Hal Medrano Instructional Design Consultant
Hal Medrano
222 Fisk Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Instructional Design Consultant

I was born in Brooklyn, NY and attended New York City's High School of Music and Art, where I studied fine arts and illustration. After receiving a B.A. in Liberal Arts from the Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA), I spent several years traveling the world and teaching English as a Second Language until one day, high in the Himalayas, I received the call to become a digital media guru (this is true).

I returned to the U.S. in 1996 to study Web Authoring and Computer Graphics and Animation at a Seattle-area community college. From 1998-2000 I worked for US West/Qwest Communications as a multimedia designer and developer. From 1999 to 2002 I worked as an adjunct instructor in Bellevue Community College's Media Communication & Technology program, and from 2001-2004 as a Macromedia-authorized Flash Instructor for MediaPro, Inc., Macromedia's only authorized training representative in the northwest.

In the summer of 2003 I moved to central Pennsylvania with my ex-wife Melea, so she could pursue a Ph.D. in Marketing at Penn State University. I then decided to get my master's degree from Penn State's Instructional Systems program. While in State College, I taught at the South Hills School of Business and Technology (classes included Web Design I, Web Programming II, Unix Essentials), where I also helped to design strategy and curricula for distance-education. After two years of living in State College, I bought a house in Pittsburgh(!), which is where I now live.

Currently, I work as an instructional design consultant for several clients, including Kaplan, Inc., developing instructional strategy and materials for (mostly) web-based training environments. I also continue to freelance my programming and graphic design skills, in addition to writing and editing original English language test materials for several international publishing companies.

Summary of Skills
  • Results-oriented Instructional Designer with more than 15 years’ experience teaching and designing instructional materials, and 10 years experience developing SCORM compliant e-learning solutions for organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to community colleges.
  • Extensive background in adult learning theory and instructional design methodologies; Masters degree in Education, Instructional Systems, Penn State University.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the proven ability to work effectively with business stakeholders, subject matter experts, end-users, and peers.
  • Experience developing instruction for several Web-based learning management systems, including Moodle, Angel, WebCT/Vista, and proprietary corporate intranet systems.
  • Macromedia-certified Flash instructor, designer and developer.
  • Expert-level technical skills in Photoshop, Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS, Javascript, and MS Office programs. Computer literate in Captivate and Windows, Macintosh, and Unix platforms.
Professional Experience

Senior Learning Design Consultant and Instructor                         1999 – Present
Provide freelance instructional design, blended learning development, and platform instruction to Fortune 500 corporations and education institutions. Representative engagements include:

effectPerformance, Inc. Havertown, PA

  • For Corning, Inc., served as Lead Instructional Designer and Flash Developer
    • Five module e-learning course for training job recruiters to work with Corning HR software and job recruitment processes.
    • e-learning course for training department managers in job retention strategies.
    • Eight module Leadership Development curriculum.
  • For effectPerformance, Inc., served as Lead Instructional Designer and Flash Developer
    • e-learning course introducing performance analysis to training managers and HR professionals.
    • e-learning course demonstrating effectPerformance’s rapid e-learning development process and tools.
  • Served as Multimedia Developer on e-learning courses for Corning, Inc. and Morgan Stanley.

South Hills School of Business and Technology. State College, PA

  • Instructor in Computer Information Systems program. Developed instructional materials and taught Unix, Web Programming, and Web Design classes.
  • Conducted school-wide needs analysis to determine feasibility of and strategy for developing distance-education curriculum.
  • Created school-wide usability guidelines for Web-based instruction.
  • Trained teachers and students to use school’s Web-based learning management system (Moodle) and Macintosh computer lab.

Kaplan, Inc. New York, NY

  • Instructional designer on two e-learning teacher-training courses for Kaplan English Programs.
  • Consultant helping to develop knowledge-integration strategy for merger between Kaplan English Programs and Aspect Education.
  • Wrote and edited instructional and assessment materials for several Kaplan courses and textbooks preparing adults to take the TOEFL exam.

MediaPro, Inc. Bothell, WA

  • Macromedia-certified Flash instructor. Taught official Flash training courses for Macromedia’s only authorized training representative in the Northwest

Bellevue Community College. Bellevue, WA

  • Instructor in Media Technology program. Developed instructional materials and taught online, blended, and face-to-face classes in several subject areas, including Computer Basics, Web Design, Photoshop, and Media Aesthetics.

Web Multimedia Developer. Quest Communications, Seattle, WA                         1998 - 2000

  • One of two fulltime multimedia developers within the company’s Creative Services division. Worked on dozens of high-end development projects, ranging from Web-based product simulations to a multi-million dollar Intranet-based touch-screen ordering system for Pepsi Center, Denver’s main sports arena.
Other Experience

ESL Assessment Specialist, Author, Instructor, and Editor                         1993 – Present

Sisa-Yong-O-Sa. Seoul, Korea

  • Wrote passages and test questions for subscription-based monthly magazine TOEIC Academy.

Thomson Learning. Belmont, CA

  • Wrote passages and test questions for Thomson Learning’s official guide to taking the TOEFL exam (published in 2007).

Harcourt Assessment, Inc. San Antonio, TX

  • Wrote passages and test questions for the official Michigan, New York, and Washington State standardized ESL exams.

Nexus Books. Seoul, Korea

  • Wrote 24 instructional guides, workbooks, and teacher manuals, preparing adolescent learners to take the TOEIC Bridge exam.

Macmillan Publishing, Inc. Oxford, U.K.

  • Edited and Americanized nine books within Macmillan’s Guided Readers Series for publication in U.S.

American Academy of Language Arts, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, ESL Instructor.

  • Developed instructional materials and taught English language classes to adults.

English Language Schools International, Seoul, Korea, ESL Instructor.

  • Developed instructional materials and taught English language classes to adults.
  • 2006, Penn State University, College of Education , State College, PA
    M.Ed., Instructional Systems
  • 1996 -- 1997, Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, WA
    Major: Computer Animation and Web Design
  • 1994, Seattle University School of TESL, Seattle, WA
    Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • 1985, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
    BA, Liberal Arts
Further Information
For examples of my development and design work, please visit my old website.