Personal Journey

An award-winning eLearning designer and media developer

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, it’s wonderful to be back here again, doing the work I love. My career path has taken me from British Columbia to Alberta to South Korea and back to BC again. Thanks to broadband and advanced communication technologies, my work is now entirely remote. This began two years prior to the pandemic because my body of ongoing multimedia work requires an office that doubles as a film studio and allows me to maximize productivity.

From 1994 until  2009, I was a special needs, English literature, and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher for students of all ages and backgrounds. In 2009, after completing the Cambridge University Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), I focused my teaching practice on adult learners and, from 2010 until 2017, I taught public speaking, filmmaking, and EFL at Hanyang University in South Korea.

While teaching there, I earned my Master of Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia and began using a blended learning (hybrid) approach to all my courses.

Upon returning to Canada in 2017, I accepted a contract position as an instructional designer at Royal Roads University and in 2018 I joined the Learning and Development team at First West Credit Union. In July 2023, I joined the team at Vancouver Island Health Authority as an instructional designer.

From Airwaves to eLearning

Work Process Example

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As shown in the diagram, these steps are not entirely linear. While designing instruction, I often move fluidly between each of the phases depending on the situation and decisions that are being made while collaborating with SMEs. While I generally follow the sequence of the process, I frequently transition between the phases as needed.

Analysis – This phase involves understanding your audience, the problem you aim to solve, and defining the goals and objectives. It is essential to determine the current status of the individual or team and identify the skills that will be needed.

Design – With the learning objectives and the results of the context analysis in hand, the program’s outline is crafted. At this stage, the appropriate delivery method is selected, whether it be classroom-based, e-learning, or toolbox talks, among other options.

Development – This stage is focused on building the program in detail. It can proceed in an agile manner, which includes building, testing, and adjusting, or it can follow a more traditional route with a sequence of writing, rewriting, piloting, and reviewing.

Implementation – This is the primary stage of delivering the learning solution. In large-scale projects, this may encompass the rollout of pilot programs. For more extensive projects, the delivery includes not only train-the-trainer programs but also the actual delivery to meet the specific needs of learners.

Evaluation – This phase assesses whether the program has adequately addressed the gap identified during the analysis phase and if it has met the expectations of both the business and the individual learners.

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Work Process Example

Work Process Description

As shown in the diagram, these steps are not entirely linear. While designing instruction, I often move fluidly between each of the phases depending on the situation and decisions that are being made while collaborating with SMEs. While I generally follow the sequence of the process, I frequently transition between the phases as needed.

Analysis – This phase involves understanding your audience, the problem you aim to solve, and defining the goals and objectives. It is essential to determine the current status of the individual or team and identify the skills that will be needed.

Design – With the learning objectives and the results of the context analysis in hand, the program’s outline is crafted. At this stage, the appropriate delivery method is selected, whether it be classroom-based, e-learning, or toolbox talks, among other options.

Development – This stage is focused on building the program in detail. It can proceed in an agile manner, which includes building, testing, and adjusting, or it can follow a more traditional route with a sequence of writing, rewriting, piloting, and reviewing.

Implementation – This is the primary stage of delivering the learning solution. In large-scale projects, this may encompass the rollout of pilot programs. For more extensive projects, the delivery includes not only train-the-trainer programs but also the actual delivery to meet the specific needs of learners.

Evaluation – This phase assesses whether the program has adequately addressed the gap identified during the analysis phase and if it has met the expectations of both the business and the individual learners.

What’s So Special About My Work?

Aside from my expertise in adult learning theory and pedagogy, another factor that distinguishes my work is a unique capacity for producing engaging and effective multimedia content in my fully equipped studio. This significantly reduces the need to pay additional fees to external video production companies, voiceover artists, and on-camera talent. It also results in excellent course completion rates.

Typical Video Production Costs in Canada

By adding me to your team, most of these costs can be avoided while still providing exceptional learning experiences for your people.

