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It’s time to Spotlight another one of our LifterLMS Experts. Here’s a quick rundown on Will Middleton. Will specializes in content entry, user testing, and migrations. What a time saver! Once you have your course content ready, Will can enter it into your lessons and quizzes to make the process easier for you. He also offers quality assurance and user testing to make sure the process will be smooth for your students when they take your course. What are your hobbies and interests outside of the internet? When I am not online I spend a lot of time studying entrepreneurship and lifestyle development by listening to podcasts, reading books, and working out. I also love the TV series Silicon Valley and The Office (US Version). 3 words your best friend would use to describe you… Determined, Intelligent, and Strategic What first made you interested in web development or design? I entered the WordPress space about two years ago when I was exploring the different options for building websites. Versatility is one of the most important aspects of a CMS to me, and I believe WordPress is the most flexible platform for different types of websites such as courses, online stores, blogs, information sites, etc. I am interested in trying new things and exploring new avenues for entrepreneurship and that is what got me interested in the infinite possibilities of WordPress. On to some fun stuff…what’s a little-know fact about you? My preference is to sleep during most of the day and be awake at night, because that increases my productivity. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? I don’t eat ice cream very often, but I prefer ice cream sandwiches or sherbet. What part of the world do you live in? I live in Minnesota where it feels like it is cold about nine months out of the year. Famous last words (anything to add)… “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” — Steve Martin
help (verb) definition: make it easier for (someone) to do something by offering one’s services or resources. Sometimes we all need a little help. This is a busy time of year. Actually, let’s get real — it is always a busy time of year. Whether it is the holidays, tax season, back to school, summertime, end of the school year, a birthday, or just life, we are always busy. If you are like me, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and fall into the trap of trying to take on everything yourself…and as a result get very little, or nothing at all, actually done. Here’s a personal example. When I first lived on my own, I loved planning meals. Every Sunday I would sit down and create a healthy, balanced menu for the entire week — breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I would figure out all the ingredients and grocery shop for all of my food for the week at once. This would involve price comparing and going to several different grocery stores. Fast forward to twenty years later. With 2 kids, a job, family, and outside community commitments, my “meal planning” had evolved into something quite different, and less than ideal. It went something like this: “Mom, what’s for dinner?” Me, looking at the clock as I try to finish up a few more emails…”Umm, I’ll figure it out in a few minutes.” [30 minutes later] “Mom, have you figured out dinner yet?” Me, looking at the clock and realizing we have 45 minutes until I need to scramble to get the kids off to activities and very little in the fridge to eat…”How does pizza sound?” So, I used to be a thoughtful meal planner and grocery shopper. It used to be in my skillset. But, at this moment in time, at this point in my life, I had to accept that this type of meal planning was no longer at the top of my list. And in order to prioritize other things in my life and still feed my family, I knew something had to change. I needed help. So, I outsourced. I recently subscribed to a meal kit delivery service. And yes, it is a little bit more of a financial investment than going to 3 different stores and bargain shopping, but it is also a lot less time consuming. This investment allows me the freedom to spend more time focusing on the things I want and need to focus on — my job, my family, and my community obligations. And, in turn, I let the experts plan and ship ingredients and recipes for 3 healthy family meals a week right to my front door. LifterLMS Done For You Service I shared my personal story, because I know there is someone out there reading this who can relate. It’s not easy to “do it all.” As an online course creator, you know that your unique online course has the power to change peoples’ lives…but you need to get it out of your head and onto the web. Maybe you are a business advisor, a health and fitness coach, or a foreign language instructor. Whatever your niche, you have a special skill set, a specific information base, and you’re eager to share your knowledge with the universe. You likely empower your students to overcome the obstacles obstructing their path to success, and if technical requirements of building your course platform are slowing you down, it’s time for you to do the same. Overcome the obstacles keeping your course offline. With our freshly relaunched Done For You services we handle the details of installing, styling, and deploying your …
