Cheryl Johnson is a performance solution specialist with more than 20 years of experience in coaching, learning, development, and workplace training performance. With her pioneering attitude, she has made substantial contributions in the area of learning with an emphasis on behavioral change. Cheryl has been recognized as a leader in the architecture and design of interactive multimedia learning systems and strategies. She was also published by well-known educational psychologist Michael Allen in his 2012 e-Learning Annual. She has dedicated her life to developing learning solutions that drive performance at work and in one’s personal life.
In the late 1990s, Cheryl embarked on a journey to create a distance learning program for people using voice recognition technology because it was not cost-effective to train individuals one at a time in remote areas. The technical aspect of the program was primarily developed by a friend and peer and eventually patented. This program is still widely used today in various forms by voice recognition software companies to teach people to use the technology effectively. In the early 2000s, online learning became a much more widely used means of delivering education, and it turned out Cheryl and her friend had been trendsetters.
Cheryl implemented one of the first learning management systems (LMS) in 2005. This LMS has undergone rapid change over the years and is still a critical piece of most organizations’ learning programs. She continues to work with a multitude of vendors to implement their technology.
She went back to school in 2008 to learn more about the world of gaming to ensure her knowledge of how to build effective learning using games was up to par before the rush to incorporate gaming into the corporate learning space was introduced.
From 2010–2015, Cheryl spent time fine-tuning the skills she developed over the years and experimenting with various implementations in her environment and at different workplace locations to iron out the wrinkles. She has been actively involved in writing about the future of learning and delivering workshops to prepare interested instructional designers for the coming tsunami of change in the learning world.