Garima Gupta, BEngg, ASTD

garima@laughing-flowers.com | linkedIn: ca.linkedin.com/in/garimako | Toronto

Instructional Design & e-Learning

A results driven, high impact professional with over 8 years of very successful experience in strategic planning and leading teams through conception, design and implementation of effective models of training. I excel in creating learning experiences through eLearning, adopting latest developments in Information Technology for organizations with global operations.

Professional Experience

  • Identification of training needs to meet business goals, and strategic approach to maximize eLearning adoption.
  • Lead team through Design and implementation to build eLearning course content and solutions for agile organizations.
  • Work with business, technology teams, external content providers, subject matter experts, freelancers and management in designing material that meets the goals of various stakeholders.
  • Lead team for continuous improvement of LMS systems, content and capabilities in line with emerging business needs and to tap new technology platforms.
  • Deliver online, inclass and live trainings to workforce/ franchises.
  • A thought leader in eLearning Models, Tools and Methods with active online presence contributing to leading Learning & Training journals.
  • Developed e-learning programs for international Digital Marketing Franchisees in 80 countries
  • Self-motivated person with desire to excel, strong in leading change, people management and talent building.

Core Competencies include:

  • Strategic planning to integrate organizational goals and vision into learning solutions.
  • Leading and collaborating team members of varied capabilities to manage learning project delivery – in time and above expectations.
  • Forging close working relationships and deep trust with service providers, SMEs, management and Learners.
  • Creating engaging online curriculum, blended learning and interactive content design from conception stage.
  • Supporting Moodle users and system, and exploring future enhancements and best possible use of LMS capabilities.
  • Expert knowledge and application of adult learning principles.
  • Strong technical foundations, expert knowledge of rapid eLearning authoring tools, various LMSs and web technologies.
  • Have the untiring get-going attitude for challenging tasks
  • E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate from ASTD (American Society for Training & Development)

Skills:

  • E-Learning Tools: Adobe Captivate, Camtasia, Articulate Storyline, Illustrator, Snagit, GoToWebinar, WebEx.
  • LMS: Moodle, WPlms, Desire2Learn, Blackboard.
  • Digital Marketing: Social, Mobile, Site, and Search technologies.
  • Technologies: HTML, CSS. PHP

Publications:

Education:

  • E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate from ASTD (American Society for Training & Development)
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunications, India.

Experience:

E-learning/ Training Specialist at

2013 – Present  Mississauga, ON

Led team members and collaborated with external resources to formulate, recommend, and execute on specific learning and performance development plans for global WSI franchisees. This included assessing, designing, developing and implementing learning solutions, from inception through to business impact, to support the cultivation of required skills within WSI.

Responsible for strategic planning, resource creation, live training and constant interactions with trainees. Responsible for assessing, planning, developing, and implementing the training solutions for global digital marketing audience, and for ensuring the effectiveness of WSI’s training programs in general. Primary Administrator of WSI’s Learning Center based on Moodle.

Point person for any Moodle related non-technical issues, version upgrade, reporting and use of capabilities such as News Forum, advanced SCORM interactions, badges, user management etc. Content management and Content creation for online digital marketing courses. Continuous communication, on-site training and ongoing support to course users and new franchisees. Using Adobe Captivate, Illustrator and Camtasia on Moodle environment to create interactive and engrossing educational programs.

Achievements:

  • Chief strategist for effective use of eLearning in the organization.
  • Redesigned, implemented and managed e-learning courses for new and experience Internet Consultants on Moodle.
  • Primary corporate administrator for Moodle – working with Moodle developers to ensure the learning management system meets and exceeds user needs.
  • Developed AdaptiveSEO, Landing Page Optimization, Paid Search Fundamentals Courses and Advanced Internet Marketing Professional Certification for experienced professionals.
  • Conceptualized, drafted, developed and led team implementation of a 40 lesson Initial Training Curriculum designed for new digital marketing consultants.
  • Spearheaded the streamlining of inter-department new franchise onboarding process.

Freelance Content Creator at Various websites and newspapers
2001 – 2013 . online

Worked freelance for educational and content websites (makemegenius.com, Times Of Oman, Times Of India, boloji.com, NIIT) to create storyboards, educational videos, articles, technical guides etc. My work as a freelancer exposed me to various writing styles and different content needs of each organization.

Instructor at Cambridge Academy Mississauga
2011 – 2013  Mississauga, ON

Creating lesson plans, conducting class lectures and planning formative and summative assessments on a variety of subjects.

Faculty at Pathways International School.
2010  – 2011, New Delhi

Spearheaded curriculum development for an International elementary school, with resource planning, creation and execution for an international audience.

Software Research Engineer,
1997 – 2000, New Delhi

Developed and debugged code and technical guides. Worked in C, C++ and Java on Unix and Windows environment to create software solutions for Indian telecom giant.