Instructional Design portfolio

My name is Michael D. Young and I’m an instructional designer and learning experience developer. I have seven years of public school teaching experience and have master’s degrees in both instructional design and educational leadership. I’m also a published author and podcaster. You can read more about me and my creative projects at


Sample projects

The following are storyboards I created for a technology instructional video while working as a freelancer for TestOut Corporation. These videos are meant to train aspiring technology professionals about data privacy and security. In this project, I focused on providing clear objectives, giving the learner digestible chunks of comprehensible input.

The following are assessment questions meant to assess learners after they have watched instructional videos about technology. These were also created for TestOut Corporation. In these questions, I focused on creating questions that had plausible distractors and descriptive feedback, so that learners would have to demonstrate mastery of the concepts and could learn from the mistakes they make.

Online World Language Courses Developed for Brigham Young University

This is an online course for high schoolers and college students I helped design and build on Canvas for Brigham Young University. I worked with subject matter experts, coordinated media production, and oversaw the quality assurance process. The university’s American Sign Language Courses are some of its most popular online offerings.

1st Year ASL, Part I:


“I just wanted to tell you that you are fantastic. Clarissa and I both agree that you have been the best person (by far) to work with on these elementary courses. Your professionalism, creativity, highly developed skills, communication, and general good nature have made our jobs so much easier. And it has made the German course fantastic. The stories and songs are turning out great.”

-William Anderson, Media Specialist Middlebury Interactive Languages

“Michael is extremely hardworking and dependable. He worked well with other team members as well as took the initiative to complete additional tasks independently. He was always happy, on task, and willing to lend an extra hand to others. In addition, Michael always had the most creative activities and ideas for his courses. Team members from other languages would always turn to him for added insight and creativity. Under Michael’s guidance, the German team produced two high-quality courses in a short amount of time. He truly was an overall great asset to our team and company.”

-Kandyce Coston, Manager at Middlebury Interactive Languages

As the German Language Team Lead, he has worked with various teachers over multiple years to take generic standards and skills and organize them into specific and measurable learning objectives, pacing guides, common formative assessments, and lesson materials that have improved instruction and collaboration. I believe Michael’s strengths as an effective leader, a curriculum expert, and an excellent instructor will continue to help him in any educational endeavor he seeks.

-Clint Poole, Principal of West Elementary, Tooele, UT

Companies I’ve worked for

Other publications

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