My most recent position was with Laureate Education – University of Miami Partnership. Managed primarily the U of Miami's online Masters of Sport Administration program, providing overall content, design, HTML, and working with professors on course changes and content in Blackboard. I also contributed content to other programs, such as Nursing Infomatics, MBA, Finance, Accounting and Political Science. I also worked with a range of internal and external academic experts, stakeholders, product development staff, vendors, and institutional representatives to ensure adherence to product design decisions, business requirements, and academic expectations. Since January 2015, I have designed learning modules for Cisco System’s Cisco ONE software and for the Massachusetts Dept. of Education. I have previously developed modules for the Chicago Public School system. Examples of my work can be seen on my YouTube channel, the link available at the top of my resume. I also have been teaching animation and graphic design online part-time since 2003. I have worked for five different universities, and have taught everything from art foundation courses, Autodesk Maya and Adobe programs. My most recent teaching assignment was a digital imaging course for Southern New Hampshire University. I have also recently developed and taught a Graduate-level course in Adobe After Effects for the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, and two courses in Autodesk Maya for Baker College Online, Flint, Michigan. TECHNICAL SKILLS: • Autodesk Maya, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Acrobat Professional, Adobe Captivate 5&8, Articulate Storyline 2, Adobe After Effects (Red Giant, Element 3d), Adobe Audition, Maxwell Render, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Project, Jira, Dovico, Plus many more…

Work Samples

  • Interior Design render for HoM Colloraborative

  • Trade Show Booth for Cat Undercarriage

Work History

  • Owner

    • SwansonMultimedia
    • Rockford, IL
    • Jan 2001 - Present (16 years 9 months)

    My freelance company. Create animations and motion graphics in Adobe After Effects and Autodesk Maya. Currently looking for work in either Miami or Chicago, though open to other relocations...

  • Associate Learning Architect, PSID - University of Miami Partnership

    This is an expanded/managing Sr. Instructional Design/ Course Dev. role:
    • Oversaw the U of Miami's online Master’s of Sport Administration program, providing overall design, HTML, and working with professors on course changes.
    • Oversees the design, development, and implementation of learning products (e.g., academic programs) through close collaboration with academic and business representatives of partner institutions/organizations.
    • Subject matter expert in e-learning development. Work with a range of internal and external academic experts, stakeholders, product development staff, vendors, and institutional representatives to ensure adherence to product design decisions, business requirements, and academic expectations. Work includes the MBA, Finance, Accounting, Health Informatics and Political Science departments.

  • Multimedia Communications Associate, Medical Education & Evaluation

    • University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford
    • Feb 2013 - Apr 2014 (1 year 2 months)

    -Designed an Apple iBook for a 6 week Psychology clerkship
    -Creating lecture videos with Adobe After Effects. These include titles, and additional media such as still images, sounds and motion graphics.
    -Creating sound boards in Adobe Flash, such as cardiology sounds. These are used as teaching materials.
    -Adding additional content, such as video or motion graphics, to current PowerPoint presentations.
    -Collaborating on massing a digital collection of pathology slides using a digital camera microscope.

  • E-Learning Developer

    • RPM Visual Media
    • Jul 2011 - Sep 2011 (2 months)

    Developing content using Adobe Captivate for a major corporate client

  • SME/ Instructional Designer/ Adjunct Professor of Fine Art

    • Baker College
    • Jul 2010 - Jan 2011 (6 months)

    I developed with Robert J. Payne, Instructional Designer, two graduate-level courses in Autodesk Maya. All lesson plans, exercises, syllabi were created. I was also the adjunct professor instructing these courses.

  • Adjunct Professor of Fine Art (online)

    • Academy of Art University
    • Aug 2009 - Jul 2010 (11 months)

    Instruct a motion graphics course for distant learners. Trained and studied newest techniques for teaching adult learners. Teach current art topics, design and techniques. Participate in yearly training for teaching accreditation. Provided general support, such as coordinating courses, and grading. Provided one-on-one support for students through email, phone, and in-course messaging.

  • Maya Animator

    • Telesco Associates Architecture
    • Jun 2008 - Jul 2008 (1 month)

    TELESCO ASSOCIATES, Bay Harbour Island, FL June-July, 2008
    Located in Miami Beach, FL, this nationally acclaimed architecture and interior design firm specializes in nightclub and restaurant design throughout the US and the Caribbean. www.nightclub-design.com

    Computer Animator (Contracted Consultant)
    Created pre-visualization of building interiors. Full lighting and textures with Autodesk Maya and Maxwell Renderer.

    Position Highlights:
    • Developed interiors to show clients how design will look before it has been built
    • Provided realistic renders to sell concept to clients and win approval

  • Web Content Coordinator

    • The Rewards Network
    • May 2007 - Jan 2008 (8 months)

    THE REWARDS NETWORK, Hollywood, Florida 2007-2008
    Rewards Network (AMEX:IRN), headquartered in Chicago, IL, powers the leading frequent dining programs in North America. www.rewardsnetwork.com

    Web Content Coordinator (Contracted Consultant)
    Liaise and collaborate with regional sales representatives and restaurant owners to develop marketing content for corporate website. Used proprietary database program to upload materials to website. Coordinated and processes materials for upload with IT department for final roll out of new website. Direct and oversee new logo design for current and new restaurant clients. Layout and design of new restaurant menus. Resized current web content according to design protocols, including, but not limited to, corporate identities, logos, photography and restaurant menus.

  • Adjunct Professor of Fine Art

    • The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online
    • 2005 - 2008 (3 years)

    Education Management Corporation (Public, NASDAQ:EDMC) is a provider of post-secondary education in North America, with approximately 96,000 enrolled students as of October 2007.

    Adjunct Professor of Fine Art (Distance Learning/Online)
    Instructed graphic design, computer animation and art foundation courses for distant learners. Trained and studied newest techniques for teaching adult learners. Lectured live online, and taught current art topics, design and techniques. Contracted addition work as course developer. Participated in yearly training for teaching accreditation. Provided general support, such as coordinating courses, grading and general support. Provided one-on-one support for students through email, phone, and in-course messaging.

  • Adjunct Professor of Fine Art

    • American Intercontinental University
    • Jan 2003 - Sep 2005 (2 years 8 months)

    Adjunct Professor of Fine Art (Distance Learning/Online)
    Instructed graphic design, computer animation and art foundation courses for distant learners. Trained and studied newest techniques for teaching adult learners. Lectured live online, and taught current art topics, design and techniques. Contracted addition work as course developer. Participated in yearly training for teaching accreditation. Provided general support, such as coordinating courses, grading and general support. Provided one-on-one support for students through email, phone, and in-course messaging.

  • Photo Stylist

    • Ligature, Inc.
    • 1992 - 1993 (1 year)

    Directed photography and acted as a liaison between the graphic design team and freelance photographers. These photographs were used to build pages for Houghton-Mifflin math textbooks for grades 1-6. We also created a Spanish translation version.

Education

  • Miami International University of Art and Design

    • MFA Computer Animation
    • 2000 - 2001

    Formerly International Fine Arts College (IFAC)

  • University of Illinois at Chicago

    • BFA Photo,Film,Electronic Media
    • 1988 - 1991

    Finished BFA in 3 years, Minor-Art History, with a concentration in Renaissance Art

Specialties

Affiliations

National Art Education Association (NAEA)

Awards

First post-graduate initiate, Delta Chi Fraternity, Western Illinois University Chapter

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