As a senior instructional designer, Xiyao helps construct a stronger, online experience for students primarily in Texas A&M School of Law's popular graduate studies program. To learn more about advancing your career with a master's degree in law, click here.
Area of Service: Curriculum & Instructional Design
Years of Service: Two
I am very passionate about designing high-quality, learner-friendly courses that engage adult learners to achieve success. Instructional design is the "glue" that connects instructors and students for the finest experiences.
I moved to the U.S. after earning my bachelor's degree in China, and I earned my master's degree in curriculum development and instructional technology from State University of New York at Albany. I'm looking forward to completing my doctoral degree next summer.What's a recent professional accomplishment?
Migrating existing online courses to Canvas during a pandemic. Pivoting quickly was a challenge but also an opportunity.
Canvas is a course management system that supports online learning and teaching.Describe your law school tenure in three words:
- Extremely busy
Do you have a favorite Texas A&M Aggie Core Value?
I'm most drawn to leadership, and it excites me. Without solid leadership, you may lose focus. Like a ship that navigates through rocky waters, a good leader can calm the path forward for organizational success.
Why are you proud to work at Texas A&M Law?
I am confident that I can help build an online environment that improves experiences for working professionals. Twenty-five percent of our law students do not live in Texas. They matter.
I am also proud to work at Texas A&M Law because I get to work with great people and learn from them.
If you could keep only three apps on your phone, what would they be?
- WeChat - It's a one-stop-shop. I can communicate with my family and more.
- Instagram - I love the visual storytelling.
- Gmail and OutlookHow do you prefer to start your day?I listen to music, journal and watch morning news. I just added "One More Day" by King Sis to my playlist; and, watching Good Morning America reminds me of when I lived in New York. Seeing images of Rockefeller Center make me nostalgic.
What is your go-to productivity trick?
I ask myself if I'm procrastinating. If there is something I can finish today, I get it done.
Are you an early bird or a night owl?
I am an early bird, when it comes to work. I believe that it's easier to build and stick to a routine in the morning.What is a question that you answer most commonly while at work?What do you do here? My answer? I help faculty members design online courses. I make them feel comfortable and help to optimize their coursework online. It's like a fashion designer. To design the perfect piece for a client, he/she take into account body shape, uses, strengths and weaknesses and more.To me, an instructional designer is always wearing multiple hats. He/she is not just a technical person but also a person who can master project and relationship management in an academic setting.
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