Below are areas where I might be of assistance to businesses on a temporary, contract basis. Click any of the following links for more information.
Design and/or develop eLearning modules and courses
If you’re planning to initiate your inaugural launch of eLearning or simply hit a peak time where there is more to be done than current personnel can produce, I can help. Use the Contact page to give me an idea of your needs and I’ll get back to you promptly.
Design and/or develop Structured On-Job training guides
Many job related tasks are best taught via Structured On-Job training. In many cases, this is the least expensive and most effective way to train. Having high quality, thorough trainer and trainee guides is key to successful Structured OJT programs. If you need another set of hands to make these documents happen, contact me and let’s see what we can work out.
Design and/or develop print-based self-study materials
In many cases, the cognitive aspect of task-based training can be effectively accomplished with print-based self-study material. With input from your company, I can design and develop the study guides, tests, and whatever else is needed to produce quality print-based self-study material.
Provide guidance for and/or produce PowerPoint presentations
There’s PowerPoint and then there’s PowerPoint. In too many cases, the chief accomplishment of PowerPoint presentations is instantaneous insomnia relief! If you need a PowerPoint presentation, need it in a hurry, and lack the resources to make that happen, give me a shout. Maybe I can help.
Create archive presentation from video and PowerPoint slides.
In many cases, subject matter experts are brought into a meeting to dispense crucial information that applies not only to the attendees but also to those who miss the meeting, others in remote locations, and future employees. One commonly used way of archiving suck presentations is to video tape the presentation and make it available to those who missed it. Have you ever watched one of those video presentations? All too often those who watch report that they remember starting, but going to sleep and missing the vital parts due to an unplanned nap! Good, live presentations can be very effective. However, when those presentations are captured with a single video camera and played back on a screen, they lose a lot. Taking that same crucial message, and producing it in a medium that is designed for the “small screen” can make all the difference in the world, and I can make that happen. If you have recorded such a presentation or plan to record one in the future and need to have a quality archived version, contact me and let’s discuss some possibilities
Conduct Task Analysis for the purpose of training
As you have probably read on a previous page on this website, I firmly believe that the success or failure of training largely depends upon the completeness and accuracy of the task analysis on which the training is based. In my experience, I have come to the conclusion that in way too many cases, the task analysis phase is short circuited resulting in either too much money devoted to misdirected training or compromised performance adversely affecting the bottom line. I can work with subject matter experts, in most cases by phone or teleconference, to glean the data comprising an effective and efficient task analysis.
Provide temporary design and development assistance in peak demand situations
New products or processes may scream for immediate update or new training when resources are simply not adequate to handle the current need. Maybe I could help. Use the contact page to give me a brief description of your situation so we can discuss it.
Review training materials and design documents for quality
Over a period of time, companies develop the experience and expertise to ensure that training materials are adequate if not outstanding. But what if a company has not yet developed those in-house skills? Maybe I could help; contact me.
So what do I bring to the table?
In the area above, I’ve offered to help in several areas of technical training design and development. So, if you like me, you are probably wondering – just who is this guy and what experience does he bring to the table? Hopefully the following will give you some idea.
Since 1991, I have served as an independent consultant, designing and developing training, and providing advice to others in the field of training design and development.
I’ve worked for more than a few clients in more than a few industries and disciplines. While I certainly don’t consider myself to be a universal subject matter expert, I have a proven track record of designing and developing training that imparts skills and knowledge of true subject matter experts into others.
Some of the companies I have worked with in the past include the following:
• Acro Press
• Akerman LLP
• BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
• Business Management Research Associates
• Cabot Microelectronics
• Christian Labour Association of Canada
• Continental Airlines
• Fluor Corporation
• International Business Machines
• International Council of Airshows
• J and B Enterprises LLC
•Munson Medical Center
•Social Work P. R. N.
•SouthWest Bible Institute
•Sun City Center (Florida) Emergency Squad
•The First Forward Institute, Inc
•The Safety Forum
•United Government Services, LLC
•University of California at Sacramento
•Virginia Continuing Legal Education
I have a proven track record of experience in all phases of training design starting with task analysis and ending with the design and development of instructor led, print based self-study, computer based, eLearning and Structured OJT. I have written, directed, and in some cases actually produced video material to support training – and I am available to repeat those kinds of actions when asked.
I'm still open for business although my present marketing strategy consists of answering the phone when it rings and responding to emails and information requests when I receive them.
As for my educational background, it started at University of Kentucky with a major in physics – that changed to Chemistry – and then after 3 plus years ground to a halt in what turned out to be a successful attempt to ward off starvation for me, my wife, and young son.
From the beginning of my training related assignments, IBM provided a wealth of ongoing training that ranged from platform skills to instructional design and development skills. Later, while working for IBM, I participated in a twelve-week, graduate level course sponsored as a joint venture between IBM and Georgia State University that focused on the computer-based training design. That's the formal part, but the real education in the field of instructional design came from independent study and reading at the school of hard knocks, where the rubber and the road have a co-existent, working relationship.
When I’m not working, I spend time as an EMT in the local volunteer emergency squad, and I’m active in the technical aspect in my church operating equipment and training volunteers in the audio/visual equipment operation.
My past and current interests include amateur radio, photography, videography, scouting (as an adult leader), all sorts of DIY projects and volunteering in general.
The combination of my work and avocational interests and experiences enable me to quickly get on board with your company's needs, products and services, and culture quickly.