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Work experience

Jul 2010Present

Instructional Designer

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers

With nearly 800 employees located throughout the southeastern region of the country, LifeSouth is an exceptionally progressive non-profit blood center.  With only three Instructional Designers, this organization strives to provide relevant, timely, and effective training to a variety of highly technical staff.  To accomplish this goal, I am expected to perform each step of the ID process from design to evaluation.  As a result, I regularly perform the following tasks;

  • Working independently and collaboratively with staff and sponsors to design, develop, and redesign innovative and engaging web-based, instructor-led, and self-guided courses 
  • Analyzing workflow and processes for efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and productivity
  • Designing, coordinating, and implementing a targeted SME validation process for each training project
  • Managing content and organization of LMS
  • Producing courses and animated multimedia web-based trainings using Flash, Photoshop, PowerPoint, Captivate, Articulate, Camtasia, and Visio
  • Integrating online learning courses for highly technical content material
  • Identifying learner-driven instructional needs and objectives
  • Providing one-on-one, small group, and large group trainings
  • Maintaining and implementing strict regulatory compliance requirements in training development
  • Developing and validating written and performance assessments
  • Collaborating with other Instructional Designers, Subject Matter Experts, regulatory agents, and various levels of corporate management
  • Producing storyboards for projects using various instructional strategies
  • Creating detailed specification documents, such as flow and process charts
  • Developing flash-based multimedia objects and presentations for websites and eLearning content
Jan 2008Present

Instructor

Faulkner University

Faulkner University is a private institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).  With the main campus located in Montgomery, Alabama, a number of satellite campuses are strategically placed throughout the state.  As an Instructor, I primarily work with non-traditional adult students.  My main responsibilities include: 

  • Providing instruction to post-secondary criminal justice students, in accordance with established accreditation guidelines
  • Developing objective-driven learning activities and assessments
  • Counseling students to promote academic success

Courses include:

  • Juvenile Justice
  • Special Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Research Methods
20072009

Instructor/Admissions

ITT Technical Institute

ITT Technical Institute is a nationally-recognized institution that provides career-oriented students with highly technical skills.  While employed as an Adjunct Instructor, I worked with large classes of adult learners.  The primary courses taught included:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • English Composition I
  • Criminology
  • Corrections
  • Police Administration Practices
20052006

Director of Education

South Alabama CARES

South Alabama CARES is a federally-funded non-profit HIV/AIDS prevention organization.  Serving 13 South Alabama counties, the agency was awarded a number of grants to provide prevention education to targeted populations.  As the Director of Education, my primary responsibilities included:

  • Coordinating HIV/AIDS prevention efforts for thirteen counties in South Alabama
  • Conducting and analyzing research and needs-assessments measures for project development and quality assurance
  • Developing and implementating community programs for local schools, religious groups, businesses, and government entities
  • Managing daily operations of education department, including budgeting, operational planning, and supervisng of staff members
  • Researching and securing private and public funding for the education department through the grant writing process
20002003

Employment Training Facilitator

Ross Innovative Educational Services

Ross Innovative Educational Services (IES) was a grant-funded training organization.  As an Employment Transition Facilitator, I provided daily training sessions to long-term generational welfare recipients in job readiness.  While serving in this capacity, I performed the following tasks:

  • Facilitating job-readiness and life-skills training course for long-term welfare recipients on a daily basis
  • Developing and implementing up-to-date training curriculum to meet governmental requirements
  • Coordinating various public relations efforts involving print and broadcast media

Education

Skills

Training, Facilitation, and Teaching
Corporate trainings Public health and patient education programs Grant-funded initiatives Post-secondary teaching Individual tutoring/mentoring Community education
Instructional Design
Needs assessment Instructional systems design and development Project management Evaluation eLearning development
Research and Evaluation Skills
Literature review, document analysis, focus group facilitation, survey design, and interviews Research and evaluation design Statistical analysis using SPSS
Computer Software
Mac and Windows OS Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Articulate Presenter, Articulate Engage, Articulate Quizmaker, Captivate, Inspiration, Power Point, MS Word, Excel, Camtasia HMTL, Flash Digital photography, audio and video editing,  Educational software and technology tools, various Learning Management Systems SPSS Statistical Software

Instructional Design Portfolio

Related Resources

Presentations

"Virtual Reality Training:  Can 21st-century Educational Technology Be Safely and Effectively Utilized as a Means of Criminal Rehabilitation?".  MSERA 2010 Conference. Mobile, Alabama 

Professional Affiliations

Member, Kappa Delta Pi

Member, MidSouth Educational Research Association

Member, Center for Design and Performance Improvement

Train-the-trainer, Pacific Institute’s Imagine 21

Member, American Society for Training and Development

Member, Instructional Design Association, University of South Alabama

Member, Alpha Phi Sigma, Faulkner University

Words of Wisdom

'Treat people as if they were what they might be, and you will help them become capable of being.'

- Goethe

'To develop a complete mind, study the science of art; study the art of science.  Learn how to see.  Realize that everything connects to everything else.'

- Leonardo da Vinci

Summary

Welcome to my online portfolio!  This site serves as a compilation of my academic and professional experiences in the field of instruction.  Currently, I am actively pursuing a PhD in Instructional Design and Development from the University of South Alabama.  My primary research interest lies in the use and implementation of interactive technologies in various learning situations.  As a student, I have pondered the theoretical underpinnings of learning and its subsequent design.  I possess practical experience as an Instructional Designer for a large non-profit organization; as well as over ten years of training development and facilitation.  Additionally, I have maintained a position as an Adjunct Instructor with a private university for the past three years. 

I have extensive knowledge and experience in each stage of the ID process, and consider myself a lifelong student of "learning".  The scope of my abilities is diverse and extremely applicable to the corporate, academic, government, and social services environments.  I am a finished professional and a dedicated individual who enjoys a challenge.  Feel free to explore this site as you contemplate the use of my services.  Additional work samples are available upon request.