My name is William Weber. I am Instructional Designer and Technologist with nine-years experience. Since October 2015, I’ve been University of Wisconsin Colleges Online. Previously, I was at Montana State University Billings — first as an Instructional Technologist and more recently as an Instructional Designer. I received my Masters’ Degree in Educational Technology from MSUB in August 2010. In December of 2013, I finished a 12-credit Graduate-level certificate program in College Teaching at Montana State University.
I’ve worked with instructors to bring both pedagogical changes and technology into their face-to-face and online courses. For example, I’ve helped instructors increase their sense of presence in their online courses by the use of TechSmith Relay to make brief introductory videos. I’ve also worked with instructors to implement synchronous experiences in their online courses using Cisco WebEx and Blackboard Collaborate.
I co-developed an online, introductory-level professional development course for faculty. This course concentrated on online teaching and learning. It has been beneficial for both new and experienced instructors. I’ve conducted workshops and training sessions for instructors and I’ve helped them, migrate, troubleshoot, design, and maintain their online courses. After being at MSU Billings for two months, I found myself in the position of training-lead for the campus’s migration from eCollege to Desire2Learn. Even though migrations can be rough, I had an excellent reputation with the instructors at MSUB.
I’ve worked with instructors to integrate online activities into their face-to-face environments as well. Also in the face-to-face environment, I’ve worked with instructors to integrate clickers along with interactive whiteboards. I’ve also conducted training on how to teach in technology-enabled active learning environments.
I have also worked with non-instructional staff. In my current position, I’ve been a member of various working groups with other instructional design stuff, student affairs, and administration. At MSUB, I’ve worked with the Advising department on implementing WebEx to advise online students. I’ve done presentations for their SOS/TRIO program on being an online student. A project I worked on was an implementation of Ellucian Course Signals early-alert system. For that project, I was involved with both the technical and functional teams consisting of individuals from IT departments at two institutions, instructors, and staff in Student Services.
I have also been an instructor, teaching in an Online Teaching Technologies program. Courses I’ve taught cover technology integration, the creation of instructional materials, and assessment.
Although not officially a part of my job description, I also supported a campus IT Help Desk when it could use my skill set. I mostly handled web development, Adobe Dreamweaver, and Apple-product-related issues. Additionally, I worked IT Support for a critical-access hospital for 14 months.