learning experiences

Working with organisations, corporates and thought leaders, I help you systemise, optimise and digitalise your knowledge - into learning experiences that confirm you as an expert in your niche.

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How confident are you that your learning product will confirm you as an expert in your field?

Why work with me?

With over 25 years of qualifications and experience in teaching and learning in the international market, I have worked with professionals, teams and whole organisations in the not for profit, aid and development, small business and corporate sectors.

I bring a unique and diverse skillset that includes Instructional Design, Curriculum Development, Teacher Training and Education Project Management; this skillset has been developed in a variety of culturally diverse environments having lived and worked as a student, teacher and teacher trainer in 12 different countries (I’m up to country 46 now too!)

What kind of learning do we create?

At the heart of every successful learning experience is connecting with your learners’ needs; then dedication to applying the best practice principles, strategies and methods required to deliver it in a way that is engaging, motivating and helps the learner achieve their goals.

Designing transformative learning experiences is an art – not something a cookie cutter approach can achieve.

Transformative learning experiences change lives, and that is what I’ve dedicated my career to doing: helping passionate professionals confirm themselves as experts in their niche, based on the quality of (and the results they get from) their learning experiences.

What's the time honoured recipe?

Regardless of the size or nature of the work you do, I have discovered there are 4 stages to creating transformative learning content if you want your learners to be engaged and walk away with real life skills.

We follow best practice adult learning principles to ensure the project is completed on time, on budget, and does exactly the job you need it to:

Stage 1

Design Your Product

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Stage 2

Write your Curriculum

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Stage 3

Build Your Resources

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Stage 4

Review your Content

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Courses and Workshops

These courses are designed to be 'self study' mode and come with additional coaching. These courses can also be delivered live online, or in face to face workshop mode.

Online Learning Strategies 101

The idea of this course is to fully immerse you in an interactive online learning experience using best practice learning strategies so you can experience them for yourself.

Learning Experience Design

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Curriculum Development

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Hear from organisations and thought leaders

Full of energy, accurate and engaging
Debbie and her team needed a 25 page policy turned into an educational video series and quiz.

As the project manager for the Alcohol and Other Drugs management policy implementation project I chose Maria to work with because during our initial meeting she claimed to be highly motivated, professional and passionate about her work.

The project has now been completed and Maria was true to her word, she was full of energy and ideas and clearly loved the work she did which resulted in an educational package which is accurate, engaging and suitable for a diverse audience of over 30,000 people.

Debbie Gaskin, Project Manager

A deep understanding of Educational Design, a talented teacher and inspiring mentor
Maria has a deep understanding of Educational Design, she is a talented teacher and inspiring mentor. I worked alongside Maria for two years in a remote and difficult context as she successfully developed and implemented a comprehensive English program for both trainers and students.

The gains in English language competence for all learner categories were impressive and, most significantly, the local English teachers achieved internationally recognised certification and the skills, understanding and confidence to sustain and take ownership of the programs developed.

Joy Pedersen, Teaching and Learning/Operations Manager, TVETSSP

Impeccable approach ... an exceptionally high standard of work
Maria is effervescent, passionate and energetic with the resilience to focus tirelessly until the job is done. She is a compassionate person who considers issues and challenges from a holistic perspective ensuring outcomes and decisions are inclusive of all stakeholders.

Maria’s impeccable approach and keen attention to detail culminates in an exceptionally high standard of work in terms of presentation and output.

Sonia Ferns, Manager Course Review, Curtin University

Maria really embodies what she does
Lots of people talk about engagement or creating trainings or inspiring your audience but Maria is the real deal. She has literally decades of hands-on, real life experience in incredibly varying environments working on understanding learning and user/learner engagement. Maria has a deep understanding of how learning happens and because she is just so damn good at what she does, she doesn't really explain things - she demonstrates them so you can see them in action. I saw first hand exactly how I can better communicate with my audience and not have people yawning in my videos, by watching her demonstrate and then explain different skills - this is the beauty of working with her - she really embodies what she does! Maria inspires, motivates and truly connects with her learners.

Cat LeBlanc, Business Strategist

She has an uncanny knack of helping your brain make sense of a tonne of information
Maria has this uncanny knack of helping your brain make sense of a tonne of information. The time I spent in her group workshop was just what I needed to re-set my systemisation skills and help me continue to pull together all the stuff inside my head into a usable format.

Maria is the person to go to help you get your ducks in a row so that you’re ready to chunk and package your know-how into something that works. Plus, she is great fun to work with and is so generous with her help and support. Thanks Maria.

Ro Gorell, Co-Director, Change Optimised

Not sure what you need?

All good. Some times you just need a few hours of strategic planning, sometimes you need a short term consultant to manage a project. I hear you. Book your Complimentary 15 minute Strategy Session so I can help you move forward with your content and delivery plans. Every client is different, every solution is different.


The articles I’ve written showcase the issues my clients have when developing curriculum and learning materials, and give you tips and practical actions to implement.

What commercial business problems can an instructional designer solve?
All organisations look for ways to save time, money and resources. This article explains how an instructional designer working with your team can save all three.
Using AI to create online learning content
How much content is too much content to include in your workshop, presentation or course? The answer is really quite simple. This article explains how to structure your learning content so you can create transformative learning experiences that gets results for your clients.
How to create a set of learning resources from a script
How much content is too much content to include in your workshop, presentation or course? The answer is really quite simple. This article explains how to structure your learning content so you can create transformative learning experiences that gets results for your clients.

I look forward to working with you in the near future

Founder and Director
SELECT Consultants Pty Ltd trading as Create Real Change™
ABN: 46 161 932 305

Stage 1: Design Your Product

What product are you going to create?

How does it work?

How is it delivered?

What can your clients expect?

Are you catering for different learning styles?

Do you have a complete user experience plan?

Stage 2: Write your Curriculum

What are you going to cover in terms of outcomes, theory, examples, activities?

How much content do you have and can you find it all easily?

Why do they need this content? How will it change their business or lives?

How will you motivate them to complete the learning content?

Stage 3: Build Your Resources

How are you going to create the presentations, workbooks, activity resources, tapescripts, audios, videos?

Do you know how to structure materials for maximum engagement?

Are your teaching skills best practice for adult learning?

Do you want to avoid death by powerpoint?

Stage 4: Review your Content

Are you improving your content every time it’s delivered?

Are you collecting feedback before, during and after the learning experience?

Do you know how and when to process and address the suggestions you receive?

Do you have content that needs a complete overhaul?