Profile

  • Over 20 years experience as an Instructional Designer, Corporate Trainer and Technical Specialist with extensive experience analyzing, designing, developing, implementing and evaluating distance learning, online learning and instructor-led curricula in the corporate and academic sectors
  • Proficient at using the ADDIE model and DACUM process to design, develop and implement engaging learner-centered curricula. Knowledgeable in design and delivery of vILT, ILT, eLearning and blended learning solutions.
  • Highly motivated, energetic and passionate individual with an innate talent for blending adult learning strategies and new technology to enhance performance improvement in the workplace

Work History

Work History
Oct 2012 - Present

Instructional Designer

University of Regina
  • Collaborating with faculty and production personnel on design and development of online, televised and blended courses and course materials
  • Consulting with and assisting faculty members with the selection and implementation of technology teaching tools and resources appropriate to their needs
  • Applying and modifying various instructional design models and learning theories to develop instructional materials and effective learning environments
  • Interpreting and applying current best practices of instructional design
  • Recommending best practices in all aspects of course design and development, including current standards, decisions about interface design, course architecture and navigation, advising on web accessibility standards, content arrangement, sequencing of lessons, assessment strategies, and selection of class activities
  • Conducting needs assessments and audience analysis to identify student learning needs
  • Proficient in developing online courses utilizing Moodle 2.6 Learning Management System.Collaborating with faculty and production personnel on design and development of online, televised and blended courses and course materials
  • Consulting with and assisting faculty members with the selection and implementation of technology teaching tools and resources appropriate to their needs
  • Applying and modifying various instructional design models and learning theories to develop instructional materials and effective learning environments
  • Interpreting and applying current best practices of instructional design
  • Recommending best practices in all aspects of course design and development, including current standards, decisions about interface design, course architecture and navigation, advising on web accessibility standards, content arrangement, sequencing of lessons, assessment strategies, and selection of class activities
  • Conducting needs assessments and audience analysis to identify student learning needs
  • Proficient in developing online courses utilizing Moodle 2.6 Learning Management System.
Sep 2004 - Jan 2011

Solutions Architect

Safeway Inc.

Elicited business requirements from Business Users and Stakeholders via interviews, document analysis and systems analysis.

  • Communicated results and recommended solutions to executive staff, business sponsors, and technical personnel
  • Assisted Project Managers in establishing project time-lines and resource requirements
  • Collaborated with Windows, Network and UNIX Engineers, Database and Security Analysts and Third-Party vendors to transform business requirements into software solution 
  • Successfully deployed the integration of heterogeneous systems and sub-systems
  • Performed sign off and quality assurance of overall implementation of software solutions
  • Supervised and supported designers and programmers during the project life cycle
  • Followed Rational Unified Process (RUP) methodology in all aspects of project delivery
  • Utilized various tools and techniques to successfully communicate findings, solutions, progress reports, etc. in a clear and concise manner. 
  • Proficient at conducting and facilitating meetings and information sessions locally or remotely. 
  • Vast technology knowledge of communications, network and windows operating system software
  • Distance communications specialist - proficient using WebEX and Live Meeting.
Feb 1995 - Aug 2004

Instructional Designer / Corporate Trainer

Safeway inc.
  • Designed and developed modular, flexible and reusable courses effectively using the ADDIE Model, DACUM process, Bloom’s Taxonomy and Kirkpatrick’s Learning Evaluation Theory
  • Collaborated extensively with subject matter experts from conducting training needs assessments to delivering the foundation curricula for an IT organization undergoing major restructuring
  • Consulted with management, subject matter experts and end users analyzing skill gaps and performance issues on an organizational, departmental, role and task level
  • Synthesized information gathered from various sources developing engaging and interactive learner-centered courses and workshops 
  • Lead the effort to analyze, design and deploy a synchronous distance learning environment using leading edge technology for training employees located throughout North America and Asia significantly reducing travel costs
  • Fostered critical thinking by strategically incorporating demonstrations, role-play, hands-on activities, large and small group discussions, guided reflection, and objective/subjective questioning into courseware
  • Developed engaging eLearning courses using Adobe Captivate 5.5, Articulate Studio 09 and various audio and video software 
  • Wrote an “Instructional Design Methodology” manual to assist in creating curricula for in class training, distance education and eLearning 
  • Reviewed third-party vendor’s courseware to ensure organizational needs were being met and supervised modifications where necessary
  • Recommended solid solutions on training intervention required to increase workplace performance efficiency including recommended appropriate delivery systems to match needs, time-lines and budgets
  • Responsible for sign off and quality assurance of overall design and implementation of curricula 
  • Effectively, delivered technical and non-technical training to audiences throughout North America and Asia using WebEX and Live Meeting as well as in a face-to-face environment
  • Conducted ID Project Management duties including time and budget estimating, planning and resource allocation
  • Supervised, mentored and supported Instructional Designers and Trainers during the project life cycle
  • Result-oriented Coordinator of design and development efforts on projects up to $7 million in benefits
  • Persuasively, communicated proposals and solutions, both written and verbal, to executives, business sponsors, technical personnel, end-users and third-party vendors in a clear concise language that is in the parlance of each group

Education

Education

Certifications

Certifications
Feb 2005

Competent Toastmaster

Toastmasters International

Skills

Skills

e-Learning: Articulate Studio 09 ♦ Captivate 5.5 ♦ PowerPoint ♦ Moodle 2.6 ♦ VoiceThread ♦ Storyboarding

Communication ♦ WebEX ♦ Live Meeting ♦ Skype ♦ Elluminate

Sound Design: Reaper ♦ Audacity ♦ ProTools

Digital Imaging & Web Design: Photoshop ♦ Fireworks ♦ Freehand ♦ Dreamweaver

Microsoft Office: Word ♦ PowerPoint ♦ OneNote ♦ Visio ♦Excel ♦ Access

Video Editing: Adobe Premiere 4.0 ♦ Vegas Movie Studio ♦ Lightworks 11.5

Programming: Java Script ♦ XML ♦ HTML