I've been providing e-learning, instructional technology, and web design & development expertise within higher education for over 17 years. I currently design and develop online instructional content and training modules at the University of Denver.
I'm also a graduate student in the Emergent Digital Practices program (MA) at the University of Denver, where I continue to explore the intersection of art and technology. My creative work includes the development and programming of interactive electronic artworks, and experimenting with creative coding tools such as Processing, Max, and openFrameworks. Additionally, I play keyboards and drums, and occasionally compose original music.
You can reach me via email - rich(at)rich-path.com - or connect with me via LinkedIn .
A brief summary of my work experience and interests.
Tools that I currently use or have worked with, organized by level of experience.
AngularJS, JSON, XML, Drupal, WordPress, PHP; MySQL; Adobe AfterEffects, Illustrator, InDesign, ColdFusion; Articulate Studio 13; Final Cut Pro; Camtasia Studio; Moodle and Blackboard learning management systems; Arduino programming; openFrameworks
NodeJS, VueJS, Git, Python, PhoneGap, SCORM standards
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University of Denver, CO
Instructional Multimedia Developer (Oct 2015 - Present)
I collaborate with faculty and staff to design and create multimedia content for instructional use and research support. My services include:
Beyond Campus Innovations - Greenwood Village, CO
Multimedia Developer (contractual) (Aug 2017 - Aug 2018)
Developed and revised online courses for BCI clients on a contractual project basis.
Academic Technology, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Senior Instructional Design/Educational Technology Specialist (Oct 2013 - Oct 2015)
As part of the Online Course Production team, I collaborated closely with faculty, instructors and subject matter experts to create effective and engaging online and blended versions of courses and training programs.
Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Instructional Technology Specialist (Aug 2008 - Oct 2013)
In my role at ICTR, I helped the institute accomplish a variety of educational and management goals:
Edgewood College - Madison, WI
Academic Technology Specialist (Apr 2002 - Aug 2008)
I was the primary resource for providing academic technology expertise at this small private liberal arts college. I helped faculty and staff improve their proficiency with using software applications, online tools and classroom technology.
University of Wisconsin Colleges: Rock County campus - Janesville, WI
Instructional Technology Specialist (Dec 1999 – Apr 2002)
I supported both distance education and classroom technology initiatives at this 2-year college campus:
Madison Metropolitan School District - Madison, WI
Technology Specialist / Microcomputing Technician (Apr 1995 – Dec 1998)
I worked with middle school students and teachers to incorporate media production and media literacy into everyday classroom curriculum.
MA, Emergent Digital Practices • currently pursuing
E-learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate coursework • 2009
Completed graduate-level coursework in instructional design for e-learning.
BS, InterArts and Technology program • 1994
InterArts and Technology was a multi-disciplinary new media design program within the UW Madison School of Education. Coursework included video production, music and audio production, computer animation and graphics, and computer interaction systems.
Artwork & Installations
Data Visualization & Explorable Explanations
E-learning Development & Educational Technology
Musical Performance & Projects
Troposcape consists of a large artificial LED-illuminated cloudscape that can be "played" by viewers. The light patterns of the clouds are synchronized to an accompanying soundtrack of ambient nature soundscapes. As viewers activate triggers in the space, musical notes are played with a variety of instrument samples, and areas of the cloudscape respond accordingly in light intensity and color. This work was presented throughout 2017 at the McWhinney offices inside the Dairy Block building, downtown Denver, CO and in the Hypercube studio at the University of Denver. A short video documenting the piece is available on my Vimeo channel.Artwork, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Max, Processing
This work was presented at the Grant Street Mansionin Denver, CO during the Mansion Dynamic exhibition, May 2017. A non-functioning antique wall phone nearby the mansion's foyer was converted into an interactive device that narrates excerpts from the diary of Dennis Sheedy, the mansion's original owner. A telephone ringing sound invites users to pick up the receiver and listen to a randomly chosen diary excerpt as an animated waveform display and synchronized LEDs accompany the digital voice. A brief demostration is available on my Vimeo channel.Artwork, Arduino, Processing
I've collaborated with the Center for Statistics and Visualization at the University of Denver on the development of numerous projects. Particular examples include:
• The Human Trafficking Flow Map. I assisted with the visual design and responsive content layout (Bootstrap).Data visualization, Web development, Content development
