I have been a member of various ‘meetups’ for years now, but it was only the last 3 months that I feel that I worked up enough courage to actually attend an event again. I had been looking around on the site one day and found a few groups for people here in Melbourne in the eLearning arena. I figured I might meet some like-minded people, make a few connections, find more instructional designers and developers and who know’s might get some jobs out of it (As I have been needing work!).

I remember the first event I went to, years ago, was the Web Design Meetup, and it ended up a crazy experience. There were about 50 people crammed into a small pub in the city. There wasn’t much of an agenda, and being near the end of the year, the team posed the question, “What trends do you predict for the next year?” It basically opened up a giant can of worms, giving every armchair philosopher a chance to ramble on about the impact that social networking sites are having on our society. At one point, this older guy threw up his arms and said he’d had it with all this “branding” talk. “It’s a bunch of bullshit.” Having said all that, something good came from it though: I met people and got to hear what people are working on. Might go to more next year.

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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