Creating Engaging Learning Experiences

eLearning • Instructional Design • Multimedia • Social Media

 

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A showcase of my storytelling experience with DS106.

 

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Biography

I live in Grand Rapids, MI where I’ve spent the past seven years primarily developing training content for classrooms, seminars, and eLearning at X-Rite / Pantone, a global leader in the color technology. I’ve helped X-Rite grow their eLearning platform to more than 30,000 customers worldwide. I currently support our Professional Color Services team in the execution and productization of new service offerings.

I graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Imaging. While my background is in printing, I spent much of my time at WMU advocating technology to facilitate learning. I produced a video on the use of technology in the English Department’s educational labs and developed a website dedicated to teaching about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am now pursuing my Master of Arts at the University of Colorado Denver in Information & Learning Technologies, Option: eLearning. I have experience designing for web and print. I also have an extensive multimedia and eLearning background.

 

 

 

Skills

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud

Familiarity with After Effects, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and Premiere.

eLearning

eLearning

Well-versed in creating software simulations and adding interactivity. Expertise in Adobe Captivate.

Coding

Coding

Experience with HTML and CSS, using HTML5 to deliver online training, and working in a PHP environment.

Platforms

Platforms

Extensive background using Moodle and WordPress, including administration and customization.

Technical

Technical

Strong experience learning and implementing new technologies, developing workflows, and providing training.

Social Media

Social Media

Analytics, marketing strategy, and providing technical support.

ELEARNING PHILOSOPHY

ENGAGE THE LEARNER
If I'm not interested in the content I'm creating, then the leaner won't be either. I use tools such as software simulations, games, and quizzes to help reinforce content. I find visuals and interactivity far more effective than plain text.
DESIGN FOR UNDERSTANDING
I've developed content for learners of all skill levels from production workers to management . When writing scripts, It's important to know my audience and keep content clear and concise so anyone can understand it. I avoid using jargon since many courses that I've worked on have been translated to other languages.
MEASURE RESULTS
I never consider a course 100% complete; I always continue to evaluate quiz results and survey feedback to make any needed course improvements. If learners keep missing the same questions, then either the question or the content needs to be adjusted. It learners aren't completing a course, it's important to understand why.

Color Services Analyst

February 2011 – Present | Grand Rapids, MI

  • Ensure proper execution of all service offerings including measurements, digital drawdowns, and portal administration
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to productize and deliver new service offerings
  • Manage and maintain global Color Services eLearning site
  • Develop eLearning courses for new products and services

Printing Internship

| Tucson, AZ

  • Worked in all departments of a print shop including digital, prepress, pressroom, fulfillment, and sales
  • Operated a Canon imagePRESS C7000VP and Canon imageRUNNER 110
  • Performed preflighting functions including page layouts, typesetting, and color separations
  • Worked on a six color offset printing press

IT Support Specialist & Lab Assistant

| Kalamazoo, M

  • IT Support Specialist for the College of Arts & Sciences:
    • Maintained and developed CAS technology website
    • Deployed instructor wikis containing classroom resources
    • Updated and maintained Macs and PCs across campus
  • Office/Lab Assistant for the Department of Chemical & Paper Engineering:
    • Designed promotional materials for events and instructional purposes
    • Lead operator on Canon imagePRESS C1+
    • Assisted students with projects in computer and print labs

Web Designer

| Tucson, AZ

  • Developed a new website according to instructor needs
  • Updated and maintained website information on a regular basis
  • Worked independently under strict deadlines

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