I am a project manager and instructional systems specialist for the Little Rock Employee Education Resource Center of the Employee Education System for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
These writings are mine. Not the VA, not EES, mine.
Project Manager/Instructional Systems Specialist
Instructional Systems Specialist
Little Rock Employee Education Resource Center (138E)
Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
2200 Ft. Roots Drive, Bldg. 11
North Little Rock, AR 72114-1709
VA Email John.Adams3@va.gov
Project Manager, Instructional designer and technologist with ten years of experience in a variety of
educational and instructional research capacities. Proven capabilities are applicable in
several areas, including Instructional Design, Distance Learning, Instructional Technology, Handheld Instructional Technology, Electronic Portfolios, and Computer Based Instruction.
Instructional Systems Specialist / Project Manager
Little Rock Employee Education Resource Center
(May 2006 - Present)
Instructional Designer and Project manager specializing in courses in areas of hospital engineering, hospital safety, occupational health, emergency Management environmental management, and facilities management
* Led efforts to create a library of state of the art world class occupational safety and health training which is available to the over 200K employees within our agency.
* Manage projects for Hospital Safety training at a greater than 97 percent student implementation rate
* Collaborate with colleagues to investigate and lead the EES efforts into implementing podcasting as an instructional medium
* Created departmental budgets in collaboration with colleagues totaling $1.5 million in proposed training
* Led course sharing effort between local EERC and other Federal Agencies responsible for $9 million worth of documented cost avoidance
* Develop education programs using a variety of modalities such as face to face programs, live meeting, video, and satellite broadcast. Utilize instructional design principles in the development of these projects.
• Develop project outcome objectives, at minimum, at the Level 3 (application).
• Develop education projects that conform to accreditation requirements and ensure that all accreditation requirements are met.
• Develop education project plans, project resource requirements, including budget as well as other resource requirements.
• Implement project plans to ensure completion on time and within resources.
• Completed Entry Level FAC-P/PM Project Manager Certification and currently enrolled in Mid Level FAC-P/PM Project Manager Program.
• Identify most appropriate modality to use given the learning gap and target audience needs.
• Implemented the use of mixed modalities e.g. face to face program combined with satellite broadcast.
• Develop statements of work for solicitations for contracts that are needed to complete education projects. Serve as the COTR on assigned project contracts. Perform technical evaluation of offers for awarding of contracts.
• Complete the full range of responsibilities in instruction design including assessment, design, development, implementation and evaluation.
• Develop evaluation strategies including higher level evaluations to document outcomes of education programs.
• Work with high level Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Clients to develop learning solutions that address employee and organizational performance. Complete needs assessments, review VHA strategic plans and transformation initiative plans to identify learning needs associated with these priorities and initiatives.
• Serve on planning committees with VHA clients.
• Serve as the education expert to advise clients on appropriate learning solutions.
• Review project evaluation data to determine the quality of the projects and for improvements that are needed in the future.
• Participate on a variety of special work groups, committees, and improvement teams. Serve as project lead for a variety of special projects in our center.
• Developed a new after action review process to implement for our center projects.
• Continuously learn new methods of education design and delivery utilizing the most current methodologies and modalities.
• Work with VA LMS (Learning Management System) staff to post programs in our VA LMS
• Work with high level VHA officials as well as program participants to ensure high level customer satisfaction. Proactively plan for customer needs and resolve customer concerns as quickly as possible.
Distance Learning Coordinator
TriDistrict Learning Cooperative
(September 2005-May 2006).
* Coordinate distance learning courses for three metropolitan school districts (Little Rock, Pulaski County and North Little Rock
* Supervise installation of compressed interactive video equipment in each district
* Interact with distance learning coordinators from other cooperatves
* Schedule and facilitiate professional development sessions
* Plan and organize web based professional development sessions
Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology, Curriculum and Instruction, Arkansas
Tech University, Russellville, AR (August 1999 to September 2005).
