About Me

My career began through two fellowships in gradudate school; however, at the time I hadn't thought about working with faculty and curriculum after finishing my degree. Yet somehow it stuck—in large part because I love the work that I do with educators and people who support innovative and effective learning. After spending 8 years in Columbia at the University of Missouri, I began working in the same position as a 100% remote employee now from Des Moines, Iowa to be closer to family.

The core skills that I have developed in my career should translate to any organization that is looking for someone to create, coordinate, evaluate, and manage effective educational opportunities:

I have over 11 years experience working with educational materials that range from noncredit modules to college courses to graduate programs designed for working adults. By "working with" I mean creating materials from scratch, evaluating curriculum of all types, consulting with instructors on ways to improve the courses they teach, leading teams in the design and development of courses, and teaching professional development courses.

At Mizzou Online I was the direct manager of a design and development team of 11 members (see "Coordinator of Educational Technology" position). I have also served as a mentor for instructional designers across campus and within our central team at ET@MO in my current role.

I am a creative problem-solver who thrives in ill-defined domains and with challenges where there is no clear path. Finding solutions to these problems tends to require intense collaboration, communication with a wide range of people (from those who enter data to department and unit leaders), and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances.

My strong technical background has been incredibly helpful throughout my career. I tend to be a leader selecting and customizing the technologies that support the core functions of our team. This experience goes back to my first projects as an instructional designer and continues to this day—I just finished designing and implementing a paperless process for managing projects using DocuSign.

Contact Details

Matt Miller
4607 Harwood Drive
Des Moines, IA 50312

(573) 355-1179
mbmiller.matt@gmail.com

Education

Georgetown University

M.A. in English • May 2005

While a full-time graduate student living in Washington, D.C., I was awarded a fellowship and worked with GU faculty and staff at the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship. I studied cultural studies and wrote my thesis on policy and representations of American Indians in musuems.

Iowa State University

B.S. in English • May 2002

At Iowa State, I graduated with honors and distinction and also earned minors in Design Studies and Environmental Studies. I was awarded the annual critical writing award from the English Department in 2001 and also was a member of the ISU mock trial team. In my last semester, I was part of a group that was invited to present a proposal at the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development.

Work

Instructional Designer – Principal

Educational Technologies at Missouri (ET@MO)July 2012 - Present

In 2012, instructional design support at the University of Missouri was consolidated under ET@MO and the Office of the Provost. My current position allows me to serve as a mentor to other designers on campus, pilot new processes for course development, and create faculty development opportunities like the Online Teaching Foundations program. I also do typical beginning-to-end course development with faculty across campus, frequently with graduate programs in departments just beginning to teach online.

Coordinator of Educational Technology

Mizzou OnlineNovember 2008 – July 2012

In 2008 I was promoted to the manager and leader of our 11-member design and development team. As a team we continued to develop self-paced university curriculum with faculty from departments across campus, implemented Moodle as the LMS for Mizzou K-12 Online's semester-based program, and designed a custom web application used by Mizzou students while they were on internships and completing fieldwork.

Instructional Design Specialist

Mizzou OnlineSeptember 2005 – November 2008

When I began working at MU, online courses were only being developed in a few distinct pockets on campus. Mizzou Online worked largely with self-paced courses for undergraduate, graduate, and even high school programs. My position was the only instructional designer in a group of instructional editors and multimedia developers. I developed templates for course websites, helped select appropriate technology for course delivery, and worked with faculty as they developed online courses.

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Contact Details

Matt Miller
4607 Harwood Drive
Des Moines, IA 50312

(573) 355-1179
mbmiller.matt@gmail.com