Management: Supporting Exhibits
Below are selected examples that demonstrate management expertise while employed at NSTA. It was in this position that I migrated from 1 to 15 direct reports as the e-Learning program expanded within NSTA.




 
NSTA e-Learning and Government Partnerships
Resource Management
Attached chart reflects existing organizational reporting structure and delegation of resources and internal talent and responsibilities. When I first arrived at NSTA in May of 2001 full time, I had no direct reports. We have been fortunate to grow our department with the support of our executive leadership, the generous support of foundations and federal agencies, and the outstanding work of our team.






 
NSTA e-Learning and Government Partnerships Position Descriptions and Reorganization
Resource Management
This document provides a detailed description of the roles within the NSTA e-Learning and Government Partnerships Department. It also provides the announcement regarding the recent 2008 reorganization for e-Learning production. As our department grew, critical analysis of talent and skill sets mandated redistribution to maximize our resources to reach our objectives.





  NSTA Learning Center Development
Project Management
This document provides an early working plan and project management document I created that outlined all the areas that needed to be addressed to design, implement and deliver the NSTA Learning Center. It was part of a larger early project planning and design web site.





 
NSTA Learning Center Tools and Grant Development
Project Management
Attached file shows screen snap shots managing the tool development for the NSTA Learning Center, as well as working with external partners in the development and delivery of several grants. Using tools like Microsoft SharePoint, Groove, or BaseCamp are critical to ensure all distributed team members aware of deadlines, respective individual tasks and critical milestones to reach our goals.




  NSTA Webwatcher SciGuide Training
Project Management
Near the completion of the NSF WebWatchers grant, NASA was interested in exploring sharing the SciGuide training with NASA Explorer School Educators. We selected our best "master educators" and provided SciGuide WebWatcher training across several NASA centers over a two day period. This file demonstrates the use of a collaborative project management tool called Groove that allowed us to coordinate our efforts across all NASA centers.



  NSTA Learning Center-Case Statement and HOUSSE Requirements
Information Management
During the early development of the NSTA Learning Center, we developed case statements as part of our grant proposals that assisted in securing funding given the documented need for on-demand e-PD for science teachers. I also did a review of the existing HOUSSE requirements and discovered that NSTA had many opportunities that would assist teachers in demonstrating they were "Highly Qualified".




 
e-PD Plan and Portfolio Analysis
Information Management
Prior to designing our e-PD Plan and Portfolio tool, a critical review of the landscape was necessary from both a feature, functionality and cost perspective. This document provides a single executive overview of the e-PD landscape at the time I began the analysis and design specs for the tool before it was outsourced for production.





 
Advisory Panel NSF National Science Digital Library Grant
Information Management
Given the amount of information and expertise in the digital e-Learning and digital resource space, securing input and feedback from respected colleagues and experts from a diverse field is critical for management and design efforts. This document reflects the feedback garnered from just such a group.







  Implementing and Monitoring Help Desk Systems and Quality Control Site Enhancements
Delivery Systems Management
The attached documents how both the early "Help Desk" system created for SciGuides, which later transformed into the tiered "Help Desk" system for the NSTA Learning Center. With 24-7-365 access to e-Learning, providing a system to support implementation and delivery is a critical feature for systems management.



  Integration of LCMS, LMS and Membership Database Systems
Delivery Systems Management
There was significant effort involved with the integration and optimization of the different systems within NSTA to make the NSTA Learning Center function. This involved our "home grown" LMS that interoperates with our iMIS membership database system, our third-party commercial LCMS, and our e-commerce engine/shopping cart. This involves developing user-case scenarios, integration schematics, and significant coding for authentication, rights and permissions, member/non-member/B2B subscription discounts, and passing of assessment information from the LCMS to the LMS for certification and administrator accountability reports. Attached document showcases some of these early planning efforts I managed and coordinated. IT and Systems Development executed the integration efforts in an outstanding fashion.




 
Selecting the Learning Content Management System for SciPacks and Science Objects
Delivery Systems Management
The attached NSTA LCMS RFP is the original design specification document I drafted after reviewing multiple documents about the differences between LMS, LCMS, and CMS systems. Given what the literature called for with on-demand SCORM Learning Objects, this seemed to "fit" the need for science educators with "just-in-time, just-enough and just-for-me" learning, especially in light of the fact that they have little extra time or money during the school year for professional development. We avoided the CMS "facilitated course" landscape, and now with completed SciPacks, SciGuides, NSTA Journal Articles, and e-Book Chapters, we can "scale-up" to offer formal moderated online "short courses" in partnership with universities. We settled on a product called "Evolution" from Outstart.