Hi, I'm Sean Aikins
& I really E-Learning and Instructional Design
I am a highly-skilled Instructional Designer with a passion for developing creative, effective, and engaging learning experiences.
I possess nearly five years of experience in designing and developing self-paced e-Learning modules, web-based and instructor-led classroom training, certification curricula, job aids, study guides, and knowledge assessments. Also, I am currently focused on adding m-Learning and gamification techniques to my repertoire.
Additionally, I am an accomplished graphic designer, photographer, technical trainer, and IT professional; all of which complement my core instructional design skills.
A Taste of What I Can Do…
Graphic Designs & Photography
Indiana at 200
It’s an honor to have two of my photographs published in M.T. Publishing Company’s Indiana at 200: A Celebration of the Hoosier State.
One of the photos, a collaborative effort between Bryan Wolfe and I, is featured on the front cover of the book. It is the selectively-toned black & white photo of an Indiana Railroad engine and its cargo running alongside the snow-covered Lake Lemon.
Additionally, my name can be found on a list of contributors on their website.
E-Learning Specialist - October 2014 - June 2015
I worked alongside a team of instructional designers, multimedia developers, and subject matter experts (SMEs) to design, develop, and deliver self-guided e-Learning solutions for PureCloud customers. The team was also responsible for a complete redesign of the instructor and student manuals for 19 Instructor-led classroom and web-based courses.
Spearheaded a curriculum redesign that replaced 1000+ page printed course manuals made in FrameMaker with condensed, full color, interactive PDFs created with InDesign. This eliminated the need for 36 reams of paper per class as well as the cost of toner and printer maintenance.
Researched, evaluated, and recommended necessary upgrades and replacements to the current set of authoring tools to allow transition into creating e-learning courses.
Developed and maintained blended learning courses that included interactive e-learning modules and demonstration videos using Articulate Storyline 2 and Captivate, Instructor and Student course manuals using InDesign, and job aids using Adobe Photoshop.
Created a wide range of graphics including complex diagrams, UI elements, instructional callouts, and stock images. Also created outlines, scenarios, storyboards, documentation, and voice-over scripts for video demonstrations and animated lessons.
Conducted needs assessments with project managers and subject matter experts (SMEs).
Conducted regular peer reviews with co-workers to identify and correct qualitative issues as well as suggest clarifications to overly technical information.
Instructional Designer - October 2012 - October 2014
My title and duties changed from Instructional Designer to eLearning Specialist in October of 2014.
Training Consultant - October 2010 - October 2012
My title and duties changed from Training Consultant to Instructional Designer in October of 2012.
IT Instructor and Systems Administrator - September 2008 - October 2010
I was hired on as a IT Instructor and my daily responsibilities included mentoring over one-hundred students at any given time who were enrolled in the school’s IT curriculum. A few months later, the role of Systems Administrator was added-on and I became responsible for supporting the school’s technology infrastructure which included all of the computers, printers, hardware and software.
Developed learning aids for students to assist them with difficult topics
Designed, developed, and delivered specialized certification classes at military installations including Grissom Air Force Base and Crane Navel Base.
Supported over 75 computers used for labs, exam testing, and faculty as well as five printers, four servers, and a SonicWall Router.
Managed the network’s DHCP scopes, Group Policies, Login Scripts, Roaming User Profiles, Print Services, Backups, Active Directory Users and Computer accounts, Permissions, and Administrative Shares
Migrated the entire facility to Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 from Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows XP.
Provided application support for Symantec Endpoint, Office 2003/2007 (Word, Excel, Outlook & Powerpoint), Microsoft Virtual PC, Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 7, and custom web-based CRM and reporting software.