For a partial list of my “on demand” studio tools, tap/click on the toggle below
Studio Tools

"On-demand" Studio Tools

The blue push-pins mark some of the useful and unique tools that I frequently use. Tap or hover to see more.

DJI Osmo Pocket with Osmo Extension Rod

  • handheld 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer with Integrated Camera
  • 1/2. 3-Inch sensor, 80° FOV, and F/2. 0 aperture
  • 4K/60Fps video at 100Mbps and photos at 12 MP
  • shown mounted on Moman Mini Tabletop Tripod

 

QNAP RAID Storage

  • 4 Bay Hard Drive Enclosure Direct Attached Storage (DAS)
  • USB Type-C Direct-attached storage device
  • RAID supports RAID 0, 1, 5, JBOD, and individual disks
  • each bay hosts a Seagate IronWolf 10TB NAS Internal Hard Drive HDD

FeelWorld F6 Plus 5.5" 4K HDMI Monitor

  • Touchscreen 1920 x 1080 Display
  • Up to DCI 4K HDMI Input; HDMI Output
  • LUT Support via SD Card Slot
  • DC, USB, L-Series/LP-E6 Power Support

DELL XPS 8930

  • Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-9700K CPU @ 3.60GHz
  • Installed RAM: 32.0 GB
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro

 

VIJIM DSLR LED Video Light

  • 3000 to 6500K Variable Color LED
  • 96 LEDs with a CRI of 96
  • USB Type-C Charging in 3 Hours

 

Caddie Buddy Teleprompter

  • works with any tablet or phone
  • all Steel camera mount
  • professional beam splitter glass

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR Camera

  • EF-S 18-55mm STM Lens
  • 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Sensor
  • full HD 60p & external microphone input
  • Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 is USM Lens

Rode NT-USB

  • versatile Studio-Quality USB Microphone
  • full frequency response
  • includes zero-latency stereo headphone monitoring

 

Rode VideoMic Pro+

  • compact directional on-camera shotgun condenser microphone
  • super-cardioid polar pattern minimizes surrounding audio
  • recording is focused on the subject in front of the camera

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

  • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8650U CPU @ 1.90GHz 2.11 GHz
  • Storage: 512 GB
  • Installed RAM: 16 GB
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • System Type: 64-bit

DJI Osmo Action Camera

  • 4K Video Camera
  • Lens FOV: 145° f/2.8
  • Waterproof at depths of up to 11 meters
  • Operating Temperature: -10 to 40°C

 

 

DJI Mini 2 Microdrone

  • Foldable Drone Quadcopter
  • Weighs less than 249 grams
  • Classified by Transport Canada as a microdrone
  • no registration or pilot license requirements
  • 3-Axis Gimbal with 4K Camera
  • 12MP Photo
  • 31 Mins Flight Time

Rode Wireless Go

  • compact wireless microphone system
  • built-in omni mic & 3.5mm mic input
  • miniature clip-on transmitter
  • miniature clip-on receiver
  • for mobile journalism, videography

LitraTorch 2.0 LED Lights

  • 5700K output, 70° beam spread
  • Flicker-free stepped dimming
  • 2 x 1/4"-20 threaded mounting holes
  • Slip-on diffusion included
  • for mobile journalism, videography

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom

  • 1/2.3 inch CMOS 12MP sensor
  • up to four-times zoom, including a two-times optical zoom (24 - 48mm)
  • 3-axis gimbal for steady shots
  • 8GB internal storage
  • SD card support up to 128GB
  • ActiveTrack 2.0
  • Dolly Zoom
  • Omnidirectional Obstacle Sensing

Tascam DR-10L Portable Digital Audio Recorder

  • Lavalier microphone included
  • 44.1Khz/48Khz, 16/24-Bit linear PCM mono/poly recording
  • supports wav format
  • ideal for live events & location recording

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.4"

  • Telus LTE & WiFi
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Screen Size: 8.4"
  • Memory Card (max): 512

