I am a proven, experienced, innovative and highly creative Instructional Technology and Learning Development professional - and - a Berklee alumnus (MP&E Class of 1986, Cum Laude). I am passionate about learning and instructional technology, passionate about the future of music, media and entertainment – but most of all – I am passionate about making a difference.
Since moving to Houston in late 1996, I’ve worked on Instructional Technology and Learning Development projects aligning learners to the core values, cultures, techniques and technologies of global Fortune 500 corporations in the energy, oil & gas and healthcare industries. In this capacity, I help implement, coordinate, manage and problem-solve instructional technologies that help develop professionals and enable adult learners to deliver measurable results.
I have spent the vast majority of my career as a highly effective, strategic, progressive, outside-of-the-box-thinking advisor, collaborator, communicator and business partner to senior leadership across all functions of global organizations on all aspects related to Instructional Technology and its impact and role in both Academic and Corporate Educational Programs. I possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, empathetic listening, interpersonal and consultative skills with a strong orientation towards customer service and attention to details.
As an Instructional Technology professional, I have developed hands-on, code-level expertise and fluency with the most state-of-the-art, cutting edge Instructional Technologies, Learning Management Systems (LMS) and HCM/HRIS technologies that serve as the backbone for Virtual Universities and Online Learning Portals – and use them to coordinate and administer educational programs and manage student progress.
As a Learning Development Professional, I possess deep fluency and application of instructional design principles, adult learning theory and demonstrated ability to design instruction utilizing the latest interactive instructional techniques, technologies and approaches. I am innately dedicated to maintaining current knowledge of innovations, research, theories, technologies and trends in the fields of Instructional Technology, Instructional Design, and Blended Curriculum Development and possess hands-on skills in eLearning development, instructor-led and virtual course design/delivery, digital video production/delivery, 3D animation, interactive web content development and social media.
As a Project Manager, I work within time and budget constraints, handling multiple levels of projects simultaneously with creative and innovative approaches. In this capacity, I have overseen a wide variety of diverse project teams. I have led instructional technology implementation projects from conception to completion working with teams of business analysts, networking technicians, coders, technology architects, project managers and change management communications staff in order to deliver best-of-breed instructional technology solutions. I have also project managed full lifecycle curriculum development projects that feature blended learning solutions harnessing a wide variety of instructional technologies working with teams of instructors, faculty, subject matter experts, writers, instructional designers, video producers, animators and graphic artists. In both cases - I have led both internal teams and third-party service providers. Over the last two decades, I have spearheaded the development of several corporate internship and mentorship programs to include college students on project teams – and provided coaching and mentoring to junior team members.
Over the years, my experience has enabled me to develop fluency with a vast array of technology-based curriculum development tools/strategies/techniques and instructional technologies – expertise I have harnessed to teach and to help and assist a multitude of stakeholders, subject matter experts, faculty and instructors to create curriculum for the next generation of learners.
I possess over two decades of hands-on experience as a Project Manager on LMS implementations and as an LMS Administrator – for LMS such as Canvas, SABA, SumTotal, Cornerstone, Success Factors, Litmos, Moodle and others. I use techniques like Gamification to engage and motivate students with achievements, points, and badges, based on their activity in the LMS.
I possess hands-on experience, expertise and fluency with SCORM, AICC and rapid eLearning development and content authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline 360, Adobe Captivate, Trivantis Lectora, Camtasia Studio and others. Most recently, I was a beta tester and now a power user of Articulate 360.
I am also fluent and possess expertise with Virtual Classroom technologies such as Saba Centra, Microsoft Skype for Business, WebEx, Adobe Connect and others – and utilize them globally.
I harness collaborative, mobile, social networking apps such as Yammer, Google Apps, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and many others for collaborative Social Learning purposes.
I possess over two decades of hands-on fluency with both Adobe Creative Suite and Adobe Video Production Suite, (now called the Adobe Creative Cloud) as well as 3D animation tools such as 3D Studio Max.
I utilize music sharing apps such as iTunes, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Tunecore, YouTube and others.
Along with the fluencies and abilities discussed above, I am also able to liaison seamlessly between business & finance, sales & marketing, human resources, research & development, technology, IT and creative teams, for my specialty is learning and speaking each group’s language and then translating and relating them back to the languages of instructional technology, learning development and education program coordination.
However, along with the knowledge of how these different disciplines can be integrated together to create state-of-the-art, cutting-edge, global, blended education programs - I also understand the big picture that underlies it all: instructional technologies and education programs serve as tools for the development of an organization’s student-base, customer-base, executive board, workforce, industry and the general public – and must do so compellingly and innovatively with functionality and clarity, while enhancing the competence and confidence of all learners.