Instructional D3

Articles spanning the scope of instructional analysis, design, development, delivery, and evaluation.

University of Pittsburgh Online Course Design Consults

I provided instructional design consultations to faculty transitioning their classroom courses to online courses delivered in Blackboard. Instructional strategies varied from the traditional online experience to designing and developing experiential based, virtual reality styled courses.

Client: 
College of General Studies at U of Pittsburgh
Role: 
Instructional Design Consultant
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
2006.09
End: 
2010.11
Platform: 
Online
Sections: 

EG Blending Learning Consult

The QED Group contracted with me to help them design and deliver a presentation to USAID Economic Growth staff on blended learning including how other USAID Offices, international organizations including multi and bi-lateral institutions, universities, and other relevant organizations are currently using blended learning. I was also asked to participate in a facilitated discussion with the EG Office with the goal of defining their ultimate training goals and develop a path forward to implement a blending learning approach.

Client: 
QED Group LLC
Role: 
Instructional Systems Designer
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
2009.08
End: 
2009.09
Platform: 
Blended
Sections: 

Training Program Development Support

I provided training program development support to Phase2 Technology. Support includes but is not limited to Drupal distribution instructional design and development.

Client: 
Phase2 Technology
Role: 
Instructional designer, Subject Matter Expert, Consultant
Status: 
Open
Start: 
2011.04
End: 
2012.02
Platform: 
Classroom
Sections: 
Technology: 

Drupal Commons Training Development

Designed and developed two classroom-based training courses for Acquia's Drupal Commons distribution.

  • Drupal Commons Community Manager Course
  • Drupal Commons Site Builder Course

The process included the following.

Client: 
Acquia
Role: 
Instructional designer and SME
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
2010.12
End: 
2011.02
Platform: 
Classroom

Sections: 
Technology: 

What are Drupal 6 Panels Contexts

Note: Although this was written for D6 Panels, Panels continues to include contexts. I haven't tested the recent versions of Panels to see if anything has changed regarding contexts but perhaps this will provide a quick review before you get started.

There is a Drupal module called Panels. There is a Drupal module called Context. There is a feature in Panels called context. Panel's context and the Context module are not the same, not even close. According to Earl Miles, the developer of Panels: "In Panels, context is lingo for a wrapper around any significant object. By default, Panels supports 'Node', 'Taxonomy term', 'Taxonomy vocabulary', and 'User' as contexts." But what does that mean?

I recently purchased "Drupal 6 Panels Cookbook" from Packt Publishing, hoping to get all my context/relationships questions answered. I did learn a couple things from the book so it wasn't money wasted but it didn't answer all my questions. So I did what I often have to do, I starting clicking and observing what happens. This article is what I have figured out. I hope you find this useful.

Drupal Hands-On Intro for Builders

Description: In this classroom course you will build a site that has four site sections, custom content types, views and more. Each section demonstrates commonly used techniques used to build dynamic Drupal sites. In addition to using Drupal's many administrative features, you will use modules such as

Client: 
IDCM Innovations
Role: 
Instructional designer, Instructor
Status: 
Open
Start: 
2010.09
End: 
2010.09
Platform: 
Classroom
Sections: 
Technology: 

Custom Drupal Commons Training for Acquia

I was hired to plan and provide two one-day training sessions for Acquia's client. The first training session covered:

  • Tasks performed by authenticated users in a customized Drupal Commons site such as the creation of group nodes in different group configurations.
  • Tasks performed by content administrators and group managers such as setting up groups with different access configurations.
  • Free formed discussion and exploration of the site administration features, role definition, and community strategies.

The second session covered:

Client: 
Acquia
Role: 
Subject Matter Expert, Trainer
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
2010.08
End: 
2010.09
Platform: 
Classroom

Sections: 
Technology: 

Custom Drupal Training for IBM

I was hired to evaluate how their new Drupal site was configured and provide two days of custom training.

Training was casual and free form with the client asking general Drupal questions as well as questions pertaining to how the site was configured.

Client: 
IBM Center for the Business of Government
Role: 
Subject Matter Expert, Trainer
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
2010.08
End: 
2010.08
Platform: 
Classroom

Sections: 
Technology: 

Dumbarton United Methodist Church Site

On this project, my role was to develop a Drupal site for Dumbarton United Methodist Church. Tasks included:

  • Submit a proposal
  • Collect requirements
  • Create wireframes
  • Capture the design from the client
  • Coordinate theme development
  • Coordinate logo development
  • Coordinate hosting services
  • Develop the site
  • Develop banner images
  • Work with server techs to configure server to support Drupal
  • Design and deliver Drupal training sessions
  • Coordinate logo design and development
Client: 
Dumbarton United Methodist Church
Role: 
Planner (IA, UX), Builder, Trainer
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
2010.05
End: 
2010.08
Platform: 
Web-Drupal

Sections: 
Technology: 

Planning Drupal Sites - Resource and Training Site

The content in this site is now a Wiley/Wrox book. Drupal: The Guide to Planning and Building Websites

How do you make the default installation of Drupal into what you want? How do you know which modules you will need? How do you organize your content? How do you get your content into your site? How do you sustain a Drupal site?

