For anyone who may be curious here’s a little background about who I am and I how I got to be this way. 8-D

Mike Taylor photoI’ve always had some involvement in technology starting as an undergrad at Miami University (Ohio) where I majored in Decision Science and minored in MIS. If you are like most people you are probably wondering … “What in the world is Decision Science?”. Well, according to the department website it “…prepares students to make informed business decisions by using computer-implemented, quantitative methods to solve business problems. Students develop analytical and communication skills and obtain in-depth training in applied statistical analysis, management science, process improvement methodology, and computer implementation of these techniques.

After graduation I worked for Horizon Telcom first as a programmer, but only briefly. Then as a financial analyst, management consultant and finally general manager of their ISP business. During this span I went back to school and got my MBA from Ohio University. After 7+ years there I felt that it was time to make a change and I moved into the field of learning by taking a job (and a huge pay cut) as an instructor in and Adult Education program at a vocational school.

From there I quickly moved into (up to?) application software training which led to my start in designing and developing training materials and ultimately to working with elearning and the many other forms of learning.

Professionally, I am a “Learning Development Consultant” at American Electric Power (AEP) in Columbus, Ohio. Some of the things I do include designing and developing learning materials (courses, job aids, assessments, etc.) and just about anything else that can be even remotely related to learning. One big example of this miscellaneous other stuff includes implementing and managing our LMS. When I’m not working I like to run (trail running), read, travel and hang out with my family — not necessarily in that order. Ideally we all do those things, and more, together as much as possible.

I grew up in Chillicothe, Ohio; have gone to school at Miami, Ohio University and now San Diego State. (You might say that I’m a “serial learner”.)

My online foot prints includes my LinkedIn profile, personal blog, shared Del.icio.us links, photos and family photos.

Check out my LinkedIn profile for a look at my resume information.


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