University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Education
Educational Philosophy & Policy Specialty in Instructional Technology
Advisor: Professor Nicholas Burbules
Dissertation: Video Cases as Educational Visualizations in K-12 science and Math areas: Focusing on STEM areas and implication for teacher in-service Professional Training.
Jun 1994 - Jun 1996
Learning Sciences Program,
Northwestern University, Evanston, Il.
Instructional Technology: the Application of Cognitive Science research developing innovations in K-12 pedagogy; creating learner based computation tools for STEM areas:, visualizations, collaboration, mentoring, earth and life science. Research conducted in 50 classrooms within Roy Pea's COVIS project; Cognitive science research towards the improvement of education via technology and pedagogy: for example creating Cyber-enabled Instructional Technologies, tools and Collaborative Technologies based on scientifically authentic cognitive practices
Advisor: Education College Dean, Roy Pea (now Professor at Stanford.
Funded under Project: CoVis, K-12 STEM areas, using innovative technology; new tools including the Collaborative Notebook, Weather Visualizer.
School of the Art Institute
Film and Video, Digital Media
Works: Maxwell Street Blues
Invited Director, London International Film Festival
Jun 2011 - Sep 2014
Returning Scholar Graham School of Continuing Education
University of Chicago
My sabbatical goal at the Graham School was to improve my knowledge of sister fields, specifically medical education heath research. These courses allowed me to write about comparing research in education to the research in Medical Education & Research. Also to understand social media use and methods with focusing on social media in Politics.
Media Innovation Laboratory Director and Senior Consultant.
University of Chicago School of Medicine, Summer Intensive Program in Outcomes Research Training:Fundamentals of Health Services Research: PPHA 47900
Taught bu Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, & David Meltzer, MD, PhD, Director and other faculty
Script writing; Logan School, taught by John Petrakis
May 2011 - Apr 2012
Director of Training
AECOM National Security Division
Director of Training;: Project management, courseware creation and rapid development and deployment of courses, methods and supporting technology to serve professional language and analytic staff within the National Security Agencies.
Senior Educator and Learning System Architect I was charged with the recruiting, testing, training and planning of training needed By each staff member agreed to within a contract for life long learning. Apply instructional design and adult learning theory to propose solutions that are cost-effective, easy-to-create and maintain, visually and instructionally compelling, and provide a rewarding experience for the learner. Staff included linguists and intelligence analysts— in 18 language groups and 12 international regions
My revised training program developed unique methods to increase the effectiveness of the prior Agency courses using rapid assessment benchmarking based on recent advances in cognitive sciences. Design and produce the creative and interactive training content including demos, job aids, surveys, quizzes, pre and post-tests, and learning activities. Facilitated course development with the various managers, the security staff, CIA College administrators, faculty, and subject matter experts to ensure accurate course population and delivery each term of the academic year.
Within three months we created and developed all courseware and materials.
Largely during active courses my role became creator of needed assessment measurements. As colleagues taught a course module, I created on the fly the assessment of key concepts, using Survey Monkey. We knew multiple key learning moments within each class and course segment, thus by administering the assessment survey, we also immediately knew the level of significant misconceptions.
T.o correct these emergent learning difficulties, we used alternative course content and multiple teachers, We continually assessed and measured quality of learned concepts from course discussion and newly created, on-the-fly, assessments, When needed, we developed learning methods and solutions even creating further corrections in the manner of design-based research until my assessments showed nearly 100% correct cognitive maps of essential keystone content. after the first boot camp training was completed, all of the new learning surveys were prepared,
Innovation:: Our methods significantly improved time to CIA certification thus improving the corporate ROI.. In collaboration with CIA faculty. Tools: We used the Baysean AI expert toolss from the Computational Linguistic Lab at CMU to produced new computer-based instructional delivery methods to improve spoken English; for all 18 languages of Linguists. We Pre-Calculated for say Russian first language linguists the needed practice in contrast to the pre-calculated AI system for a Arabic or Phasto first language linguist improving their English.
Jan 2009 - Jan 2011
Director of Research
Director of Research & Education for Corporate Sales Division working with start ups who. focused on the development of solution to business systems Many apps Developed for start ups and existing businesses and organizations
Jan 2009 - Oct 2009
Project Manager Online Courseware Group
National Science Foundation
Project Manager Developing just in time courseware for new Program Officers and NSF staff..
Designed adult learning programs in collaboration with faculty plus other experts for delivery in various modalities from LMS, Mobile, Audio only, non internet computers via thumdrives and DVD's I was added as head of this team to create completed courses as required by the Division Directors. As an NSF funded researcher and grant reviewer, I provided the expertise and management with a primary emphasis on design and development of learning tools based on their appropriateness for our audience of senior scientists.
Lead a program and trained my staff to find innovations increasing the ROI of the final courseware within the LMS using a rapid workflow Design, Digital Scientific Journalism. We were able to create the first hour of courseware in seven weeks at a tenth the cost of prior courses.
DESIGNING FOR SENIOR SCIENTISTS: NSF Senior Scientists serve in the role of senior project managers. Consulting with administration, faculty, and staff on design, development and evaluation of instructional programs, materials, methods, and teaching and assessment techniques. I was able to work in the NSF Academy with Program Officers as a colleague, (often in areas where I understood the underlying scientific challenges.)
Jan 2006 - Jan 2008
George Mason University
George Mason University
Adjunct Faculty,, in The College of education and Human Development.
In the Masters program for instructional design.
Graduate Level Courses; Students included many K-12 teachers finishing their Masters and Doctorates degrees.
