Kevin Forgard: Instructional Designer

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Instructional Designer/eLearning Developer

PROFILE

Over five years of higher education experience consulting and supporting faculty in online, blended, and face-to-face teaching and learning projects with an emphasis on developing and facilitating comprehensive professional development programs and building strategic and innovative technology integration initiatives. Collaborates with academic and administrative partners in managing and leading technology integration projects within an evaluation-driven environment. Operates in a variety of learning management systems (LMS) such as, D2L, Angel, Moodle, and Druple. Utilizes HTML/CSS programing, Adobe products, Camtasia, and various instructional tools such as classroom response systems, audio and video recording, and mobile technologies.

EDUCATION

Master of Science (M.S.), Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation (IDD&E), Syracuse University, New York, December (2010)
Master of Arts (M.A.), Adult Learning and Global Change, Linkoping University, Sweden, June (2007)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Applied Behavioral Science, National Louis University, Chicago (2000)

SKILLS

  • Design programs experience: Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Camtasia, Captivate
  • HTML and CSS editing for course development
  • Production workflow in Windows, Mac, and iOS operating systems
  • iPad management for class sets and individual models
  • Course development experience in Angel, Moodle, Drupal and Blackboard LMS
  • WordPress blog administration
  • e-portfolio management system development experience (Mahara and Digication)
  • Web-based cloud tools (Web 2.0): Google Docs,
  • Research skills (literature review, document analysis, focus group facilitation, survey design, and interviews)

EXPERIENCE

University of Wisconsin Colleges Online, Madison, Wisconsin
Instructional Design Consultant – February 2014 – present

  • Liaise between UWC Online and academic department chairs in the UW Colleges 13-campus system to provide online teaching and learning instructional support and communicate online course strategic initiatives
  • Develop and facilitate Teaching Online 101 (TOL 101), training UW Colleges faculty on ways to enhance online course delivery through a 5-week professional development course
  • Consult with UWC Online faculty in designing and redesigning courses, focusing on enhancing the online teaching and learning experience through incorporation of emerging online learning tools and high quality practices
  • Coordinate the implementation of new technologies and services being incorporated into UW Colleges courses such as remote proctoring, instructor video, and publisher-hosted instructional systems
  • Support faculty through the implementation of course offering innovations that involve course redesign to accommodate non-traditional term lengths
  • Develop eLearning course materials to support faculty “lead-instructors” in D2L: Brightspace using Dreamweaver to build courses using HTML and CSS design templates
  • Conduct course accessibility reviews of UW Colleges Online courses to ensure Section 508 compliance

Bristol Community College (BCC), Fall River, Massachusetts
The Connected College Title III grant program
Coordinator of Academic Computing (Instructional Designer) – May 2011 to January 2014

  • Responsible for leading grant-based instructional initiatives aimed at improving student persistence and retention at the college with a full-time equivalent (FTE) of 5,600 students enrolled in over 800 course sections per semester
  • Develop and facilitate faculty professional development training sessions in online, hybrid, and face-to-face modalities, focusing on eLearning integration, assessment, reflective practice, and utilizing high impact education practices for a multi-campus institution with over 100 full-time and 300 adjunct faculty members
  • Develop and facilitate online, hybrid, and face-to-face faculty training in lecture capture, flipped classroom design, Web 2.0 collaborative tools, ePortfolios, and mobile technologies
  • Coordinate with academic deans, department chairs, and faculty across six divisions in overseeing the design and implementation of the Course Design Toolkits – a set of digital instructional and assessment artifacts centered on student learning outcomes
  • Oversee instructional design intern and research assistant on grant-funded projects and program evaluation data collection and analysis efforts of computer aid instructional courses
  • Responsible for writing reports on activities related to instructional services aspect of the grant involving data analysis gathered from student and faculty focus groups, surveys, and grade data with an output of project evaluation reports and sections of the annual report
  • Coordinate faculty and student technology borrowing program with responsibility of 70 iPads, 10 laptop computers, 12 portable video cameras, voice recorders, and other grant-funded technologies used for instructional purposes
  • Responsible for representing the college at state and national community college (NISOD & Innovations) and technology conferences (Campus Technology) by presenting on grant activities of instructional practices and classroom technology enhancement
  • Coordinator of the BCC Instructional Design Team consisting of four members representing multiple campuses
  • Managing the implementation of workforce development resources through the contextualization of courses that implement state-level materials developed by the MCCWDTA grant for developmental level English and Math courses

Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA), Syracuse, New York

Graduate AssistantSUPA Design Team (2009 to 2011)

  • Supported faculty in using various instructional technologies (ePortfolios, blogs, wikis, and Moodle) for 190 partner high schools covering 40 courses from a multitude of academic disciplines by developing technology support guides and conducting partner faculty trainings
  • Co-managed bi-annual course evaluations for over 600 course sections per year
  • Developed and implemented a Moodle-based instructional artifact database that involved working with foreign language university faculty and training 30 SUPA partner teachers
  • Created instruction and facilitator guides for the SUPA train-the-trainer Strategic Learning pilot course that utilizes social collaborative learning technologies
  • Produced video presentations on support services and instructional technologies such as podcasting, wikis, blogs, and for marketing the SUPA mission
  • Co-administered an 18-month curriculum audit of an Eastern New York rural school district, which involved extensive data collection, report writing, and presentation of findings to the school board
  • Managed a graduate assistant team to write a comprehensive literature review report to inform the SUPA strategic leadership planning team on developing college readiness in partner high schools

Instructional Design Consulting Experience

University of Southern Maine (USM), Portland, Maine

Learning Designer (Contractual) – Center of Technology Enhanced Learning (CTEL) ­– January 2013 to present

  • Led faculty in course development process of an introductory linguistics course in the Drupal system aimed at delivering course materials to students globally
  • Responsible for developing design templates in HTML 5 and CSS 3 to be used in other course designs in global course roll-out
  • Initiated online course design with chemistry faculty for first-year chemistry courses

SRC, Inc., Syracuse, New York

Lead Instructional Design Consultant – client from 2008 to 2011

  • Awarded the “CNY Best: Learning and Performance” in Best Consultant category for 2010 by the Central New York American Society for Training and Development (CNY-ASTD)
  • Collaborated with a variety of subject matter experts to translate training content into an e-learning format of four training modules that, when implemented, set company record of 95% completion rate within 30 days
  • Recruited, trained, and managed partner instructional designers during multiple training product development cycles

Syracuse University Parent Advocacy Center (SUPAC), Syracuse, New York

Instructional Design Consultant – client from May 2010 to December 2010

  • Responsible for the design of the instructional interface for the grant-based iAdvocate mobile application project
  • Consulted with lead content experts from SUPAC on product content, design, and evaluation specifications
  • Managed project workflow within specified time constraints and design iterations
  • Conduced usability and parent focus group research study

Additional Experience

  • 2002-2008 – English as a Second Language Instructor: ELS Language Center, Chicago, IL; East-West University, Chicago, IL; Dalian Maritime University, Dalian, PRC; Xi’an International Studies University, Xi’an, PRC
  • 1998-2002 – Financial Aid Counselor: National Louis University: Chicago, IL; American Intercontinental University, IL
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