My first experiences were in the media and broadcasting and I put myself through college as a DJ, talk host, journalist, and producer. It led through a long path to media production for education but the early disciplne and experience paid off. I continue to remain active in PR as Director of Operations, Regional Music Heritage Center which handles all press releases and inquiries. I also still freelance write for newspapers and journals. Click on the thumbnail images to open the PDFs.
Performance Safety Systems Training was, to my knowledge, the first entirely on-demand, interactive training, simulations, and testing program approved by the Federal government to replace classroom training. My staff and I designed the highly advanced UNIX based computer and augmented it with Laserdisc video, and CD…both virtually unknow in computer design. It proved incredibly cost efficient and paid its 2.5 million dollar development cost off in 6 months. It was the premier training system in the oil industry until the BP Horizon disaster in 2008 changed the rules.
Calculated risk to put up a rough cut, but this is an important work in progress at this moment. While the content is complete, I am awaiting input from the author before re-recording the very rough narration, and then will tweak timings, sync and probably replace some graphics and such. A good programmer, or video maker, doesn’t spend time polishing until the client has signed off on the content and general treatment.
This will be in two versions. One, as seen here in the video, for instructor led use with menus. The other will be for on demand individual instruction with frequent checks on learning, a pre and post test.
The piece is targeted at elementary school students. It isn’t my first rodeo, as I produced some 300 pieces of K-12 materials in one of my first jobs many years ago. It is the story of Scott Joplin, King of Ragtime. The author has agreed to let my non-profit Regional Music Heritage Center use it as part of our educational mission to area students. It will be followed by a piece for use in secondary and post-secondary education called “Fountainhead of American Music.”
My latest project is a rework of the web site for Regional Music Heritage Center, an NPO that I founded and is in the blue ink after three years. We now have three annual events, all subscriber and grant funded, covering several genres of music that either originated in the region or were highly influenced by it. As of this post, it is extensive after 7 days of work, but will be significantly expanded. It features a lot of video, some of it produced by me, and a lot of audio files and images. Research and text is mostly by me and the layout is mine.
Well formed RFQ solicitations and contracts are vital to any entity working with third party vendors to protect both entities from legal issues and costly delays. I have always worked diligently to ensure such documents were clear, concise, and conformant to law. The links are to a Request For Quotation and to a sample contract to be supplied to potential vendors.
Developed this for use to help line managers determine whether training was the solution. Fact is, it is not as often or more than it is and much money and time is wasted on it where much simpler and less costly steps should be used.
EDM Click to download “A Practical Guide to EDM Electrode Material Selection”
Electrical Discharge Machining remains a critical, but largely unknown industry as those who practice it are very few and highly specialized. This technical manual was the first major project I had after graduate school and is probably still unique. No one had ever researched or documented the history of EDM, no one had ever photographed a single EDM spark, and no one had documented the process. These are only some of the landmarks in this book produced for UNOCAL Chemicals, POCO Graphite division. All of the graphics were designed by me on PC, then reproduced at print resolution on mainframe as the PCs available could not handle the required resolution at the time. I had the only PC in the company at the time, and introduced them. I have not included a lot of pages of purely technical data as it is not relevant for most of you. I included a single page of graphed results from one of the hundreds of tests done and analyzed to produce this work. The analysis was done by the lab, but I translated it to to machinist speak and produced the graphs to make it meaningful. All photography is mine, and I traveled from coast to coast to shoot it under difficult conditions.
Put this together last summer for Pamela Pierce Barcelou, daughter of well-known early independent filmmaker Charles B. Pierce. I performed a number of services to Pam including setup and balancing of massive Klipsch Professional Loudspeakers for the premiere. It was a lot of fun.
CET was chartered in late 1984, but it took over a year to establish budget and facilities. I was hired after a world wide search as Senior Educational Technologist and Acting Director to design and equip facilities and acquire and train staff. We establish strong ties with the government, the Singapore Institute for Standards and Industrial Research, the Singapore Association for Informatics in Medicine, Nanyang Technical Institute, and others. It is now much larger and known as CDTL, but the statements of purpose and methodology from the current NUS website below have changed little from those we drew up.
To be a globally renowned Centre that innovates and shares good practices in faculty engagement with teaching and learning and in the use of technology and emerging media for creating significant learning experiences.
To help advance cutting edge, evidence-based, impactful teaching and learning practices in ways that support the educational vision of NUS.
Strategies Offer high quality professional development programmes and consulting service to the NUS teaching community at both introductory and advanced levels.
Technology enabled, novel delivery and participation models will be innovated as appropriate.
Work collaboratively with the Centre for Instructional Technology to support NUS faculty in flexibly and creatively blending technology to stimulate personalized and higher order learning in students. To this end, build a core team of outstanding facilitators who can straddle pedagogy and technology in a seamless fashion.
Forge close partnership with departments and faculty groups from across campus to initiate and sustain substantive and transformative conversations about student learning.
Offer niche programmes to imbue broadly applicable skills, abilities and attitudes in our students so that they may fully benefit from the NUS educational experience.
Engage in and promote the scholarship of teaching and learning within and beyond NUS. Conduct periodic symposia, teaching institutes etc. with local and prestigious global partners.
In my profession I generally use professional 3D modelers, whether staff or third party, to handle my designs. However, I usually do the renderings for video myself. An example of that is found as the standard credit I developed for HPIDC and will be found in my professional video sample.
I always learn enough of every skill required to manage learning development professionals, including video, photography, audio engineering, vector and bitmap graphic design, publishing applications, and 3D modeling to name a few.
These are some I’ve done on my own in the past couple of years for various city and civic duties. I enjoy re-imagining things.
Broad and Stateline, Texarkana. I build these based on photos of the real structures, some of which are abandoned. Some objects are modified from libraries, which is much more efficient than building from scratch. All the lights I have created and added, including those lighting the interior of the Amtrak train in the upper left
Close up of reflecting pool proposed to go on the State Line in front of a restored Union Station.
The next few are various views of an abandoned downtown building I have re-envisioned as the Regional Music Heritage Center on whose board I serve. Every light source you see here is independent and completely controllable.
Front of proposed RMHC
Just inside the front door of the RMHC.
Control areas for audio and video of the RMHC set up as a movie and listening area.
Please download this design to view. The Competency Assessment System is one of the most advanced of its kind. It was developed with consultation from Dr. Fred Oswald of Rice University, Professor and Chair of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chairman of the Graduate Committee and one of the worlds leading experts in test and measurement. It has capabilities few have seen before and is based on extensions of SCORM 2.0 concepts I was worked on with an international committee of the IEEE. The definition of terms should be reviewed first. I own this design.
Solid project management is required most when execution is both departmentally team based, as well as cross malfunction with other business units. This is part of a project management plan for installation of an LMS system. An experienced training manager knows precisely when it’s time for a collaborative project management plan. It’s especially effective when shared with stakeholders via SharePoint or similar collaboration tools.
The above link is to a sample of leadership training facilitators guide developed for HPIDC managers at various levels from rig managers to executive levels. It proved highly effective, especially with managers with less experience.