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Santia  E.  Velazquez-VERA

Instructional Designer - Trainer & Consultant

Summary

Creative tech savvy e-learning trainer professional with 18 years in the workforce and almost 8 years in related jobs with progressive experience in educational and academic functions. Proven ability to combine innovation, vision, support, leadership, thirst for knowledge, content writing, among many others to ensure the objectives are met. 

Areas of Expertise

Learning Management Teaching Adults
Technology Integration Research
Social Media Experienced Speaker
Training Coordination Foreign Languages Teaching
Personalized approach LMS Administration

Educational & Academic Leadership

Work History

Feb 2014Oct 2015

Faculty Development Coordinator

Dewey University - Hato Rey, Puerto Rico 

Designed a three years Faculty Development Strategic Plan after having designed and administered a faculty's needs assessment. Provided training to faculty, tutors and staff in educational technology, in-service training and support for sustainable programming in face to face, blended and media enriched learning environments. Conducted faculty meetings. Encouraged a culture of continuous growth in teaching and learning best practices. Worked directly with cohort STEM faculty members in order to develop online courses and academic support repositories. Supervised and coordinate the use of the Faculty Development Center. Managed MOODLE as a learning management system. Guided faculty members while creating and developing online learning objects, courses and repositories. Advised university administrators on selecting technology gadgets as interactive boards, laptops, mobile components, and furniture for learning spaces. 

Nov 2009Dec 2011

Instructional Designer and Professional Development

University of Puerto Rico - Humacao , Puerto Rico

Assisted in the analysis of learning goals and learning context for course design and evaluation. Provided pedagogical and instructional design support for subject matter experts in creating and developing online (synchronous and asynchronous), hybrid, and web-enhanced courses. Designed, developed and delivered faculty training sessions. Provided LMS support for faculty and students. Ensured pedagogical integrity of projects through systematic instructional design and the use of Creative Commons Licenses as an alternative to rigid Copyright and Intellectual Property Laws. Acquired innovative media elements to achieve learning objectives and insert faculty and students into the technology world. Analyzed existing instructional materials to identify potential areas for design modification using new technologies. Contributed to the evaluation of emerging Web technologies and tools. Researched for new content and practices. Participated in planning processes, meetings and work groups.

Sep 2004Jul 2008

French and Italian Online Teacher

Department of Education of Puerto Rico - Cursos en Línea Project

Worked independently and remotely assessing, designing, developing, piloting, implementing, and evaluating both courses using LMS platforms as Blackboard and MOODLE. Delivered a positive online atmosphere where students had the opportunity to learn and grow. Used emerging technology and online applications such as Second Life, Gmail, Google Docs, forums, podcasts, videos (plus many others) to develop and deliver online learning and assignments. Conducted class web meetings. Submitted reports on student’s performance as well as administrative work. Closely monitored end dates and student progress relative to their individual course to ensure they were staying on track in the course schedule. Responded promptly to questions or requests from students, partner schools, and/or parents. Maintained timely grading of student work. Ensured that final grades are issued in a timely manner when a student completes a course. Distributed announcements and updates at least weekly as well as maintain an academic calendar. Participated in faculty meetings, hardware, software and/or educational training sessions as scheduled. Completed administrative reports.

Jan 2001Sep 2009

French and Italian Teacher

American School - Bayamón, Puerto Rico

Designed and taught both curriculums and courses using traditional methods and Web 2.0 tools. Provided basic, intermediate and advance instruction to enrolled students. Planned, organized and implemented an appropriate instructional program to fulfill student's potential. Facilitated active learning experiences. Demonstrated availability to students and parents for conferences according to situations. Evaluated students and periodically reported results of evaluations to the students, parents and administration. Maintained order and discipline among the students while they were in the classroom, on the school grounds and while they were attending or participating in activities sponsored or approved by the school's administration. Provided adequate information, plans and materials on-time. Collaborated with other teachers to form a community of smart and interested people willing to work in a professional environment.

Education

Aug 2008Present

Master Degree (pursuing thesis defense) 

University of the Sacred Heart - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Instructional Systems and Educational Technology - 45 approved credits

Aug 1990Jun 1996

Bachelor Degree

University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

French Language and Literature

Tech Skills

iOS, Android, Windows, Office Suite, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, You Tube, Google Apps,  Wikis, Blogger, Wordpress, technical writing, experience with emerging technologies, Prezi, Thinglink, Second Life,  Screenr, Screencastomatic, podcasting, web conferencing, plus many others. 

Freelance Speaker 

Please ask for a detailed list of workshops, seminars or trainings.