Special thanks to everyone who participated in FocusOn Learning 2017. You helped make this the best year yet!
FocusOn Learning 2017 Advisory Group
The FocusOn Learning Advisory Group has been a valued partner in building this year’s conference. We thank each of the board members for their contributions to this year’s event.
Production Director, HapYak Interactive Video
Cass Sapir, a production director at HapYak Interactive Video, is an Emmy-nominated educational documentary producer, videographer, and entrepreneur. At NOVA/WGBH Cass was responsible for multiple phases of production including concept development, story research, national and international production planning, and management and science writing. Cass was the lead researcher and coordinating producer for numerous NOVA documentaries including The Fabric of the Cosmos, The Big Energy Gamble, and NOVA scienceNOW: How Smart Are Animals? Cass currently leads all in-house video production for HapYak Interactive Video where he advises numerous corporate, higher education, and other large organizations in developing and executing an interactive-video strategy.
eLearning Design Program Manager, The Hospital for Sick Children
Ken Murray is an eLearning design program manager at the Hospital for Sick Children. With over 15 years of experience with interaction design, he aims to help educators achieve new degrees of learning by instructing them on best practices in eLearning design. Ken’s goal is to promote interaction design as a craft, which can maximize impact on individual, team, and business performance. He is passionate about human-centered design and technology and leveraging both to simplify the way people live, work, and learn. Ken strives to push the envelope at the intersection of design and technology to create more effective, engaging user experiences.
President and Chief Product Officer, Bottom-Line Performance
Sharon Boller is president and chief product officer of Bottom-Line Performance (BLP), a learning-solutions firm she founded in 1995. Sharon has grown BLP from a single-woman sole proprietorship to a $3 million+ company with 30 team members. Under her direction, BLP created the Knowledge Guru learning game platform, a platform that has received numerous industry awards, including the coveted Brandon Hall Gold award for best innovation in gaming and technology (2014). Sharon co-teaches Guild Academy’s Game Design live online course.
Learning Architect & CEO, Sealworks Interactive Studios
Nick Floro is the president of Sealworks Interactive Studios. Nick has over 23 years of experience developing eLearning solutions, applications, and web platforms. He has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies to help them understand the technology and develop innovative solutions to help their teams and customer base. Nick has won several awards from Apple and Fortune 500 organizations for productions and services. He is passionate about how design and technology can enhance learning and loves to share his knowledge and experience to teach, inspire, and motivate participants.
Director of Client Relations, Float
Scott McCormick, a founder and director of client relations at Float, has a three-decade history in training and enterprise mobility efforts for Fortune 500 companies. Scott helps companies embrace and implement new mobile strategies and technologies. He is a contributor to the book Mastering Mobile Learning (Wiley, 2016) and recently co-authored a white paper on mobile performance support for Float. He is also the editor of the news site Emergent Enterprise. Scott currently oversees client relationships and is also instrumental in building new business and contributing to the thought leadership efforts for Float.
Senior eLearning Instructional Designer, NorthShore University HealthSystem
Sarah Dlouhy is a senior eLearning instructional designer at NorthShore University HealthSystem. With a degree in video production, Sarah has extensive creative experience that ranges from writing to performing, theater production, and improvisation. She applies her experience, along with over seven years of eLearning and project management skills, to developing eLearning. Sarah was a key contributor in developing training that was awarded a gold medal from the Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Learning Awards for best use of video for learning and best custom content.
Learning Specialist, Michael Garron Hospital
Sarah Dewar, a learning specialist at Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General Hospital), has been educating health care workers for over 15 years. Since 2006, Sarah’s focus has been on eLearning. She designs, develops, and implements eLearning for her hospital, as well as for 10 community partners, and administers the LMS. At last count, there were almost 6,000 learners using the shared LMS. Lately, Sarah has been focusing more on video and game development. Sarah recently won the People’s Choice award at the eLearning Alliance of Canadian Hospitals’ annual conference for her innovative gaming and interactive-map solution for orienting new staff.
President, Designing Digitally
Andrew Hughes is the president of Designing Digitally. He founded the company in 2001 and has over a decade of experience implementing enterprise learning solutions for Fortune 500 clients. Andrew is also a professor at the University of Cincinnati, and he has been a consultant for the Ohio Board of Regents and the US Department of Education’s Office of Innovation, where he helped to develop groundbreaking learning spaces for the K-12 sector. Andrew was recently named one of the top 100 influencers in the eLearning industry by ELearning Magazine.
Instructional Systems Designer II, Alaska Airlines
Jennifer Sovey is an instructional systems designer at Alaska Airlines, where she designs classroom and mobile learning courses for 4,000 flight attendants from six different bases, manages the probationary audit program, and even draws aviation-themed cartoons for the company website. She focuses on providing an engaging user experience to remove the barriers to technology. Jennifer started her career with Alaska as a flight attendant and has also worked as a content developer, supervisor, and later an instructional systems designer II for inflight training. She is a skilled developer in Articulate and Lectora, an LMS/web administrator, an illustrator, and an animator.