Instructional designer / multimedia developer experienced in designing and developing creative and innovative solutions to performance and training problems. Skills include instructional analysis and design, management of projects and teams, writing, storyboarding, illustration, working with subject matter experts, animation and digital audio/video production, e-learning production, modular content design, SCORM programming, packaging, and testing, scripting and process automation, software development, web development, and integration of e-learning content with learning management systems.
Instructional Designer / Author
Element K, Pearson Publishing, Barnesandnoble.com, SmartPlanet, Army Medical Department (AMEDD), NORAD/US Northern Command, Others
: Develop a library of training materials to support instructor-led training, web-based, and mobile distance learning. Interview subject matter experts and convert existing documentation into instructional materials. Design, write, and storyboard content for media such as training manuals, interactive assets (for hybrid courses), video, simulations and learning games, practice activities, assessments, PowerPoint slides and data files, quick reference cards, and instructor notes.
Authored more than 50 instructor-led and web-based asynchronous distance learning courses for a variety of customers. Content areas have included:
John Wiley & Sons, Higher Education Division
Produce a new line of higher education distance learning courseware that provides modular content design, authoring tools, ability to export to various Learning Management Systems formats such as SCORM 1.2 and WebCT, enables students and instructors to work offline as needed, provides performance-based navigation, contextual note-taking, progress tracking, and integration with learning management systems.
Simulation Technical Lead, Programmer, Graphic Developer
: U.S. Air Force
: Produce a game/simulation platform for training medical practitioners on anesthetic procedures. The training covers cognitive skills to be provided through a web-based simulation game, and psychomotor skills, to be provided through a haptic simulator developed by a subcontractor.
Wireframe illustration (preliminary design sketch) for the simulation layout
Web Application Developer, Graphic Designer / Media Developer
Our team had already developed various product portal web sites for Schneider employees and customers to learn about their electronic products, depicted in various commercial and industrial contexts. The customer wanted a way to connect all of the product sites in a "virtual city" and to have a means for Schneider employees to update content on all of the web sites.
Web-based content management tool
Multimedia Programmer, Graphic Designer
Develop a library of reusable assets that can be “re-skinned” with a different “look and feel” to facilitate inexpensive and efficient customization for different customers.
Example asset in GK “Blues” Theme
Same asset in “Sea Glass” Sample Theme
Multimedia Programmer, Instructional Designer, Animator / Illustrator, User Interface Designer
Ziff-Davis Education / Element K, Global Knowledge, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sara Lee, Others
: Develop software application demonstrations, simulations, animations, and videos by capturing screen elements, creating digital illustrations, rendering 3D models, capturing and editing video. Add scripted behaviors to provide interactivity.
The customer wanted a reusable framework for a series of soft skills training videos that would be released on CD-ROM and hosted on a website. The user interface had to be generic so as not to require re-branding for different customers, and it had to offer a simple means to aggregate multiple videos and enable them to play as though they were a single video, with navigation between video segments provided through a menu.
Instructional Design (front-end analysis and concept), Software Developer
NORAD / U.S. Northern Command
Primary Development Tools / Languages
The customer wanted to provide an engaging seminar experience for flag officers exploring a response to domestic terrorism and disaster scenarios. Previously, these activities had been conducted in a seminar setting, using PowerPoint slides to lead discussion. Class Response Systems (or "clickers") are gaining popularity in college classrooms. The clicker concept was applied to branching simulation exercises conducted by NORAD/USNORTHCOM.
At each decision point in the exercise, several possible actions were listed, and participants used the clickers to choose what they felt was the best response. After all participants voted, a histogram (bar chart) was shown, representing the spread of choices. After discussion, the group agreed on one of the choices to branch to the resulting scenario (a Flash movie) and the next decision point. Participants' responses were collected in an Excel spreadsheet for charting and analysis.
Develop a standalone tool to analyze, print, and save runtime communication between a learning object and a SCORM-conformant API.
Develop an IMS/AICC packaged learning object that can be deployed on an LMS to provide detailed information about the LMS’s capabilities and detailed information that might be helpful for content integration and extending LMS capabilities.
: Software Developer
Provide a simple course evaluation mechanism that can be integrated easily into e-learning courses developed by a variety of vendors. Data must be in a form that can easily be downloaded and aggregated into an Excel spreadsheet.
Develop custom course authoring tools to generate courseware directly from e-learning course storyboards.
E-learning course generation options include CSS-based user interface themes and custom branding
Develop a standard programming interface for e-learning courses so the same course can play with progress tracking, scoring, and bookmarking on learning management systems supporting different tracking protocols (e.g., AICC, SCORM) without requiring re-programming or other modification.
Instructional Designer, Scripter / Process Automation Developer
U.S. Office of Naval Research, U.S. Missile Defense Agency
The customers wanted to reduce production cost and improve quality of products produced by Department of Defense weapons systems manufacturing prime contractors, who produced an estimated 65 to 80 percent of parts and components in the U.S. defense systems supply chain.
Sample program results include:
Additional project details are available at https://www.leanpathways.com/
Ziff-Davis Education (now Element K)
Produce a software tool to automate conversion of e-learning course content for various delivery platforms, learning management systems, and course packaging formats.
Analyze and debug runtime communication of learning objects.
Produce a browser-based personal e-learning environment through which learners can launch and track SCORM-conformant e-learning content without being online. This platform has been used to deliver e-learning content to customers of Element K, Gateway Computer, Micron, BestBuy, New Horizons, and others.
: Manager of New Product Development, Instructional Designer
Ziff-Davis Education (now Element K)
Develop a cost-effective alternative for producing e-learning courseware. LearnItOnline consisted of web-based self study tutorials. Applications (such as Microsoft Word or Excel) were presented on the Web page as a simulation. Within the simulated application, learners would perform tasks in step-by-step fashion as the narrator prompted. Feedback was provided when learners didn't perform tasks correctly.
Another company produced simulations for us using their proprietary development tools and browser plug-in, which was optimized for producing software simulations. However, it was slow to produce content with that technology, and very expensive.
When Shockwave for Director was introduced, we developed a production toolkit based on Director, which enabled us to produce courseware that was faster to download, more robust, and much less expensive to produce. Using Director, we brought production completely in-house.
Manager of New Product Development, Software Architect, Programmer, Assessment Author
Ziff-Davis Education (now Element K)
Develop a tool to deliver computer skills assessments for common productivity applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Lotus Notes, and so forth. The product must provide true assessments within the actual software environment and provide a comprehensive library of pre-written assessment tasks. It must also include all authoring tools necessary to customize and add to the library of assessments and be deliverable to learners via disk, network, or as an email attachment.
Manager of New Product Development, Software Architect, Content Author, Instructional Designer
Logical Operations (now Element K)
Develop hybrid-learning product features to differentiate the company’s instructor-led training materials from competitive products.