In my work at both the University of Denver and the University of Wisconsin - Madison, I've worked with faculty and staff to create short animated videos used for course content or service promotion, mostly produced using PowToon and VideoScribe. Some examples include:
• Introduction video for the P4E STEM program - University of Denver
• Tutoring Session Preparedness - Learning Effectiveness Program, University of Denver
• The Cardiovascular System: Part 1 - lecture example for courses in the Sport Coaching MA Program, University of Denver
• Excerpt from Finanicial Life Skills course lecture - School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin - MadisonVideo production, Content development
Documentation and examples of various smaller creative coding projects and experiments are included on my blog.Artwork, p5.js, Processing, Arduino
Taken by hundreds of UW-Madison students, this blended course teaches personal financial awareness and money management skills. As the lead designer, I provided instructional design guidance to faculty, produced lecture videos, audio segments and image content, and developed the course site (offered via the campus Desire2Learn LMS). Being a timetable course, the site is not available for public viewing, but you can read more details about the course here. An animated lecture excerpt is also available for viewing here.Instructional design, Web development, Content development
This online training was developed for Wisconsin K-12 teachers who work with students living in out-of-home care situations. As the project manager and lead designer, I collaborated with subject matter experts on the design, organization, and online presentation approach for content, developed the site using the Bootstrap framework, and produced the audio and interactive content (data charts and timelines). This training is currently not available for general public viewing on the WCWPDS website; however, a prototype review version can be viewed here.Instructional design, Web development, Content development
Offered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, these courses have been taken by thousands of students worldwide. As part of a course development team, I worked with faculty and other instructional designers to produce appropriate online activities, create course pages and content assets, and implement instructional functions and features within the Coursera delivery platform. Specific courses I've worked on include "Human Evolution: Past and Future", "Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region", and "Energy and the Earth".Instructional design, Content development
I developed this application in 2009 to provide users of the Desire2Learn learning management system a tool that simplifies the process of creating online quizzes. The tool converts question & answer text from existing written quizzes or exams into a specialized CSV file that can be directly imported into the question library of a D2L course site. It runs as a standalone utility using Adobe AIR, and was developed using ActionScript and Flash Builder. I also authored all of the documentation.
Although I am no longer actively developing or supporting the tool, the source code and AIR installation file can be downloaded here. It's been used by many faculty and instructional support staff in the University of Wisconsin system and at numerous institutions throughout the U.S. and Canada. Shortly after its release, the tool was also featured in the D2L corporate newsletter.Application development, ActionScript
In previous years, I worked with Flash and ActionScript 3 to create a variety of tools, games and visual experiments. Some particular examples:
• A Screening Test interactive calculator - a tool developed for a graduate-level Introduction to Epidemiology course in the University of Wisconsin Department of Population Health Sciences that demonstrates the relationships between factors for calculating reliability and validity in disease screening tests. The definitions that appear for the clickable terms are dynamically created from XML file content, so the instructor can easily customize that text without editing any code of the actual Flash object.
• A music notation training game - created as a “proof-of-concept” interactive audio instrument and instructional game for my personal Flash and ActionScript learning purposes.Development, Design, Flash, ActionScript
I've developed a number of "animated ambient" LED light displays powered by both Arduino microcontrollers and Raspberry Pi computers. My pieces have been exhibited at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the central public library building in Madison, WI. I've also created custom pieces for private collectors. I use Processing to explore and develop animation sketches and patterns used in the final pieces. Influences for these works include the artists James Turrell, Olafur Eliasson, and Leo Villareal.Artwork, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Processing
In 2015 before moving to Denver, I played drums in the Madison-based bpmTrio, a jazz trio that played modern originals and new takes on standards, incorporating elements of rock, funk and electronica.Music, Performance
Active between 2012-13, Cloudform was an instrumental "post-rock" duo project with long-term musical collaborator Peter Bajzek on touch guitar. In addition to playing drums, percussion and electronics, I composed three of the pieces (tracks 2, 3 & 5) featured on our self-recorded EP, available via Bandcamp.Music, Performance, Composition