Career Development/Application for Curriculum Development Work Supervisory Skills

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To Whom It May Concern:

Please find the following information, regarding my Application for Course Development Work, (Business Management - Supervisory Skills). I have also provided a Self-Rating, from 1-10, where 10 is the highest rating possible.

Area of Relevance
Relevant educational or professional credential (specify): Masters in Business or equivalent
  • BA, Political Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism (graduate degree)
  • Certified Advanced Technology Manager (1-year, industry MBA)
  • Assessment certifications (Myers-Briggs, Strong, Birkman)
  • 10+ years of business experience

Appropriate knowledge and content expertise (specify): Supervision
  • Familiarity with high tech, traditional and manufacturing environments
  • Supervisory experience for small yet diverse project teams (i.e. 5 members); either co-located or virtual

Demonstrated skills and abilities in the development of flexible learning materials
  • My experience has been to develop materials that are adaptable to different situations (and delivery formats) to support the learning process, and differing individual interests, needs, motivations and learning styles.
  • This also includes materials that can be applied to different delivery formats, including but not limited to: Internet, print, languages, audio, video)
  • I have the ability to assess a situation, the resources involved (financial, materiel, personnel) and a person’s individual learning needs, and create and adapt relevant learning materials to meet those requirements.
  • I have developed business materials such as case studies, surveys, open-ended questions, topical focused, basic information, and in-depth studies, and have integrated them in a learning process to achieve learning objectives.
  • In the development of these flexible learning materials, I usually perform a pilot study to make sure that they have validity and reliability to the learning objectives, and fit the learner’s and business contexts.

Demonstrated skills and abilities in the delivery of flexible learning materials
  • The following are examples of skills and abilities in the delivery of flexible learning materials: presentation skills, facilitated learning skills; large group and small group work, reflection; the development of followup learning plans; and, coaching.

Demonstrated skills and abilities in the application of adult learning principles
  • I find it useful to build a self-assessment into the beginning of a course, to support the individual’s learning process. A self-assessment is often vital to help students understand their learning style; their current functions on the job, and interests; and what skill sets are needed to help them develop, both personally and professionally.. I also sometimes use a “learning contract” to support and encourage their commitment to learning.
  • Typically, adults learn by doing, modelling and associating/connecting facts and information with things familiar to them, and a context that makes sense to them. They assimilate information through feelings and constructs; and accommodate new information as they adapt new skills to a changing environment.
  • Rote memorization is not motivating, nor desirable for most adult learners
  • Adults though, have different individual requirements for learning and reinforcement, and these must be taken into account in course design and delivery.
  • I find at the end of each course, the development of a “learning action plan” is paramount to support the transition of learning from the classroom to on the job.

Demonstrated ability to use and apply instructional technology
  • I have used flip charts, whiteboarding, Power Point slides and overheads, and interactive e-learning to help people learn effectively.
  • I have also used a range of experiential exercises; role-playing/simulations; project work; quizzes & presentations; Q&As; facilitated dialogue, and electronic interactive learning systems.

Evidence of timely and accurate completion of project work
  • In my career, I have never missed a deadline for any writing assignment or project. (I can fax you a reference from The Globe and Mail (Report on Business) pertaining to this point, if desired.)

Demonstrated ability to produce accurate content (i.e., free of factual errors; verified against a reliable source; meeting requirements of articulation or professional certification/licensing bodies)
  • In all my years of writing/editing, I have never encountered a situation where the facts where wrong. If I was unsure in any way, I have double checked with sources, and verified accuracy. I’m very cognizant about my responsibility to ‘check and recheck’ facts, and their ultimate impact on the professionalism of the material and the people they touch.

Demonstrated ability to provide current and relevant content
  • In the materials that I have produced, I am astute in my research of what is current to the topic, and perform ongoing due diligence to ascertain what the best-practices and constructs are.
  • Relevancy of content is related to the needs of the client. One of my key skills is understanding general market needs, and identifying the specific requirements of more narrowly defined target markets.

Demonstrated ability to write in a clear and consistent style
  • As a former Reporter for The Globe and Mail, and Financial Post, one of my chief responsibilities was to ensure a consistent style and grammatically correct content through application of Canadian Press style guidelines.
  • I have written extensively for national newspapers and publications, written for a Grade 10 level, or for the lowest level needed in order to support clarity, and understanding.
  • I write to convey meaning, utility and purpose. I write in plain language so that clear communication and learning can take place; so that all content is written in an accessible, easy-to-read format for all audiences.

Demonstrated ability to produce grammatically correct content
  • As a former Assistant Editor for a magazine, one of my chief responsibilities was to ensure grammatically correct content for other people’s work
  • Before I submit work, I carefully go over the finished result to ensure that it’s grammatically correct.
  • For all of my assignments/projects, I am used to checking editing and grammar before it passes to other editors and designers.
  • On complex projects, I have partnered with a copy editor, with an eye for detail and grammar — just to make sure that the copy is right. I’ve learned that it’s a lot easier (and cheaper) to change content before it goes to the printer.