I design and manage digital products and educational technology. I love creating user experiences that help people learn and grow. My background in business strategy, UI/UX design, and education has helped me lead agile teams to build products that are aligned with both learning goals and business objectives. I’m always looking for good people, purpose-driven projects, and interesting ideas. Say ‘hi’ at isaiah.w.b [at] gmail.com or on LinkedIn
I’ve used the Problem → Opportunity → Feature structure to improve the Knowable mobile app. This post is fairly brief; if you’d like to hear more about my user research findings, please contact me. Here are some of the solutions I discuss:
In my role as Lead Educator and Instructional Designer at the social venture incubator, Groundswell, I redesigned and taught the BUILD Program curriculum, helping emerging founders develop entrepreneurial skills and launch impact-focused startups.
After a few years of running this program, the team was looking for ways to make better use of resources and get founders further along in the development of their ventures—all while maintaining the community-based, collaborative experience that Groundswell is known for.
After interviewing alumni, and working closely with the founding team and board members, I was able to map out the current systems and environment to…
In my role as Product Manager and Instructional Designer, my founding team and I created enScholar, a mobile-friendly career app for active teens. With short videos and modular activities, we help students define and reflect on their interests, strengths, and values, and provide a system for practicing and applying critical thinking. We’ve made everything free for career seekers of all ages.
“enScholar was extremely useful for me to have a much deeper and robust conversation with my teens. …
This year, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a talented, inspiring group of urban entrepreneurs who are confronting the most important social and environmental challenges facing Metro Vancouver and beyond. I’m proud that Groundswell is an inclusive incubator program which empowers those from low-income and marginalized backgrounds to create a livelihood through self-employment.
My first year as lead educator of the Build program saw me overhauling the curriculum while simultaneously teaching it. This has been a wonderful way for me to test my own hypotheses surrounding entrepreneurial education with young adults.
Some of my assumptions proved false. I realized…
In this post: How a mic stand helped me squeeze out precious additional hours — Creating custom audio for GRE studying — The tools that worked and those that didn’t — The 3 most productive uses of time when training for the Quantitative Reasoning section — My personal voice recordings for studying for AW and VR — How meditation helped boost my score — Examples of my study notes and other bits of wisdom.
Although by no means a miracle, with a few simple learning hacks I was able to take both my GRE quantitative and verbal scores up an…
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…have no idea what they want to major in, and half end up switching majors at least once during their undergraduate years, says a study done at Penn State.
Working with university students, it’s been my experience that many feel lost even after graduation. …
I had just turned 16, and was sitting in a hard, plastic chair in the back row of a musty classroom.
It was day one of Driver’s Ed.
Scribbled on a green chalkboard at the front of the room were 30 dashed lines, separated into three groups — the beginnings of a game of Hangman.
A heavy-set man with a sparse beard (our instructor, Gerald) proceeded to field our stabs at the answer.
My class and I had clearly expected some kind of driving-specific wisdom, and definitely not:
“Knowledge accelerates experience”
The purpose of drivers ed, as…