This book helps you define what you want for your Drupal site, making it easier to do things like

Client: 
IDCM Innovations
Role: 
Subject Matter Expert and Author
Status: 
Open
Start: 
2010.01
End: 
2010.05
Platform: 
Web-Drupal
Sections: 
Technology: 

Building a Certification Program

Most of us have either heard of someone being certified to do something or maybe we have been through a certification process ourselves. Depending on the certification, the process could be to simply take a test. Or, it could be more involved such as to include one or more of the following: multiple exams, training, education degrees, experience, recommendations, and demonstration projects.

Building a Dynamic Workplace with Cross-Training

What is cross-training? I use this term to describe a management approach I tried as a Project Control Manager for TRW. A project control manager is responsible for managing the financial books of a government contract. The number of staff in this type of office is often limited in order to keep total project costs down. They are typically delegated to specific business tasks, enabling each member of the staff to become very good at what they do.

Instructional Design versus Building Online Courses

When we are given a tool that makes the development of online learning easier for the novice, we risk loosing the power of the design process. The temptation to open the course shell in Blackboard, for example, and start adding sections, items, folders, documents, etc. can be overwhelming. Add to this temptation the fact that the course is already being delivered in the classroom, why bother with design? Or, the belief that the if the classroom course is using Blackboard to host its classroom materials, then taking the course online is a snap, so why design?

Dreamweaver Workshop Series

As Senior Instructional Designer for the Instructional Resource Center at George Mason University, I designed, developed, and delivered three Dreamweaver workshops: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.

The objectives for each workshop are listed below.

Client: 
George Mason University
Role: 
Instructional Designer, Developer, Instructor, and SME
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
1999.04
End: 
2001.08
Platform: 
Classroom

Sections: 

Joint Application Design Workshop

As a PEC, Inc. employee, I was asked to design, develop, and deliver a JAD workshop for the Administrative Office of the US Courts' Project Management Education Series. The JAD (Joint Application Development ) techniques was developed by IBM in the late 1970’s. Since then, it has been considered to be one of the “best practices” for:

Client: 
Administrative Office of the US Courts
Role: 
Instructional Designer, Developer, Instructor, and SME
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
2002.01
End: 
2002.01
Platform: 
Classroom

Sections: 

SEPG Training Management Database

As an employee of TRW on the FAA-ASD/SETA project, I supported the FAA Software Engineering Process Group responsible for training FAA employees in software engineering to support software engineering process improvement by offering software engineering courses to the FAA that support the CMM. The coordination and reporting requirements were such that a database was required to stay on schedule and ensure quality support.

Client: 
Federal Aviation Administration
Role: 
Database Designer, Developer, Implementor
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
1996
End: 
1997
Platform: 
Desktop

Sections: 

Online Instructional Development in Higher Ed

In brick-and-mortar higher education institutions, where online learning is a grass roots effort, the quality of the course is dependent upon the professor/instructor. In other words, online environments quite often mirror classroom environments. A good classroom environment often translates to a reasonable online experience as well. The professors who put as much energy into their ability to teach and create quality instructional strategies, as they do their research, quite often deliver a better learning experience.

Defining a Global Learning Environment

This project had multiple components. The first part was to help the client develop a model that represented five phases of a learner moving through a learning environment life-cycle. When defining any environment, you take into consideration all aspects of the environment. This includes the people, their needs, applicable processes, required and optional resources, and some form of structure to help hold it in place.

Client: 
MSU Global
Role: 
Process Designer and Facilitator
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
2007.11
End: 
2007.11
Platform: 
Meeting
Sections: 

Total Quality Management: Benchmarking

As an employee of TRW's System's Integration Group, I volunteered to work with a few other TRW volunteers to create a group level TQM training and facilitation program. We worked together to create a CIP model and five courses, each course building upon the previous.