Equipment Deep Dive

Audio

  1. Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Headphones
  2. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Headphones
  3. Neewer Professional Microphone Pop Filter Shield with A Flexible 360 Degree Gooseneck Clip Stabilizing Arm
  4. On Stage Stands MS7701 Tripod Boom Microphone Stand (2 each)
  5. Neewer Adjustable Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand
  6. Rode DeadCat VMP+
  7. Rode NT-USB Versatile Studio-Quality USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone
  8. Rode PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm
  9. Rode SC7 TRS to TRRS Patch Cable
  10. Rode SMR Premium Microphone Shock Mount with Rycote Lyre Suspension
  11. Rode VideoMic Pro+ Compact Directional On-Camera Shotgun Condenser Microphone
  12. Rode Wireless Go - Compact Wireless Microphone System, Transmitter and Receiver
  13. Samson Go Mic Compact USB Microphone (2 each)
  14. Samson SWGMMHHQ8 GoMic Mobile Handheld Transmitter
  15. Samson SWGMMSLAV Go Mic Mobile Professional Lavalier Wireless System for Mobile Video
  16. Sony MDRXB950B1/B Wireless Headphone (2 each)
  17. Tascam DR-10L Portable Digital Audio Recorder with Lavalier Microphone
  18. Tascam TM-10LB Lavalier Microphone

Lighting and Backdrops

  1. Aputure Amaran AL-M9 LED Video Light
  2. CanadianStudio Photo Studio 5' x 7' Collapsible Flex-Out Green/Blue Chromakey Twist Double Sided Backdrop Background
  3. Cowboystudio 33 inch Photography Studio Translucent Shoot Through White Umbrella
  4. Godox LED64 Video Lamp Light Led Video Light for DSLR Camera Camcorder mini DVR (2 each)
  5. Elgato Green Screen - Collapsible chroma key panel
  6. Kate 7x5ft Grey Backdrop Portrait Backdrops Muslin Background Old Master Photo Backdrop
  7. LitraTorch 2.0 LED Photo Light - Black - LT2202 (2 each)
  8. Mobifoto Mobilite 12-12" Ring Light Kit
  9. Mountdog 2M x 3M/6.5ft x 10ft Photo Backdrop Stand Kit
  10. Mountdog 2.6M x 3M/8.5ft x 10ft Photo Backdrop Stand Kit Photography Studio Background Support System
  11. Neewer Bi-Color 660 LED Video Light and Stand Kit Includes: 3200-5600K CRI 96+ Dimmable Light with U Bracket and Barndoor and 75 inches Light Stand (4 each)
  12. Neewer Collapsible Softbox Diffuser Compatible with Neewer 480/660/530 LED Light Panels
  13. Neewer LED Light Panel Softbox for 660 LED Panel: 9.25x9.25 inches Opening
  14. Neewer LED Light Studio LED Lighting Kit - 2 Packs Light Handheld LED Video Light Stick 5500K
  15. Phot-R Type G Universal Swivel Light Stand Bracket and Umbrella Holder for Canon
  16. SAVAGE BACKDROPS: Assorted colors, prints, and sizes
  17. SAVAGE BLACK GAFFER TAPE 2" X 55 YDS
  18. VIJIM DSLR LED Video Light on-Camera Dimmable Bi-Color 3000-6500K CRI 96+ Built-in 2800mAh Battery 96 Beads

