Have you ever…

been to a place for the first time and it seems really familiar? What about if you go to that place and feel more at ease there than just about anywhere else? What if that’s not even in the same country you live in?

A long time ago when I was a kid I heard a song by John Denver (hey, don’t blame me, my parents were the ones playing it!) which had a line something like “he was born in the summer of his 27th year, coming home to a place he’d never been before”. The second part of that line has always intrigued me. I think I truly understood it for myself the first time I went to Ireland in 1996. And I’ve understood it afresh every time I’ve been there since.

I was born in Ireland but we moved as a family to Australia when I was four. I can remember landing in Singapore on the way here and seeing people who looked really different to people I knew out the window. I also remember how taking off and landing hurt my ears so badly I thought my head would burst. And I remember my dad chuckling as we looked out the window to see the tin sheds which made up the airport.

And while I have vague, random memories of things like snow (it was cold and hard, not soft and fuzzy like I thought it should be) and the flowers on Grannie D’s back porch (to this day I still love Jasmine). There’s also a discrete memory of the blackberries and raspberries at my other nanna’s house, as well as fighting dragons with my imaginary sword, but there was a lot I didn’t remember.

Published by theirishduck

I love the ability where I can plan, prioritise, design, develop and deliver blended learning solutions for a variety of markets. I love to consult and advise about the best use of digital learning and improve design standards in line with evolving ways of working. I also enjoy to keep up to date with, understand and regularly recommend emerging technologies and practice to improve individuals, teams and organisational capabilities. With over 12 years digital learning experience and demonstrated experience in both instructional design and eLearning development, I have also a lot of experience conducting training needs analysis including how to leverage principles such as design thinking and root cause analysis to understand and address performance gaps. I also have led many facilitation workshops and even presented at iDesignX and Game Developers Conferences both here in Australia, Wales and in the United States. I bring loads of coding experience in Java, ASM, C++, HTML, JavaScript, SCORM and xAPI, as well as proven capability using Adobe Captivate, Trivantis Lectora and Articulate Storyline 360 Studio authoring programs. Of course, Adobe Creative Cloud is also part of my toolbox which I also use daily. Being taught traditional and advanced 3D animation techniques, I love hand drawing and polymer clay sculpture, but can also use the Blender, 3D Studio Max, Maya and Softimage applications. With strong multimedia, training and programming backgrounds, I understand modern learner behaviour including micro and social learning, I am very familiar with most LMSes and app-based (XCode and Android Studio), adult learning models and e-solutions. I also possess the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, whilst being pro-active in delivering work independently with minimal supervision, but enjoy working in teams. I've been told I am a resilient, relationship focused guy which can manage and navigate conflicting views and stakeholders/subject matter experts.

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