I taught web-based course creation using practical technical skills required to master Adobe Connect, Captivate and the video skills: camera use, sound, lighting. and Editing with HD Video media. We used Avid editing software for rich learning; including SCORM compliance. My courses also included Research and design of learning systems.
GMU's Instructional Technology Program is extensive and I co-taught in such areas including Instruction Design and Research Methods for STEM and professional learners. A course on Emerging Technologies; a course on Visual Analytics focusing on computer-based Visualizations, Gaming and Cyber-infrastructure Tools for STEM education. Developed and provided to graduate students, teachers of STEM topics in K-12. my final course on filmmaking. This course required the full summer session and was both an extensive review and a course teaching practical skills using professional software.
Courses Used Blackboard & Adobe Connect for delivery, with blended Distance Learning technologies and focused on selecting the appropriate development and software tools so that the students would be able to create media rich Courses in STEM areas, in K-12.
Oct 2005 - Mar 2006
Graduate School of the USDA
Washington, D.C. Senior Academic and eLearning Program Manager/Consultant, Managing Instructional Designers, IT programmer for IT Courses Center for Innovative Technology. Collaborated with faculty and subject matter experts, evaluating educational software and web-based applications that support university curricula. New course development with staff, faculty, college administrators, and government subject matter experts to ensure effective delivery of each within the term of the academic year.
Jan 1997 - Jan 2003
Research Scientist In Education
Education Division of the Nation Center for SuperComputer Applications(NCSA).
Urbana, Il Senior Scientist, Research Scientist in Education: STEM area at the NCSA in the Division of Education, Science Education National Computational Science Alliance(NCSA), at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL.
: Transformed advanced complex scientific tools created by NCSA science teams for use by learners -- From Hight School through college and graduate education.
K-12 and College Courseware Created
Courseware creation using these advanced learner tools in collaboration with teaching faculty team to produce instructional design documentation including design templates, standards, style guides, technical specifications, straw models, video scripts, train-the-trainer, pilot materials, and errata sheets.
Research Project funded at $2.3M by the Department of Education: Teaching Tomorrows Teachers to used Technology; P/I, Department of Education grant ($2.3M) to Prepare Tomorrow’s Teachers My team at the NCSA was funded to develop extensive resources, portals, curricula tied to standards, use of Video Cases in Professional Development courses . Organized and taught at national meeting.
Working with faculty teams in:
- Modeling and Visualization in
- Nano-technology and
- Engineering as well as
- extensive work with the Habanero team
- in partnership with Illinois Schools to research using this powerful collaboration tool. by our HPC teams and
- Data Mining Software used in K-12 Policy and Practice
Across STEM Disciplines funded by CISE and other NSF Divisions, We created K-12 versions of the tools and created standards based curriculum through our national partnership of both SDSC and NCSA. With funding from NCREL, a laboratory of the US DOE, we created training programs and STEM curriculum for dissemination throughout the North Central Region.
RiverWeb™, Senior Author, Director of Cognitive Development. Developed by a consortium of the three science museums located on the Mississippi, we created a joint project with components located at each museum. In collaboration with Visualization Team and the Hydrology Team, he wrote the successful NSF grant to the Informal Education group which funded in the three Mississippi Science Museums and integrated program called RiverWeb™. At the Science Museum of Minnesota (http://www.smm.org/), we built large Virtual Reality Displays into a wheelhouse from the shell of an actual boat. NCSA created the model and controls that allowed visitors to tour the Mississippi guiding the virtual ship. The Army Corps of Engineers provided the under-lying models. Smaller exhibits incorporated both the history and the science of the twisting course of the river and the causes of recent major floods. At the St. Louis Science Center (http://www.slsc.org/), history was combined with hydrology and information science along with a K-12 curriculum. At the Illinois State Museum (http://www.museum.state.il.us/), the history of the earlier cultures up to the present day was the focus along with the development of companion K-12 curriculum. The project continues under Professor Burton with a focus on history (http://riverweb.ncsa.uiuc.edu/).
Graduate Courses Taught: College of Education & NCSA:
Using online and blended methods based on using newly created GRID online educational infrstructure systems combined with NCSA teleconferencing through the University of Illinois’ MCU infrastructure Students located in thirty classroom around the country. Subjects taught: Scientific Visualization, history, methods and programming of computer graphic element for future use in education. Collaborative systems for education using GRID technologies.
Jan 2004 - Jan 2008
Senior Fellow Role Grant
Senior Fellow, NSF ROLE Program on research methodologies in Education: An NSF project, Senior Fellow: NSF Working Group on Mathematics and Neuroscience.
Fellow, Virtual Organizations and Systems Project: Part of NSF research into Virtual Organizations as Socio-Technical Systems in Education.
Jan 2000 - Jan 2004
K-12 Tool for Infrastrucure Assessment
Co-Developer with Al Zeisler
Co-created with engineering and electrical engineering faculty and with Al Zeisler from AT&T.
Produced an online course and model that could accurately guide school districts through the process of building IT technology into their schools and accurately predict their costs of moving into the 21st century technological world.
Within two years the tools was ownloaded by over eight thousand school districts around the world.
It remains popular, with additional DOE funding it is maintained and updated, thus it remains available online twenty plus years of continuous support for American School Districts and international schools. It is currently funded and can be found here: http://www.edvantia.org/
Jan 1980 - Jan 1986
University of Illinois Chicago Media Production Center
Research Associate, Faculty Consultant, developing courses, Senior Instructional Designer, Film and Video Producer, Computer Science Producer.
Within the Media Production Center and the Electronic Visualization Laboratory of the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Senior Educator/Producer/Director of our educational and documentary films and videos.