Resume

TARA LIFLAND
Washington D.C. Metro Area
763-486-8269 taralifland@gmail.com
https://taralifsite.wordpress.com/

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • Extensive knowledge of e-learning pedagogy and emerging technologies in online education
  • Creative and kind professional with unique interpersonal communications skills allowing me to interact with diverse audiences
  • Passionate innovator project managing course development cycle from beginning through completion

WORK EXPERIENCE

The George Washington University, eDesign Shop, Washington DC        May 2016-Present  Instructional Designer

  • Established GWU’s first Open Textbook Initiative educating faculty on the tenants of openness.
  • Produced 15 courses (to date) working one-on-one with faculty members to engage students online through various innovative delivery techniques, and helping them to overcome a pedagogical shift to online learning.
  • Applied APPQMR training to the design and evaluation of GW Online courses to ensure student engagement and accessibility.

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology, Washington DC  May 2016-August 2016  Summer Intern

  • Collaborated with stakeholders at the Department to assemble the country’s first comprehensive guide to implementing openly licensed educational resources
  • Organized workflow for talking points by creating Google Drive procedural system, allowing easy searchable access for leaders at the Department to speak about tech policies.

The Saylor Foundation, Washington DC                                                    April 2016-July 2016  Strategic Relations Project Assistant

  • Responsible for developing, managing, and facilitating all coursework on iTunes University platform
  • Find resourceful partnerships for Saylor Academy through meaningful open education policy work

Whiteboard Advisors, Washington DC                                                   January 2016 – April 2016  Communications/Policy Intern

  • Prepared weekly newsletter for education advocates providing latest education news on state and federal level
  • Formed relationships with potential instructional design clients in order to secure quality partnerships
  • Conducted in-depth research on education policy trends to ensure clients follow privacy legislation

Adobe Systems, Inc., Washington DC                                           September 2015 – January 2016   Government Relations Intern

  • Coordinated Adobe government relation’s outreach via social media in order to inform the general public on our key policy issues
  • Utilized Adobe Experience Manager to prepare a complete redesign of the Adobe Government Relations Website
  • Networked with key policymakers and promoted Adobe’s technology initiatives to leverage support

EDUCATION

The George Washington University (GWU), Washington, DC                                     May 2016

  • Received a Masters of Arts from the Graduate School of Education and Human Development
  • Studied Educational Leadership & Technology

Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel                                                                           May 2015

  • Received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Government Studies
  • Honor Roll
  • Elected speaker for end of year presentation of final projects

Awards & Associations

  • UPCEA eDesign Collaborative- Vice Chair of Social Media                              March 2016
  • 2016 Bruce Chaloux OLCAccelerate Scholarship Recipient                          September 2016
  • xPrize Adult Literacy Team Instructional Coach                                             October 2016
  • OER Research Fellow                                                                                            2017-2018
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