eLearning Specialist & Instructional Designer in Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Design and produce creative, digital teaching, learning and research solutions for organizations focused on delivering innovative education and training.
Experienced classroom educator, instructional designer, online course developer, and eLearning web services administrator who readily bridges technical and educational domains to advance project goals.
Guiding LMS stakeholder teams in delivering a new online learning platform that will serve campus students and faculty. Configuring the overall design of the Moodle 2 site including the various add-on components hosted by Moodlerooms, Inc.
Current Project - Lahey Medical Clinic: assisting nursing educators in strategic decisions to improve student activity reporting and course completion tracking features on their Moodle 1.9 system.
Past Projects - American Student Assistance: provided eLearning consulting focused on Moodle LMS site administration for financial education product. • Special Events Institute: initiated customized Moodle site and designed reusable course template. • NWA Productions, LLC: Researched market for consumer education in veterinary health and nutrition. Created original prototype and scalable course design in Human Anatomy & Physiology for multiple Allied Health and Medical Assisting programs using the CampusCruiser learning platform. Managed four part-time team members. • Bay State College: Produced courses in collaboration with adjunct faculty using the eCollege learning platform. .
Coordinated three software release cycles per year as part of a small product development and technical support team. Customized and maintained an enterprise-wide installation of Moodle, an open source course management system used as the eLearning platform by on-campus and distance education faculty and students. Collaborated with educators and information specialists to analyze and articulate software requirements for custom tools. Resolved and documented key user support issues. Suggested strategies, best practices, and suitable new technologies.
Contributed significantly to the overall success of a very rapid, full-scale transition from WebCT Vista to Moodle. Designed the site-wide configuration settings, the initial course templates, and key demonstration courses. Led needs analysis and offered recommendations to benefit distance learning faculty. Developed requirements for a substantial portion of the instructional components in the university's new eLearning system. Helped the project managers build consensus and remove obstacles to implementation by aligning feature sets in the two systems.
Co-developed and coordinated grant project. Guided student interns in video production.
Leadership Role - Dramatically boosted the school’s overall capacity for teaching with technology by initiating collaborations, boosting confidence, setting reliable expectations, systematically upgrading available hardware, locating more bilingual software, and demonstrating technology-leveraged lessons. Wrote and administered the school’s grant based on a district-wide Teaching for Understanding program. Conducted needs assessment, delivered targeted workshops, and administered online registrations.
Support Role - Managed the school's new computer lab including server account maintenance. Provided daily assistance to 52 busy educators.
Created classroom lessons and trained teachers in strategy-based reading software aimed at young children with significant cognitive disabilities.
Designed database, organized workflow, and trained staff in the use of
newly installed video documentation equipment in an early childhood laboratory
classroom. Recorded with remote-controlled cameras. Edited popular promotional video for parents.
Web site design and maintenance for academic research sites on request of individual chemistry faculty members. ( see examples )
Used Drupal for web redesign. Designed and taught "Macintosh OS X Basics" class to adults, including many novices.
Managed a busy, public school classroom that included students with special needs. Led the revision of pre-kindergarten curriculum and screening assessment
Taught young children in a high-profile program based on Howard Gardner's
Theory of Multiple Intelligences.
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|Using both Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh operating systems.|