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Marj Ashcraft

Consultant, Instructional Design
Transforming Leaders, LLC
318 Dixie Drive, Towson, Maryland 21204
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Education
bullet Trained QM Peer Reviewer, 2005
bullet M.S., Human Resources Development, Towson University, 1999
 spacerWebCT experienced; emphasis in adult learning, training/development and career/life planning skills
bullet Completed Post-Graduate Certificate Program, Secondary Education, Social Sciences, Towson
 spacerUniversity, 1978
bullet Graduate Study in History, University of Delaware, 1976
bullet B.A., History, Towson State College, 1976
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Background
Partner and Instructional Designer/Trainer, Transforming Leaders, LLC 2005 – Present
November 2005 to present – Serving as an instructional design consultant in our firm’s contract with Villa Julie College to advise and assist in developing their Graduate Program in Forensics Studies online, helping meet criteria for Middle States Accreditation (granted April 2006) and Quality Matters™ [QM] standards.

Faculty Peer Review Rubric National Study Team Member 2002-04

One of four online educators in a virtual team, co-initiated and coordinated a national Delphi study demonstrating the value of a faculty peer review rubric in effectively assessing online courses. Originally funded through the University Systems of Maryland's Web-Initiative-in-Teaching (WIT) project, study results demonstrated the rubric's success and included recommendations for use as an effective front-end course design tool. Presented rubric as front-end design tool at March 2004 MDLA conference.

Adjunct Instructor, Towson University 2000-05

Taught web and hybrid graduate courses in Team Building and Professional Development for the
Human Resources Development
Graduate Program using Blackboard versions 5 & 6. Emphasis on constructivist (student-directed) and transformational learning underscored by “hi-tech, hi-touch” interaction among students and instructor. Tools/strategies include use of peer reviews; directed discussion; student seminars and projects, professional portfolios, and research at individual, group and class levels. In 2001, co-authored online training modules with Joan D. McMahon for FOTTC on the topics of (A.8) Your Role as Instructor and (B.5) Course Management Strategies for faculty teaching online (2001).

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Instructor, Baltimore County Adult Education, 1993-96

Baltimore International College, 1994-96

Towson University Elderhostel, 1992-95
Co-designed and co-taught courses about local history and perspectives for diverse demographic population (i.e., educational, geographical, physical abilities, etc.). Created various educational materials in different media as well as on- and off-site activities and presentations.

Senior Underwriter/Supervisor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland 1980-88
Responsibilities included:
spacerbullet Managed corporate tracking project for all group business; designed/implemented training
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spacerbullet On my own initiative, designed and executed departmental cross-training program. Following
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spacerbullet On my own initiative, created online PC tutorial for Employee Retirement Income Security Act
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spacerbullet Served as member of Field Underwriting Task Force, training sales force throughout Maryland
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