It’s time to Spotlight another one of our LifterLMS Experts. Here’s a quick rundown on Monica Garrett from Margaux Agency. Monica specializes in Full Site Builds, Custom Development, Web Design Specialties, Branding, and Logo Design. What are your hobbies and interests outside of the internet? I love to spend time with my daughter Gianna, who’s middle name was the inspiration for Margaux. Any time that I can spend with my family and my pup Stella, my heart is full! My husband and I enjoy attending Improv and Comedy shows, too. We love exploring new cities, and seeing what new experiences and restaurants they have to offer. 3 words your best friend would use to describe you… Motivated, Driven, and Optimistic What first made you interested in web development or design? I have always felt that anything can be made to look better with a little attention. It all started while working on wedding invitations. I took it further than just the initial invite. I looked at it as branding their wedding leaving no detail unlooked at. Once I got into branding for businesses, this same approach amplified my love for visual styling for businesses. On to some fun stuff…what’s a little-know fact about you? Since today’s world is so digital, you don’t often meet your community in person. But if we were to meet in person, it might surprise you to know that I am a whopping 5 feet tall. Because of that, my spirit celebrity is Kevin Hart. He just ‘gets it’! What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? I don’t like to complicate my meals or my desserts. Vanilla bean all the way. What part of the world do you live in? Beautiful, sunny SoCal! Famous last words (anything to add)… Make every detail perfect, and limit the number of details to perfect. — Jack Dorsey
It’s time to Spotlight another one of our LifterLMS Experts. Here’s a quick rundown on Anne-Marijke Gerretsen from Red Berry Leadership Development. Anne-Marijke specializes in Instructional Design (Course Content Creation). What are your hobbies and interests outside of the internet? I love growing my own food. I am studying Nutritional Medicine (almost finished, yay!) and have gotten really addicted to the taste and health benefits of home-grown produce. My other love is my 12-year old daughter and her passion for dance. She attends a performing arts high school, and seeing her on stage is just magical. 3 words your best friend would use to describe you… Go-getter, funny, independent. What first made you interested in web development or design? I’ve been in leadership development for nearly 30 years. When I started, it was all face-to-face, but around 15 years ago online courses started to pop up. They were just PowerPoint slides put online, and it frustrated me how useless these courses were. I did some post grad study around eLearning, and started to take what I knew to work in face-to-face learning and tried to find online equivalents. My passion around online learning design is to create a learning experience that really changes behaviour and leaves learners not just knowing more, but able to do things differently, better. On to some fun stuff…what’s a little-know fact about you? My daughter isn’t the only dancer here, in fact I taught dance when I was pregnant, and I’m sure that’s where her love started. Nowadays, I either dance around the house when no-one’s there, or I go to Zumba. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? Sorry, I don’t like ice at all!! Never have. I moved to Australia from the Netherlands partly to escape the cold, and ice cream is part of the cold. What part of the world do you live in? I live in Picton, Australia, a beautiful rural town just south of Sydney. Famous last words (anything to add)… It is a misconception to assume that if people KNOW how to do something, they will be able to DO it.
It’s time to Spotlight another one of our LifterLMS Experts. Here’s a quick rundown on Dennis Hall from Learning Templates. Dennis specializes in full site builds, custom development, and custom theme development. What are your hobbies and interests outside of the internet? I like mountain biking, hiking, and disconnecting! 3 words your best friend would use to describe you… Sincere, Transparent, Straightforward What first made you interested in web development or design? I started developing LMS systems out of necessity when I worked as a classroom instructor/course developer/instructional designer in the emergency services industry. When I started developing LMS systems, there were not many options beyond SAP and ERP custom systems that usually cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to implement. I started customizing 3rd party LMS systems after 30 years in the industry and recognizing that most systems available needed a knowledgeable and experienced instructional designer and an LMS designer to help the owners understand what could be accomplished to meet their specific needs. What types of services do you offer? My services offered are as follows: LMS consultation (I provide a neutral opinion); Integrating WordPress into your organization’s HRIS and other performance measurement systems; SSO (Single Sign-On); WordPress themes; WordPress plugins; Divi themes; Any WordPress-based Learning Management System; Non-WordPress Learning Management Systems, such as Forma LMS, Moodle or other LMS systems; WordPress/LMS/MongoDB integration; Mobile first xAPI-LMS; LMS integration with HRIS system. On to some fun stuff…what’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? Rocky Road What part of the world do you live in? Quebec, Canada Famous last words (anything to add)… Given enough power, anything can fly!