C. Keiko Funahashi works at the crossroads of instructional design and user experience (UX) design in the field of technology-enhanced learning product and program development. Keiko has designed and developed learning experiences for classroom, blended, online, and mobile education, and also has conducted research into the market, target learner needs, and learning environment design. At the basis of her practice are user-centered design approach and the knowledge in learning principles, user interface design principles and best practices in educational product development.

Skill sets

Slide design example from a conference presentation 

Online click-through slide design example

Alzheimer’s disease awareness slideshow with audio

Specific tasks Keiko performs in developing effective and efficient learning experiences are:

Conceptualization Stage

-Conducts research to investigate learner/teacher needs, learning preferences, and educational product market/trends

-Works with subject matter experts to define learning objectives

-Develops an overall concept of a learning product/service

-Defines the functional requirements of the learning systems


Development Stage

-Designs learning activities

-Designs learning activity templates

-Creates low-fidelity prototypes for presentation & testing

-Conducts and supervise prototype/idea testing sessions with target learners

-Works with visual designers to define appearance of user interface that supports learning

-Defines organization of the content (at course-, chapter-, lesson-, and activity-levels)

-Edits content, media, and learning activities to ensure lessons are aligned with learning objectives

-Supervise creation of learning media to ensure the content and its presentation are engaging and support learning


Evaluation Stage

-Evaluates completed/existing learning products (textbooks, lesson plans, systems, mobile apps) for educational effectiveness, learner appeal, appropriateness, usability, etc.


Specific learner populations Keiko has worked with are:

-Young learners (Age 3-12)

-Teenage learners (Age 13-17)

-Adult professionals

-Adult casual learners

-Older adults (Age 65+)

Work experiences and credentials: ca.linkedin.com/in/ckeikofunahashi




Past work: http://www.ckeikofunahashi.com/?page_id=43