University of Washington
Instructional Designer at the University of Washington
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I have worked in the field of education since I was in high school. I began as a ropes course facilitator and outdoor educator and continued to add camp counsellor and eventually classroom and online teacher to my list of jobs. I am an online teacher, a curriculum specialist, a web developer, a writer, a challenge course facilitator, and an aspiring project manager.
I am seeking to break into the creative / technology sector towards the path of becoming a project manager and eventually working with innovative teams to help increase productivity and develop unique, creative solutions.
Specialties:Challenge Course Facilitation, Online Education, Web and Print Design, Technical Writing, Photography
10 credits in English, particularly focused in creative writing, 3 courses in geology, a year of intermediate (200 level) college spanish
Activities and Societies: Residence Hall Association, Resident Student Association, Leadership is Action Council, Casino Night, Puget Sound Outdoors, Passages, Backpacking TA, Geology TA
• Developed an online course for the Office of Research Information Services (ORIS)
• Administer and teach classes on how to use SAGE, FIDS, SPAERC, and other ORIS software tools.
• Collaborate with project leads to determine current and future training needs.
Work as a freelance technical writer, web designer, and photographer.
Sell photography through local markets and on occasion work as a professional or event photographer.
• Role changed as my responsibilities as a lead instructional designer at the University of Washington increased.
• Help groups maximize productivity, develop problem-solving skills, and learn the innovative process
• Continue to assist certain clients with developing a program for their goals.
• Train staff both internally and externally.
• Assist as Zip Tour Guide.
• Develop and implement online trainings using ReadyTalk and Moodle
• Plan, seek funding, and implement improved AV strategy for conferences
• Dramatically increase the quantity and quality of video and audio content capture from conferences and trainings
• Edit and deploy multimedia content for asynchronous courses.
• Research, strategize, and implement educational technology
• Develop interactive courses using best practices in online learning
• Doubled the revenue of the Distance Learning program in the first year
• Support clients and staff with technology issues related to online learning technology
• Increasing roles and responsibility from freelance facilitator to program director
• Organize and lead static, low, vertical playpen and portable challenge course experiences for a variety of groups
• Coordinated logistics and paperwork to create a smooth client experience
• Supervised 25–35 staff to ensure safe operation and meet client goals
• Help groups maximize productivity, develop problem-solving skills, and learn the innovative process
• Create marketing materials and seek new clients and staff
• Create and maintain social networking presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+
• Develop forms and systems to help channel information as the company grows
• Work with clients to identify needs and provide quality programming
• Teach career and technical education courses including web design and digital photography
• Monitor and follow through with performance and ALE compliance expectations in homeroom
• Analyzed both quantitative and qualitative data on student success to plan appropriate intervention strategies
• Delivered synchronous instruction through web conferencing and instant messaging tools
• Used reflective practices to improve instruction and maximize student learning
• Coordinated and organized efforts of staff with admin and district resources
• Managed projects from idea generation to completion
• Managed multiple duties and areas of responsibility to maximize efficiency
• Designed and maintained the academy webpage (http://boa.bethelsd.org)
• Created newsletters, business cards, letterhead, and forms
• Developed communication systems internally and with our clientele
• Trained and supported staff with systems and technology
• Supported technology issues with students
• Worked with system and curriculum providers to integrate with our school
• Helped SynapticMash and Advanced Academics with quality control
• Aligned language arts curriculum with state standards and state testing
• Led training sessions on best practices of developing purposefully structured curriculum
• Academically advised and monitored students towards meeting graduation requirements
• Assistant Coach of the Debate Team and advised the Rock and Roll Club and Outdoor Club
• Taught two years in the classroom, four years online, and two months as a substitute
• Assessed students for comprehension of specific skills as determined by state standards
• As a classroom teacher, led after-school tutorials and study sessions
• As an online teacher, held weekly web class classes through Elluminate
• Instructed, assessed, and mentored students in Beginning and Advanced Backpacking
• Taught material from basic backpacking to advanced winter skills
• Organized logistics for three trips a semester
• Mentored students in planning and organizing trips
• 7 months of preparation, a week of leader training, and two 3-day sessions (350 students each)
• Organized food, equipment, logistics, staff hiring and training, manuals, and leader meetings
• Camp counselor for 2 years, and supervisor for Adventure Camp for 1 year
• Led outdoor trips including: biking, canoeing, hiking, and rockclimbing
• Helped with staff training, camp photos, and whole camp activities
• Led challenge course activities, zip line sessions, and hiking trips
• Organized backpacking trip for middle school students and a 4 day camp for kids with Epilepsy
I have helped YNPN of Greater Seattle develop a marketing strategy and push their cause on social networks.
My goal in this project was to create a uniform set of materials for Bethel Online Academy's use. I developed the new Bethel Online Academy using HTML and CSS in BBEdit. I began with a district template, and then coded and designed the entire site from the ground up. I also developed new letterhead, business cards, application, and brochures.
This is my online professional portfolio of all my work. I first developed it at college with HTML and CSS using BBEdit to work with the code. As I entered into the working world, I had less and less time to maintain it, so since have transitioned it into Rapid Weaver, allowing me to purchase a general theme for the site and then customize it with a high degree of flexibility. I continue to maintain it both with the theme functions and adding my own code.
We redesigned the Bethel Online Academy website within the confines of the current district's web criteria. We focused on simplifying and modernizing the site. We reduced the number of menus and the repetition within them, opting for a simpler navigation with resource pages linking to useful, but often un-utilized pages.
Understanding ourselves as educators is essential to understanding our interaction with students. The author begins exploring the problem of an essay motivated by structure rather than ideas, only to find that the problems lie much deeper. Looking to his unit’s original concept, the author begins to realize that the goals he had set forth with, were not the goals he valued. Seeking out a student-centered development, the author begins to see how his teaching had not setup the self-sustaining learning environment he desired. Underlying this, the author finds the central dilemma stemming from his own identity. Turning inward to seek the teacher within, the author finds harmony between his teaching practice and core beliefs.
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There are two primary ways that companies might use LinkedIn, the first of which is as a recruiting resource. Here, they are using LinkedIn to learn more about potential future employees. The second is as a networking resource. Companies often look to partner with other companies to accomplish goals, and even virtual assistants have become a very popular way for small businesses to get help in areas they don’t have expertise. In learning your company might use LinkedIn as a way to build and learn about these connections, there are five, distinct ways to use your LinkedIn profile more effectively.
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If you read Wikipedia, you will learn that RSS is a type of web aggregator that sends content in the form of a feed to whatever tool you use to read this content. RSS is a convenient tool for those of us who consume a lot of content from the web, but the question is, what benefit does it have for companies involved in content writing management? RSS can help a website develop backlinks, provide an easy access point to your content for clients, and help your content get indexed quickly by major search engines.
As an online high school teacher, I am pristinely aware of how active students are within the social media world. Many of my students will not email me a question, but when I give them my cell phone number, have no problem texting me questions whenever they have them. We live in a generation of tweeters and any company wanting to further their own brand would be wise to have a presence in the social media world.
Last week, I talked about using social media to promote conversions on your website. This week, I want to talk about how I use relevant content writing to get conversions on my website.
A strong content strategy is supported by strong research. In early December, Kate explained why research is important in her article about increasing conversion rates through research. Later in December, Laura introduced us to research methods for social media based conversions in her article about data through social media. Now that 2012 is officially underway, I wanted to take a moment to talk about some strategies and tools to further your SEO content strategy with research in the coming year.
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