History of success in the corporate world...  The combination of my 15 years' worth of skills, experience, training, education, and interests combine to make me a writer who can do more than just put words on paper—or on a screen.  I become your partner in getting results from your target audience.  And when I create your message, you can be sure it will be clear, accurate, and well written.

Portfolio and Experience:
 

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Communicating is a vital part of training and instruction, and I bring varied and extensive experience as an instructional designer in multiple media.  The first step in training is the same step I take in starting your writing project—How do you want your audience or students to act differently after hearing your message?  Because much of corporate training work is proprietary, I can't show you as many samples as I'd like to.  However, I'll list examples of my work, and you're welcome to contact me with questions.

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Electronic Data Systems (EDS)
Plano, Texas
Technology Support Services

Technical documentation and training for the Technology Support Services and knowledgeCentre teams.
 

Worked with subject-matter experts to create these manuals and courses.
  • Rebar Prerequisite Software Installation Guide
  • TSS Operations Ready Configuration for Windows Servers
  • TSS Maxamine Traffic Statistics Report Setup Procedures
  • TSS Reporting Services 2000 Configuration Procedures
  • TSS WebLogic v8.15 Installation Procedures
  • TSS WebLogic v8.15 Deployment Procedures
  • SDS ClearTrust Qualification
  • SDS ClearTrust Discovery
  • SDS ClearTrust Solution Instructions
  • Introduction to knowledgeCentre
    (virtual classroom/distance learning medium)
  • knowledgeCentre Steward Training
    (virtual classroom/distance learning medium)
Electronic Data Systems (EDS)
Plano, Texas
knowledgeCentre

Virtual classroom (distance learning) training for the knowledgeCentre team.
 

Worked with subject-matter experts to create PowerPoint-based virtual classroom (distance learning) courses for users of the Microsoft Sharepoint knowledgeCentre tool for EDS employees worldwide.
  • Introduction to knowledgeCentre
  • knowledgeCentre Steward Training

Electronic Data Systems (EDS)
Plano, Texas
Corporate Security

Training design, development, and implementation for Corporate Security and its four divisions—Data Security, Physical Security, Business Continuity (disaster planning and recovery), and Investigations
  • "Business Improvement Cycle" course
  • Data Security Call Center training design
  • "Introduction to Business Continuity" (disaster planning and recovery) course

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Plano I.S.D.
Plano, Texas
Through EDS Government Services
  • "Plano ISD Network Training" course—In less than three months (with no other staff available), I designed, developed, and implemented a seven-hour, instructor-led computer lab course to train Plano ISD staff to use the new PC network (including email) that EDS was implementing in all Plano ISD sites.  I created an instructor manual (175 pages) and student manual (144 pages) containing extensive screen graphics, a quick reference, and numerous practice files for hands-on PC work.  I taught the course pilot to Plano ISD trainers, who then took over the instruction as part of a train-the-trainer arrangement.

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Electronic Data Systems (EDS)
Plano, Texas
Technical Development

Training design, development, and implementation for various EDS groups
  • Metrics Analysis curriculum—combination of classroom, self-study, and CBT media.
  • "Software Performance Engineering for Legacy Systems" course.
  • Management Consulting Services training—I consulted with other EDS groups on curriculum design.
  • "Systems Life Cycle (SLC) Integrated Application Modeling/Structured Analysis" course merge.
  • "Advanced CICS" course.
  • Information Utilities curriculum.
  • "Information Processing Center (IPC) Site Design and Construction" course.
  • Mansfield Modernization Training (GM25) for General Motors’ Mansfield, Ohio, auto-part stamping plant—I edited multiple 100-plus page user manuals for the new automated machinery at the plant.
Electronic Data Systems (EDS)
Plano, Texas
Technical Development

Computer-Based Training (CBT)  and
e-Learning
  • "Using the Systems Life Cycle (SLC) for Maintenance and Minor Enhancements" course (14 hours workstation CBT).
  • EDS Interactive Distance Learning Network (e-learning)—Helped create and cost the original proposal to build the EDS Interactive Distance Learning Network (IDLN), which broadcasts interactive EDS employee and customer training worldwide, plus public non-profit projects such as Dr. Robert Ballard’s JASON project.
  • General Ledger curriculum (CBT).
  • "Networking Overview" (CBT).
I used the Instructional Systems Life Cycle (ISLC) and similar methodologies to determine training and communication needs (including needs analysis) and to design, develop, test, implement, and evaluate courses and curricula.  I worked with lecture-style (classroom) instruction, computer-based training (CBT), Interactive Distance Learning (e-learning), and various self-study, job aid (quick reference), and help media—in a broad variety of technical and non-technical subjects.  I mentored other instructional designers, developers, and editors in these areas.  I wrote and edited extensively in all training projects.