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New to the Nest – Introducing Yasmeén

Online Learning Support

Hi, my name is Yasmeén Merriweather, and I am your new Coordinator of Training on the Online Learning Support Team at CIRT. Before we dive into my trajectory for training initiatives, first let’s learn a little about who I am.

Born and raised in Jacksonville, this is where I have molded my passion for education, technology, and training. I am a soon to be double University of Florida alumna. I am currently finishing my Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction concentrating in Educational Technology. During my undergraduate studies, I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Education Sciences specializing in Educational Technology.

I am passionate about maximizing training efforts for faculty and staff. Training to me means ensuring that individuals are equipped with accessible tools, information, and learning materials to practice continuous learning and improvement.

Professionally, I discovered my love for education in 2015 as an AmeriCorps member at my high school alma mater, Andrew Jackson High School. From 2015 to 2017, I delivered whole and small-group instruction for students in intensive reading and English language arts courses. Fast forward, I transitioned into Corporate America for a while but found myself back in the educational nonprofit sector as an Impact Manager. During my time as an Impact Manager, I managed elementary school partnerships and AmeriCorps members. In addition to management, I oversaw professional development, training, and talent development for Senior AmeriCorps members. Prior to joining CIRT, I was an Academic Department Coordinator at Florida State College at Jacksonville where I worked with deans to oversee the systems and processes for Baccalaureate, Career, and Technical Education.

I am honored to serve as the new Coordinator of Training! I am passionate about maximizing training efforts for faculty and staff. Training to me means ensuring that individuals are equipped with accessible tools, information, and learning materials to practice continuous learning and improvement. Based on my experience in higher education, one of the prominent themes I recognize is the need for consistent and accessible training opportunities. Below are initial ideas I currently have to move the needle in our training efforts here at CIRT.

  • Evolving Training Efforts | Maximizing the delivery, topics, and opportunities to reach faculty needs is the number one priority of ensuring that we are intentional in how we are providing trainings.
  • Tangible learning materials | Tangible learning materials, such as infographics and e-guides, are essential to help trainees retain and continuously apply the skills they are learning. Faculty can benefit from tangible learning materials because it will serve as a training supplement that they have easy access to. For example, if a faculty member forgets Canvas functionalities, having access to a Canvas infographic or e-guide would serve as a quick reference and refresher.
  • Self-paced Courses | Creating self-paced courses allows faculty to engage in trainings ubiquitously at their own pace. Meeting faculty where they are is important as they are tirelessly educating, mentoring, and supporting students. The reality of higher education is that sometimes there can never be enough time in a day to get things done not only that you need to do, but also that you want to do. Providing self-paced courses will allow faculty to have autonomy in their own professional development.
  • Internal Trainings | Training internal staff is important to help one another stay abreast with changes, updates, and new ways of supporting faculty. To produce quality training for faculty, we must start internally to make sure that we are professionally developing ourselves before training others.

I look forward to bringing these ideas to fruition for the betterment of UNF faculty and CIRT. If you have any additional ideas that would help optimize training opportunities, please contact me at y.merriweather@unf.edu so we can collaborate.

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Yasmeén Merriweather
Yasmeén Merriweather
CIRT | Coordinator of Training
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