Joe Deegan

Joe Deegan

Senior Instructional Designer at Lending Club

San Francisco Bay Area

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Joe Deegan's Overview


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Joe Deegan's Summary

There is nothing more satisfying than helping learners experience that "Ah Ha" moment. I am passionate about creating learning and development programs that not only impact the company’s bottom line, but impact lives in immeasurable ways. By introducing e-learning and implementing a learning management system, I have helped Sleep Train onboard employees while also providing continuous training and performance support to employees at all levels of the organization. I take great pride in mentoring a team of instructional designers that have maximized the effectiveness of the learning and development department helping the company to reach its goals.

Specialties: Instructional design, e-learning development, e-learning project management, corporate training, instructor led training, performance consulting, Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, Camtasia Studio and Moodle (LMS).

Learn more about my background and see examples of my work by visiting my portfolio website at

Joe Deegan's Experience

Senior Instructional Designer

Lending Club

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Financial Services industry

March 2014Present (2 months) San Francisco Bay Area

Senior E-Learning Manager

Sleep Train

Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Furniture industry

February 2013March 2013 (2 months) Sacramento, California Area

Team leader responsible for the design, development, implementation and evaluation of e-learning solutions that provide continuous learning and professional development for employees at all levels of the organization.

* Lead e-learning developer and instructional designer specializing in Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate, Camtasia Studio and Moodle LMS.

* Manage internal instructional design and e-learning development team to complete e-learning and training projects efficiently and effectively.

* Front end development and continued administration of Moodle LMS.

* Initial development and continued content management of internal online video library site containing hundreds of training videos and software screencasts used as performance support for a wide range of topics including technology, sales and leadership training.

* Performance consulting with executives and subject matter experts to conduct training needs analysis.

* Management of social learning activities and user generated content used for training.

Freelance eLearning Consultant

J Deegan Consulting (Self-employed)

Self-Employed; Myself Only; E-Learning industry

August 2006March 2013 (6 years 8 months) Sacramento, California Area

Independent freelance e-learning consultant specializing in e-learning development, Moodle consulting, and instructional design services. The experience of working with several different companies to start-up online training businesses has helped me to further develop my e-learning development and business consulting skills.

* Authored the video course "Moodle Course Development" published by Packt Publishing in June 2013.

* E-Learning course development and consulting. Specializing in Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate and Camtasia Studio e-learning development software.

* Instructional design.

* Moodle LMS front end design, course development, consulting and training.

* Screencasts aka screen recordings used for software training and product demo's.

Training Program Development Manager

Sleep Train

Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Furniture industry

September 2006February 2013 (6 years 6 months) Sacramento, California Area

Founded "Dream University," Sleep Train's online university by implementing Moodle and designing e-learning course content. Dream University has enabled Sleep Train to grow rapidly in new markets by providing a means for training a distributed workforce more efficiently.


* Developed and implemented Dream University, an online corporate university using Moodle, the learning management system. The online university is used for onboarding, continuous learning, and performance support for employees at all levels of the organization.

* Design and development of e-learning and instructor led courses covering topics ranging from sales to technology using authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline, Adobe Captivate and Camtasia Studio.

* Consult with executives and SME's to develop performance support resources including a wiki and online video library containing policy and procedural information.

* Consult with instructor led training facilitators to integrate technology into their training workshops.

* E-Learning project management.

* Training needs analysis and performance consulting

WinSTIS Training Manager

Sleep Train

Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Furniture industry

May 2003July 2006 (3 years 3 months) Sacramento, California Area

Responsible for developing technical requirements, software testing, and every phase of training the workforce on the use of a custom developed ERP software application called WinSTIS. Played a major role in implementing the software application by defining course curriculum, facilitating instructor led courses and developing e-learning courses.

* Consulted with software engineers and business analysts to perform technical writing of software requirements.

* Consulted with software engineers and the IT department to provide training for all technology related projects.

* Developed technical manual containing software procedural instructions.

* Facilitation of instructor led training workshops covering the use of WinSTIS ERP software.

* Facilitation of "Train the Trainer" sessions designed to ensure consistent delivery of training on ERP software.

* Development of screencasts covering the use of ERP software to be used in e-learning courses and as a performance support resource.

Joe Deegan's Education

San Diego State University-California State University

MA, Educational Technology


Earning the Master of Arts in Educational Technology from San Diego State helped to improve my skills in instructional design and e-learning development.

California State University-Sacramento

BA, Organizational Communication


Activities and Societies: President of the California Omicron chapter of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity

Joe Deegan's Publications

  • Building an E-Learning Course with Camtasia Studio (Video Course)

    • Packt Publishing
    • February 1, 2014
    Authors: Joe Deegan

    This course goes beyond the basics to teach you how to overcome challenges specific to e-learning. It starts off by introducing you to Camtasia and then digs deeper into its potential by showing you how to use its features to create compelling content for your courses. The tutorial guides you on how to plan an e-learning project with the help of storyboards, and configure default project settings. You’ll also learn how to add interactivity to your course by including quizzes, hotspots, and using SCORM to track results. Finally, you’ll learn how to “flip the classroom” to record presentations and make them available online.

  • Moodle Course Development (Video Course)

    • Packt Publishing
    • June 1, 2013
    Authors: Joe Deegan

    Moodle Course Development will show you how to teach online using Moodle through a series of informative and incredibly detailed video screencasts. Learn how to make the most out of Moodle by following along with detailed video demonstrations covering how to configure and use Moodle’s features to create an e-learning site designed to meet your learner’s needs.

  • Project Based Learning for the Business Environment

    • eLearn Magazine
    • December 1, 2009
    Authors: Joe Deegan

    In this article, I explain what project-based learning is and provide one detailed example of a project-based assignment used by sales people who sell mattresses, pillows, and related goods.

Joe Deegan's Certifications

  • Instructional Technology Certification

    • San Diego State University
    • May 2010
  • ASTD Training Certificate Program

    • American Society for Training and Development
    • March 2006

Joe Deegan's Honors and Awards

  • Leader of the Year

    The Sleep Train Inc.
    • December 2009

    The prestigious leader of the year award is given to the manager who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in the organization.

  • Presidents Club

    The Sleep Train Inc.
    • January 2006

    The "Presidents Club" award is special recognition by the President of the company for high performers.

Joe Deegan's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Donate Life Ambassador

      Donate Life California
      • Health
      June 2011 present (2 years 11 months)

      Donate Life Ambassadors offer donor family members, transplant recipients and others who have been touched by donation or transplantation an opportunity to share their experiences and inspire our community to donate life.

Joe Deegan's Skills & Expertise

  1. Moodle
  2. Articulate
  3. Captivate
  4. Instructional Design
  5. Educational Technology
  6. Articulate Studio
  7. Learning Management Systems
  8. Multimedia
  9. Needs Analysis
  10. Camtasia
  11. Articulate Storyline
  12. E-Learning
  13. Articulate Suite
  14. Training Management
  15. Public Speaking
  16. WordPress
  17. Training
  18. Performance Improvement
  19. Technical Training
  20. Job Aids
  21. Technical Writing
  22. Content Management
  23. Screencasting
  24. Staff Development
  25. Social Learning
  26. Employee Training
  27. SCORM
  28. Performance Consulting

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