* Teach Courses in Instructional Technology and Instructional Design
* Coordinate Instructional Technology Efforts for School of Education
* Assist Faculty Members In Implementation of Instructional Technology Efforts
* Designed New Courses for Face to Face and Online use for Blackboard Instruction
* Provided Numerous Professional Development courses for School Districts
* Teach Courses in Flash, Authorware, Dreamweaver, Coursebuilder on a regularly
* Palm Education Training Coordinator
* Coordinated Information Security and Virus Education efforts
* Create web sites and pages for mobile and handhelds
Teaching Assistant, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, University of Kentucky,
Lexington, KY (August, 1994 – August 1999)
s Teach Courses in Instructional Technology as a Graduate Assistant with full
responsibility for Grading
News Director, WFKY/ WKYW, Frankfort, KY, (October, 1993 – August 1994)
§ Full Responsibility for News Coverage for AM and PM broadcasts
Engineering Assistant, Johnson Controls, Georgetown, KY (October, 1992 – October,
§ Established and maintained databases of engineering drawings for production
work on Toyota pickup seat prototypes
Teaching Assistant, Purdue University Department of Communication
West Lafayette, IN (August, 1990 – May 1992)
§ Teaching Assistant with full responsibility for grading in courses in
Introduction to Journalistic Writing, Interviewing, Basic Speech
University of Kentucky, ABD in Instructional Systems Design, Department of Curriculum and
Purdue University, Master of Arts in Mass Communications, Department of Communication,
School of Liberal Arts, July, 1992
University of Central Arkansas, Bachelor of Sciences, Conway, Arkansas, 1983.
* Proficient in SPSS, MS Office, Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Coursebuilder,
Authorware, HTML, Palms, Handheld Technology; additional experience with
Perfect, and several other graphics and text editing software packages.
* Knowledgeable in DOS (IBM PC), Windows (95/98 and NT), Macintosh, and
UNIX (Sun OS), and VMS (VAX mainframe) operating systems.
* Palm Education Training Coordinator.
24 Refereed and Invited Presentations
Adams, S. “Implementation of Electronic Portfolios with Student Interns.” Association
for Educational Communications and Technology. Chicago, IL. October, 2004. Refereed
Adams, S. “What to do with Handheld Computers.” Association for Educational
Communications and Technology Professional Development Institute and Conference.
Denton, TX. June 2004. Invited Presentations.
Adams, S. “Handheld Technology: Bring your Palms and your Questions.” Arkansas
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. June, 2004. Invited
Adams, S. “Data management of electronic portfolios.” Taskstream collaboration
exchange. 2004 American Association of Colleges of Teachers of Education Conference.
Chicago, IL. Invited Presentation.
Adams, S. “The Future of Handheld Instructional Technology.” The Changing Face of
Instruction using Handheld Computers Conference. Beiks County School District, PA.
December, 2003. Invited Presentation.
Adams, S. “The Effects of Cooperative and Collaborative Learning Environments on
Student Learning of Instructional Planning in a Web-Based Instructional Format.
Refereed Presentation. Association for Educational Communications and Technology.
Atlanta, GA. November, 2001. Refereed Presentation.
Adams, S. “Computers, cooperative learning and training strategies.” American
Educational Research Association. April 2000. New Orleans, LA. Refereed Presentation.
Participant – Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant Seminar, September 2000, Fairfield
Trained in Praxis II Observation Methods
Trained NCATE AECT Portfolio Reviewer
Certified as a Palm Education Training Coordinator (First person in Arkansas to be
Completed Electronic Learning Environment Technology Institute – July 2000
2003 Technology Leader of the Year - Arkansas Association of Instructional Media
Sole University Partner of Scantron and Classroom Wizard.
Consulted with various groups on Palm implementation on Handheld Instructional Technology
Technology Coordinator for Annual Conference of Arkansas Association of Instructional
Media 2002-2003. Fort Smith, AR and Little Rock AR. April 2002 and 2003.
Member State of Arkansas Electronic Chief Information Officer’s Office Security
Working Group – 2003 – Present
- Association for Educational Communications and Technology
- International Society for Performance Improvement
- American Society of Safety Engineers
- American Society for Hospital Engineering