perfectly with my career goals.
Of the courses you have completed so far in the Learning Experience Design degree, which one has been your favorite? Why?
Each course has something meaningful to offer, providing valuable concepts and theories for designing and developing effective learning experiences. The Principles of Learning Experience Design and Foundations of Instructional Technology courses have equipped me with a well-rounded foundation and hands-on experience in various areas, such as adult learning theories, emerging technologies, instructional design models, and human-centered approaches. I am looking forward to the practicum and managing LXD projects course in my final semester.
How has your coursework contributed to your professional goals?
In many ways. I had an opportunity to apply the coursework to the projects at work. Additionally, I was able to find an instructional design internship project which is a requirement for the practicum course. One of the highlights of the program has been the numerous networking opportunities it provides, allowing me to connect with instructors, industry experts, and fellow classmates. Through these connections, I have been able to learn from others and gain valuable insights.
Do you have any tips or tricks for juggling your graduate work with your other personal and professional responsibilities?
- Maintain open communication
- Get familiar with course expectations
- Be adaptable and flexible
Maintaining open communication and proactively reaching out to instructors and fellow classmates for support have been instrumental in my journey. This approach has helped me tremendously in addressing any challenges or seeking clarification on assignments, study materials, or overall course expectations. Reflecting on what works for me and finding ways to integrate graduate work into my personal and professional life has made the process more manageable and enjoyable.
When you aren’t studying or working, what do you like to do in your free time?
When I'm not studying or working, I enjoy spending time watching movies, learning new skills, painting, conducting art workshops, participating in artisan markets, and traveling.
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