The goal of the Benchmarking course was to explore how to compare your process and measures to the same type of process and measures used by a 'recognized leader' (either internal or external), focusing on internal TRW processes. At the end of the course, the participants could

Client: 
TRW
Role: 
SME reviewer and instructor
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
1994
End: 
1995
Platform: 
Classroom
Sections: 

Total Quality Management: Tools and Techniques for Problem Solving

As an employee of TRW's System's Integration Group, I volunteered to work with a few other TRW volunteers to create a group level TQM training and facilitation program. We worked together to create a CIP model and five courses, each course building upon the previous.

The goal of the Tools and Techniques for Problem Solving course was to explore a large number of instruments that could be used to assist in the analysis and measurement of the process. At the end of the course, the participants could

Client: 
TRW
Role: 
SME reviewer and instructor
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
1994
End: 
1995
Platform: 
Classroom
Sections: 

Total Quality Management: Measurement

As an employee of TRW's System's Integration Group, I volunteered to work with a few other TRW volunteers to create a group level TQM training and facilitation program. We worked together to create a CIP model and five courses, each course building upon the previous.

The goal of the Measurement course was to explore the rationale and methods for quantifying various activities within a process, both before and after changing it, in order to determine affect of the change. At the end of the course, the participants could

Client: 
TRW
Role: 
Instructional Designer, Developer, Instructor, SME
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
1992
End: 
1995
Platform: 
Classroom
Sections: 

Total Quality Management: Process Analysis

As an employee of TRW's System's Integration Group, I volunteered to work with a few other TRW volunteers to create a group level TQM training and facilitation program. We worked together to create a CIP model and five courses, each course building upon the previous.

The goal of the Process Analysis course was to explore the methodology of analytically reviewing an ongoing process with the intent of improving it efficiency. At the end of the course, the participants could

Client: 
TRW
Role: 
Instructional Designer, Developer, Instructor, SME
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
1992
End: 
1995
Platform: 
Classroom
Sections: 

Total Quality Management: Awareness

As an employee of TRW's System's Integration Group, I volunteered to work with a few other TRW volunteers to create a group level TQM training and facilitation program. We worked together to create a CIP model and five courses, each course building upon the previous.

The goal of the Awareness course was to familiarize participants with TQM concepts and terms. At the end of the course, the participants could

Client: 
TRW
Role: 
Instructional Designer, Developer, Instructor, SME
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
1992
End: 
1995
Platform: 
Classroom
Sections: 

Measurement Basics Workshop

ATSI was asked by their client to track and report performance statistics for courses and customer service. As a consultant to ATSI, I put together a one-hour stand-up workshop on understanding measurements.

The one-hour stand-up covered the following topics:

  • Why measure
  • Measure versus Metric versus Measurement
  • Leading and Lagging Indicators at Intervals
  • Process and Products
  • Objective versus Subjective Measures
  • Tools and Techniques
  • Preparing to Measure
  • Analyzing
Client: 
Advanced Technology Solutions, Inc.
Role: 
Instructional Designer, Developer, Instructor, SME
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
2008.05
End: 
2008.05
Platform: 
Classroom
Sections: 

Web Page Design Level 2

I designed, developed, and delivered IST129 Web Page Design II for Northern Virginia Community College. The course provided a practical "hands-on" experience and advanced skills in designing, implementing, and maintaining a website.

The course topics included:

Client: 
Northern Virginia Community College
Role: 
Instructional Designer, Developer, Instructor, SME
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
1999.06
End: 
2000.05
Platform: 
Classroom
Sections: 

Web Page Design Level 1

I designed, developed, and delivered IST129 Web Page Design I for Northern Virginia Community College. The course provided a working knowledge of web page design and construction.

The topics covered in this course include:

  • What is HTML and web page design
  • Development process
  • Needs analysis
  • Design techniques
  • Content design
  • Folder/File design
  • Navigation design
  • FTP processes
  • Legal issues
  • Advanced web page design options discussed in the next course
Client: 
Northern Virginia Community College
Role: 
Instructional Designer, Developer, Instructor, SME
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
1999.02
End: 
1999.08
Platform: 
Classroom
Sections: 

Web-Based Instructional Tools Course

I designed, developed, and delivered EDIT772 Web-Based Instructional Tools for George Mason University's Graduate School of Education.

This course is designed to introduce web site and page design and development processes, various web publishing options, and the difference between hand-coding HTML and using a Web application. Students interacted with a variety of web publishing software programs such as Notepad, Composer, Dreamweaver, WebCT, and WS_FTP.

At the end of this course, students were able to

Client: 
George Mason University, Graduate School of Education
Role: 
Instructional Designer, Developer, Instructor, SME
Status: 
Closed
Start: 
2000.05
End: 
2004.08
Platform: 
Classroom
Sections: 

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