Pilot Certificates

Video - Cameras, Lenses, and Accessories

  1. Aodelan Camera Remote Shutter Release for Canon SL2
  2. Caddie Buddy Teleprompter
  3. CANON AC ADAPTER AC-E6N
  4. Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
  5. Canon EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm STM Lens - WiFi Enabled
  6. Canon BR-E1 Wireless Remote Control
  7. Canon Ew-83J Lens Hood For Ef-S 17-55 F2.8 Is
  8. DJI OSMO ACTION 4K Video Camera
  9. DJI Osmo Mobile 2 Handheld Gimbal
  10. DJI Osmo Pocket
  11. Feelworld F6 Plus 5.5 Inch Touch Screen 3D LUT 4K IPS HDMI On-Camera Field Monitor
  12. Feelworld F750 Battery
  13. PolarPro WiFi Tripod Adapter for DJI Osmo Pocket
  14. PGYTECH Action Camera Strap Holder
  15. PGYTECH Carrying Case
  16. PGYTECH Filter for OSMO Pocket - ND/PL SET (Professional)
  17. PGYTECH OSMO Pocket Screen Protector
  18. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
  19. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
  20. Tiffen 77mm UV Protection Filter

Drones and Exterior Shoot Equipment

  1. BatPower ProE 2 ES7B 98Wh Power Bank
  2. DJI Mavic Air Drone with 1/2.3” 12-megapixel CMOS sensor and f/2.8 lens
  3. DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Drone with 1/2.3-inch 12-megapixel sensor with up to 4x zoom, including a 2x optical zoom (24–48 mm)
  4. DJI Mavic 2 Fly More Kit
  5. DJI Mini 2 Microdrone
  6. GoPro Performance Chest Mount (GoPro Official Mount)
  7. Hiluckey Solar Charger 24000mAh Portable Power Bank
  8. Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II - A Travel-Ready Backpack for DSLR and 15" Laptop and Tablet
  9. Neewer 35"x7"x8"/90x18x20cm Padded Carrying Bag
  10. PolarPro Action Mount for DJI Osmo Pocket
  11. PolarPro Vivid Filter Collection for Mavic 2 Zoom
  12. PGYTECH Filter for OSMO Pocket - ND/PL SET (Professional)
  13. Yiliwit Extension Rod for Gimbal - 29 inch Adjustable Selfie Stick Compatible with Gimbal Stabilizer DJI Osmo

Tripods, Stands, and Mounts

  1. CAMO Handheld Gimbal Adjustable Scalable Holder Extended for Gimbal stabilizer
  2. CAMVATE Super Clamp with 1/4"-20 to 1/4"-20 Screw Converter (4 each)
  3. CAMVATE 7" Articulating Magic Arm V1
  4. CAMVATE 11" Articulating Magic Arm for Camera Monitor (2 each)
  5. K&M Stands 26000-500-02 Microphone Stand with Heavy Round Base
  6. Manfrotto MKCOMPACTACN‐BK Compact Action Tripod
  7. Manfrotto MTPIXI-B PIXI Mini Tripod
  8. MOBIFOTO MOBILITE 12-12" RING LIGHT VLO
  9. Moman Mini Tabletop Tripod for DSLR Camera (3 each)
  10. Moman Tripod Fluid Drag Pan Head with Handle and 1/4 Quick Release (2 each)
  11. Neewer Metal Desktop Mini Tripod
  12. Neewer Mini Tripod Head Mobile Phone/Camera Ball Head with Handle and 1/4 inch Quick Shoe Plate
  13. Neewer Mini Travel Tabletop Camera Tripod
  14. PolarPro Tripod Mount for DJI Osmo Pocket
  15. Ulanzi Aluminum Tablet Tripod Mount for iPad with Cold Shoe Mount
  16. Ulanzi PT-2 Aluminum Alloy Universal Cold Shoe Extension Bracket
  17. Ulanzi ST-02S Aluminum Phone Tripod Mount w Cold Shoe Mount
  18. Vanguard Alta Pro 263AGH Tripod with Grip Head
  19. Vanguard Multi-Mount 6 Horizontal Bar for Mounting Multiple Devices on One Tripod
  20. Zeadio Metal Mini Tripod

Interview With Thrive Magazine

Backstory: Because of the unprecedented 98.6% employee completion rate of a 2021 project in which I used green screen, advanced multimedia editing, and a bit of acting talent, I found myself honoured with the title of the “Face of Federal Training.” This resulted in the interview shown below.

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