Ted Curran

Resume | Ted Curran


Instructional Designer | Learning Experience Designer

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Building delight & rigor into online learning experiences using open web technologies and learner-centered design.

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Skills Summary

Skills Summary

Adapt Learning Designer, Canvas LMS Administrator & Designer, Assessment Strategy, Curriculum Development, Classroom Instruction, Project-Based Learning Design, UI Prototyping, UX Research, HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, WordPress, Sketch 3, HTML5 Animation, Adobe Creative Cloud, Camtasia, Human Communication, Bilingual English/Spanish

Instructional Design Experience

Learning Experience Designer | Autodesk | 2017 – present

  • Designing and developing HTML5 eLearning courses using the Adapt Learning platform, Adobe Creative Suite, and other applications
  • Consulting with internal stakeholders on best practices in course design, assessment, presentation, and live classroom training
  • Founded and leads the Authoring Innovation committee to modernize tools and practices for authoring content
  • Presented at the Online Learning Conference 2018 on open source HTML5 eLearning authoring with Adapt Learning


Senior Instructional Designer | Pearson Learning Solutions | 2014 – 2017

  • Technical and curriculum lead developing self-paced online learning courses
  • Iterated upon a library of 48 self-paced online courses, adding project-based learning to assess critical thinking
  • Led learning management system evaluation, transition, and administration of Canvas LMS
  • Rapid UI/UX product prototyping and testing of eLearning and mobile app experiences
  • Conducted UX research study and planned future product development based on data findings

Instructional Designer | Samuel Merritt University | 2009 – 2014

  • Saved the university $100K/year by advising them in high value, low cost learning technologies
  • Developed and implemented online, on ground, and hybrid training in education technology for university faculty
  • Maintained a front-line help desk, supporting faculty and students’ use of learning technologies
  • Led learning management system evaluation, transition, and administration of Canvas LMS

Classroom Instruction Experience

Teacher — Digital Media Arts & English Language Arts | Envision Schools | 2005 – 2009

  • Designed and implemented project-based curriculum culminating in a portfolio defense in 12th grade
  • Mapped a scaffolded curriculum over multiple grade levels
  • Taught students web development, presentation design, video production, audio engineering, creative writing, academic writing
  • Developed instructional technology solutions for my course and trained colleagues in innovative online learning techniques

Teacher — English Language Arts | Mexican American Community Services Agency | 2003- 2005

  • Taught 11th and 12th grade English Language Arts to a majority English Language Learner population
  • Developed and implemented outcomes-aligned curriculum and assessments
  • Mapped learning outcomes over a 4 year curriculum as English Dept. Chair
  • Served as a college counselor and family support advisor

Substitute Teacher | Santa Barbara Unified School District | 2002- 2003

Substitute Teacher | Bishop Garcia Diego High School | 2002- 2003

Instructional Assistant — Special Day Class | Santa Barbara County Office of Education | 2001–2002

Web and Multimedia Production Experience

Co-Creator, Creative Producer | Picture Yourself in College Mobile App | 2013

  • *Developed an HTML5 mobile app from creation through design and implementation in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of UC Berkeley students and faculty
  • Created user interface (UI) design and user experience (UX) interaction animation mockups for developers to implement
  • Coached students in HTML5 app design and development techniques

Blogger, Education Technology | TedCurran.net | 2009 – present

  • Published over 250 articles on education technology, free online learning applications, and effective online pedagogy
  • Articles reprinted in eCampusNews.com and included in multiple OER education technology courses
  • 3000 – 5000 pageviews monthly

Assistant Video Editor | Paramount Domestic Television | 1999 – 2000

Music Video Department Coordinator | MCA Records | 1999

Wildlife Television Story Researcher | Paramount Domestic Television | 1997 – 1999

Formal Education

Mastery Certificate in Instructional Design

Online Learning Consortium | 2017

Master of Arts in Education, Teaching in Multicultural and Multi-linguistic Contexts

National University | 2008

AVID Certified Video Editor

Los Angeles Mission College | 1999

Bachelor of Arts, Interpersonal Communication

Arizona State University | 1997

Honors and Achievements

2016 — Selected for the IDEO CoLAB Makeathon fellowship

  • Developed a mobile application prototype to support sleep hygiene.
  • Selected for a summer fellowship at IDEO but regretfully had to decline as it conflicted with the birth of our son.
  • Currently in talks to serve in a mentorship role for IDEO’s summer fellowship program.

2013 — Winner of the University of California Learning Mode College Ready Hackathon

  • Presented the winning design for a mobile app to support students in their path to college.
  • The app was selected for production, and I was asked to co-teach a UC Berkeley course on collaborative app design for 15 interdisciplinary students.

2012 — Lectured on Online Learning Design at University of Kochi, Japan

  • Invited to Japan to help them develop their online learning strategy for the Disaster Nursing Global Leadership online PhD. program.
  • Presented to the Japanese Minister of Education and representatives from 12 universities on best practices in online distance learning.

Community Involvement

Volunteer Mentor/ Coach | Youth Business USA | 2015 – present

  • Coaching four young edtech entrepreneurs to develop their business plans and proof-of-concept products
  • Consulting on the development of a tech platform for facilitating mentor/mentee interactions

Volunteer WordPress Webmaster | Oakland Ballet Company, First UU Church of Oakland | 2011 – present

  • Designing and administering WordPress websites for community organizations
  • Training stakeholders in content development, social media strategy
  • Maintaining, securing, and developing sites continuously through an ADDIE model