Matt on January 23, 2014

In 1997 I spent a year teaching English as a second language in Japan. Throughout the first semester my students would ask me, “How can I improve my English quickly?” As a young teacher, my response was vague and revolved around working hard and practicing everyday. I was trying to learn Japanese myself and I […]

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Matt on January 23, 2014

Early in my career as an instructional designer, I studied Dick and Cary’s “Systematic Design of Instruction.” I still rely on its simple procedural framework to define for the uninitiated which steps should be tackled first. As a new designer working in a corporate consulting firm where rapid meant better, I learned Michael Allen’s “Guide […]

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Matt on January 22, 2014

Mercy College is a mid-size comprehensive college in the New York metropolitan area. We are members of the Next Generation Learning Challenges grant to produce Open Educational Resources (OER). Our institution provides an affordable education to a community of students who are the first generation to attend college. Providing low cost and high quality OER […]

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Matt on January 22, 2014

I was asked recently to summarize my technology experience. It turned into this inventory: On a daily basis I use a MacBook Pro, an HP Probook, an iPhone 5, and an iPad 2 (retina display). I regularly use a Flipcamera, a Canon T3i SLR camera, a Canon – VIXIA HD camcorder, and a TASCAM handheld […]

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Matt on April 4, 2009

Design Philosophy: I love to K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid) Summary of Experience: 5 years experience in instructional design and e-learning courseware development 5 years as highly creative teacher immersed in a variety of international cultures Proven ability to produce e-learning courseware in a deadline-driven environment by managing virtual teams across international time zones and […]

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