Rae Hanson

Research Associate, Information Architecture


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Rae Hanson is part of the Learning Design & Development team within the Institute for Simulation and Training's E2i Creative Studio and performs other duties as assigned in support of communications and administration of the School of Modeling, Simulation and Training.

As an information architect, Rae is continuously working to improve the learner experience with a focus on the design and development of learning management systems and multimedia interactive content. A storyteller at heart, she is always looking for the most effective way to tell the content’s story to a learner.

Since starting at IST in 1997, Rae has worked for several different labs in various roles such as a web developer, configuration manager, graphics coordinator, and information officer. She has participated in the design, quality assurance, and maintenance of multiple online database-driven applications and interactive websites for the research and simulation community as well as being involved in the development of training programs for multiple sponsors.


  • B.A., English: Technical Writing, University of Central Florida

  • A.A., English, Indian River Community College


  • I/ITSEC 2023 Planning Lead, School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training, UCF

  • Interim Marketing Communications Manager, School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training, UCF

  • Director's Suite Support, School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training, UCF

  • Research Associate, Information Architect, Institute for Simulation & Training, SMST, UCF


  • SLB/Schlumberger Technology Corporation, 2014 – Present, Human Performance and Learning Solutions focus
    • Project Highlights:
      • Improving Human Performance through Decision Making – Internal Publication
      • Improving Decision Making and Performance Through Situation Awareness – Internal Publication & eLearning Course
      • HSE COVID 19 New Normal Campaign – situation awareness & resilience support
      • Talk About COVID-19 – Discussion Generation Tool for HSE & PL Managers
      • An Introduction to Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes (KSAOs) – Internal Training
      • Learning Modernization & KSAO Workshops for Learning Solutions Designers & Learning Competency Development Managers (Nov 2018, May 2019)
  • Human Factors & Instructional Design for Immersive Learning Impact. VA/AR Association Enterprise & Training Forum 2023. May 24, 2023.
  • Strategies for Tackling Learning Modernization Challenges. DevLearn 2019. October 21-23, 2020.
  • I/ITSEC 2023 – SMST Planning Lead

Research Interests:

Cognitive Flexibility and Workload
Emerging and Advanced Learning Technologies
Learning Design
Metacognition and Human Performance
Narrative-based Learning

Areas of Expertise:

Communications and Technical Writing
Data Visualizations
Human Performance Gap Analysis
Information Architecture
Information Technology
Learning and Content Management Systems
Learning Solution Design and Development

Application Areas:

First Response
Human Factors
Software Development

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