Hi there! My name is Michael, and I am an Instructional Designer from Australia.

I have over 18-years experience in the training sector. I have helped people learn in hospitals and airlines to wind farms and coal mines.

I am a qualified graphic designer and instructional designer and have had formal training and experience in project management, photography, workplace training and content creation.

I also renovate, travel, sketch, build bicycles, coach mountain biking, and volunteer in my community.

Headshot of Michael Johns

“Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one” – Voltaire

Voltaire was onto something here. I mean, who can claim to know everything? I’m always learning new things, sometimes by mistake, sometimes by curiosity. And I’m OK with that. I don’t need to have all the answers. I just need to have the right questions.

A venn diagram showing me at the conjunction between graphic design and instructional design. Illustration by Michael Johns

Skills and knowledge.

  • Adult learning methodologies and frameworks (e.g. SAM, ADDIE, Action mapping, Backwards design).
  • Training needs analysis, story-boards and action mapping.
  • Design software (Adobe Creative Cloud, HTML, WordPress).
  • E-learning software (Articulate Storyline 360, Rise and H5P).
  • Learning Management Systems (Moodle, Ed App and Canvas).

From a construction company to a cycling club, I have gained a lot of experience collaborating with others and managing various projects.


“Michael is respectful, good-humoured and actively interested in learning design. His research and work was of the highest quality. I am glad he wants to continue his journey down this path.”

Spiros Soulis
Queensland University of Technology

“Michael’s clear explanation of the steps he would take in creating our training material, along with his obvious enthusiasm for instructional design was refreshing.”

Corinne Matlawski
Midcoast Shire Council NSW

“His professional skills are outstanding. Having a deep sense of analysis and creativity, he can design a fantastic learning experience for your team. It is my pleasure to recommend him!”

María Fernanda Bonett

Illustration of a crowded bookshelf. The books are titled with various learning and design titles. Illustration by Michael Johns