Learning Design (LD) is a multifaceted and quickly evolving discipline. Educational and training programs are incorporating online and blended delivery formats that are increasingly complex and depend on a variety of multimedia content.
The design process is complex as well, and requires a global vision of the project and project goals in order to ensure the curriculum, courses, and content are aligned to, and directly support the program’s desired outcomes.
Marc approaches the design, implementation, and assessment of programs with a broad, global vision, understanding how all of the components in the design process are designed in unison so they function in a mutually interactive and supportive manner.
Using a design framework that is founded on educational theory and has evolved through extensive practical application, Marc is vested in the evolution from traditional learning models to more student-centric models, which depend heavily on online course delivery, eLearning applications, and educational technology.
Staying current in “best” practices for education and educational technology, Marc blends the appropriate use of technology with practice to create effective, experiential educational or training programs.
Marc also includes in his design framework Backwards by Design principles, where the design process begins with the desired outcomes, and with that vision in mind, the design team works backwards to formulate the optimum design framework.
Marc’s framework includes five major components to designing effective, memorable programs:
- A comprehensive understanding how and why adults learn, and more importantly, what motivates them to learn. Motivated learners are much more effective learners.
- A design framework anchored in solid instructional design foundations and sound educational practice – how does one apply this understanding of adult learning to structure courses or programs that effectively achieve the objectives of the training or education program on a consistent basis.
- Designing an overall curriculum that contains all needed elements, can be seamlessly delivered to the trainers, educators, and learners in a seamless manner — and then delivering it.
- The complex and ever changing world of multimedia production on which content is so heavily dependent. How do you create professional, engaging, interactive, and experiential content?
- Assessment and evaluation – both of the learner skills or knowledge, the learner’s performance after completion, the program itself, and the trainers. This leads to future improvements.
A skilled designer crafts these components in a mutually supportive, interactive fashion, to create effective, engaging, and memorable training or educational programs.
Designing professional, engaging, high quality courses requires engaging, high quality content. Producing this content requires extensive knowledge, and a high degree of skill.
Marc’s “Toolbox” includes The Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Captivate 9 Content Rapid Authoring System, Adobe Presenter 11 Rapid Video Creation Software, Camtasia Video Production Software, the Canvas Learning Management System, Microsoft 365, and various social media management systems.
As a veteran multimedia designer and of creating engaging content, Marc is able to not only design education curricula or training programs, but can develop effective, appropriate content for them as well.
It is important to remember the underlying goals of any successful educational or training programs are; to ensure the clear, effective transfer of information, and, to ensure information is presented in a manner that allows for retention and application of said information by the learner, whether that be ensuring that trained personnel are able perform their duties consistently up to, or beyond expectations in the field; or that graduates are able to apply and synthesize knowledge and skills to fulfill future societal roles. This requires carefully created, focused, engaging content.
Over his years as an entrepreneur and then educator, Marc has developed a vested interest in helping others to craft and develop effective, high quality educational, and training programs.
Marc moved into project management more recently. First hired in the role of instructional designer for the WWU/LIHI Mentoring program, Marc’s knowledge and leadership abilities led him to taking over the role of Special Project Manager when the program’s director was forced to step down.
Marc understands there is an overwhelming amount of information, advice, eLearning applications, and educational technology available to educators, and more is being developed every day. He is skilled at helping to filter through all the variables and then focusing on an effective, appropriate, and manageable approach to achieve an organizations goals.
Not only does he believe that helping others to start off on the “right foot” is important to the eventual success of any program, Marc truly enjoys helping and teaching others to create new programs, and improve or update existing ones.
As exciting as all the new eLearning products and apps are, it is important to remember that they are not the end, but a tool to help educators, trainers, and learners achieve that end. His management style and design framework are rooted in the belief that the balanced union of solid educational foundations and implementation of appropriate educational technology help lead to successful learner or program outcomes.
Teaching and Training
Marc is also a veteran teacher and trainer, having worked with young adults, adults, and university faculty in blended, online, and face-to face learning environments. Easily adaptable, Marc fares equally well in higher education and corporate settings.
Most recently, in his role as instructional designer and project manager for the WWU/LIHI Mentoring program, he was fortunate to work with ethnically diverse, community college students, supporting them in an online training program. This pilot program matriculated 20 students over a two-year period.
Prior to that, Marc’s worked in higher education setting, training Western Washington University faculty in the use of the Canvas Learning Management System and in the design of blended and online courses.
A veteran classroom teacher as well, Marc taught students from Korea and Spain to speak English in total-immersion language programs from 2003 -2007.