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Instructional Design

Distance Learning

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Slightly right of my thirty-year profession in illustration and advertising design is the direction I have taken to advance my educational experience to redirect my talents and enthusiasm for art. From a thirty-year career in art and design I widen my professional scope to teach; broaden my horizons toward a future where I can share valuable professional experience and teach innovative new ways to find success in the field of digital design. I seek to teach in a higher education environment that will challenge me further; while allowing me to contribute to the continued growth and success of the higher learning institution.

I plan to obtain a position that will provide me the ability to apply my classic art and digital design work experience toward college level education and the design of effective instruction. I look forward to a full-time instructional position working with a college or university that promotes success for learners in the field of technology and design; and provides me with the opportunity to meet and exceed assigned instructional goals.

Experience with one-on-one private art instruction has allowed me to lead, challenge students of art in all levels and styles; and be challenged for nearly twenty years. Currently I am an adjunct instructor at Rasmussen College School of Technology and Design teaching such courses as Color Theory and Techniques, Visual Communication in Media, Basic Drawing Techniques and Illustration, Life Drawing, and Typography.I continue to advance my knowledge and instructional techniques in new areas like 3DS Max and other design technology software with which I will advance my students throughout their Digital Design or 3D Animation educational program and increase the competitive edge in their professions. I am involved in professional development and have made presentations to my instructional peers on the subjects of visual learning and use of icons and graphics to advance student intent with the digital imagery that speaks to their conceptual sensibilities across content areas.

Upon having earned my Master of Arts degree in Education with Kaplan University I have begun a new educational journey at Capella University furthering my academic journey with a PhD. My doctoral studies will be angled toward instructional design for higher education and distance learning. A I embark upon this continued journey I feel blessed and excited, and plan to transfer my passion for art and education to all those who seek to understand their own talents and strengths.

Ultimately, my goal as a teacher is to educate, motivate and inspire students to value lifelong learning.I will continue to stay inspired by furthering my education through endorsements and advanced degrees. By staying informed through teaching inquiry and research about current educational practices and reforms, I am continually a contributing instructor and an involved, enthusiastic, collaborative lifelong learner. Like that which is sculpted by natural elements, my students will gain from me the time-softened lines formed by experience; the shape of wisdom.

Hi, welcome to my e-portfolio

My name is Shelly Castle and I'm a graduate of Kaplan University with a Master's degree in Education, concentration in Technology Art and Design.

I am now studying for my PhD in Education with emphasis on Instructional Design and Distance Learning. This is a path for which I am well-prepared as I continue to pursue my passion for art and for learning.

I have herein assembled a collection of some of the work I’ve completed throughout my program of study. You’ll find philosophical and methodological concepts and mentor educational theories. Reflections on the teaching profession and reflective evaluation of my own instructional approach detail my ongoing quest for understanding, specifically pertaining to that of classic art and digital design.

Of equal importance is the gallery featuring student works of art from the past 15 years of private art instruction; and the past 2 years as an instructor of technology art for higher education.

I haven’t always been a teacher. I’ve spent time working in commercial art and conventional illustration, as well as in mural art and the art and design business world, spending my first year out of college working as art director for a top advertising firm. It was, in fact, those experiences which helped me see more clearly my desire to teach. I just really like academia! I really enjoy sharing and interacting with all learners of art. Collaborative creativity is central to my instructional design.

What I discovered along my path about the nature and importance of human communication through art, both classic and digital, is that visual imagery is crucial for future global interaction. I have gained an appreciation and respect for the content with which I strive to enrich my own students’ understanding.

Enjoy, and please, don’t hesitate to contact me.


Paul Cooper

Working with Mr. Cooper on a historical landmark mosaic mural at Sarasota Memorial Hospital was a pleasure in that I also worked under his direction with students from Ringling College of Art and Design.

Jamie Golob

Drawing Nature

Drawing class for home school learners

Classic Art Techniques in Photoshop

All levels

Jennifer Ayotte

Art and Design Instructor for Rasmussen College School of Technology and Design

Instructional design experience includes the following courses:

Color Theory and Techniques

Visual Communication in Media

Provided Writing Tutoring services during office hours on Fort Myers campus

Jodi Willis

Sandra Raak

Mural art completed for Lee Memorial Healthcare System: over 70 murals in four regional hospitals

Student Classic Art

Student Digital Art

Work experience

Jan 2011Present

Art Instructor in School of Technology and Design

Rasmussen College

Teaching Digital Design and Animation students, providing industry-experienced insight and challenging, relevant, evolving, professionally-influenced curricular activities that incorporate techniques from both traditional art and multimedia design, including character animation, 3D modeling, and special visual effect techniques. Curriculum design features real-world projects that showcase design talent using industry-standard tools like Photoshop®, Illustrator®, Dreamweaver®, and Flash® for creating user-friendly websites, render motion graphics, create original illustrations digitally, and create interactive media projects.  Rasmussen College students work in such top-of-the-line software as Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Master Collection Adobe® Creative Suite, and VisTablet® for digital drawing.


Doctor of Philosophy

Capella University

Earning PhD specialization in Instructional Design for Online Learning which focuses on the theory and leadership of instructional design, including creating and applying instructional design models, leading the implementation of instructional solutions, leading strategic instructional design initiatives, and conducting and applying instructional design research. This will be applied toward high-level leadership positions in a variety of online learning settings, specifically higher education institutions.


Technical Skills
Software/hardware experience includes: ­Adobe Illustrator CS4 and CS5 ­Adobe Photoshop CS4 and CS5 ­Adobe InDesign ­Dreamweaver ­Flash Pro ­Microsoft Word 2010 ­Microsoft Outlook ­Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Excel Spreadsheet ­iMovie Training in 3DS MAX ­AIM Other Social Networks ­Others in both PC and Mac formats

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