Sarah Ashley

Sarah Ashley

Mount Pocono, PA
Email: | Phone: 484.695.5204

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Instructional Designer (Support Specialist) February 2012 – June 2017
Rutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences University (formerly UMDNJ), NJ, USA

    Consulted with faculty, staff, and subject-matter experts to design universally accessible courses, guiding them to consider appropriate technologies for use in various class projects and assignments, or best pedagogically sound means of presenting information and learning resources to their class, to achieve target learning goals and outcomes, following universal design and web accessibility standards.
    Led Training SLA of university-wide implementation of Moodle, RBHS’s Learning Management System during switch from Angel LMS to Moodle; scheduled, planned, and delivered Moodle training for all faculty and staff across four campus locations in collaboration with deans and departmental chairs.
    Supported RBHS faculty, staff and students, and staff of University Hospital, Newark, New Jersey, in their use of Moodle, and other non-LMS instructional technologies; troubleshooting and resolving issues.
    Created academic and non-academic courses and user accounts, enrolled users, developed custom reports, as needed;
  • Successfully led my team to migrate and upgrade Moodle from version 1.9 to 2.8, checking for compatible plugins and themes, and running post-upgrade system tests to ensure minimal to zero data loss.
    Plan, schedule, and conduct training in all modalities (live online, face-to- face), develop training materials, documentation, and accessible video tutorials on all university-licensed software within and outside of Moodle.
    Collaborated closely with our programmer and hosting vendors to develop custom functionality to grant access to Moodle for our Continuing Education user population; designed custom LMS themes; worked with our programmer to enhance administration functionality and some learning activities for improved user experience in Moodle.


Instructional Technology Specialist, January 2007 – February 2012
Drew University, Madison, NJ, USA

  • INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN: Supported faculty as they consider appropriate technologies to use for various class projects and assignments, or best means of presenting information and learning resources to their class.
  • MOODLE SUPPORT: Supported faculty and other members of Drew community in their use of Moodle, Drew’s Learning Management System, troubleshooting and resolving technical issues.
  • MOODLE ADMINISTRATION: Created course shells, designed innovative uses of Moodle for academic and non-academic programs and projects, such as ePortfolios, training sites, workshops and other departmental and student group sites.
  • WEBSITE DESIGN TRAINING: Provided training on building web pages and web sites using Adobe Dreamweaver and other methods, as appropriate and/or convenient to the needs of the participant(s).
  • POSTER DESIGN AND IMAGE MANIPULATION WITH PHOTOSHOP: Trained faculty how to use Photoshop for creating posters and flyers advertising their classes for upcoming registration, creating course banners and other graphics.
  • WORKSHOPS & FACULTY DEVELOPMENT: ITS (Instructional Technology Services) scheduled multiple workshops every month, on various topics and skills, for students, faculty and I taught some of the faculty-oriented workshops. I also held one-on-one appointments if faculty could not attend a scheduled workshop.


Adjunct Professor, Fall 2006

Media Communication & Technology (MCOM) Dept., East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

  • Taught “Electronic Communication Technologies” – an undergraduate course that introduces students to the use of desktop media, the application of microcomputers to text editing, graphic design and layout, desktop publishing, and desktop video editing. This is a foundation course giving competencies applicable to Department of Media Communication and Technology
  • Also taught “Digital Photography and Still Images” – a graduate class that provides students with an overview of many different methods for selection, production, manipulation, utilization, and presentation of still images for instructional applications. I provided varied techniques of locating, acquiring, and producing digital and non-digital still photographic images.


Professional Tutor, Fall 2005

Learning Center (Academic Enrichment and Learning), East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

  • Provided tutoring for undergraduate students that needed help with Media, Communications and Technology


Graduate Assistant, September 2004 – May 2006

Media Communication & Technology (MCOM) Dept., East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

  • Designed promotional materials for Graduate School and MCOM Department at ESU using Adobe Illustrator CS.
  • Managed MCOM Department databases in MS Excel.


Graduate Assistant, August 2004 – 2005

Career Resources Center, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

  • Scheduled students and alumni for mock interviews, resume critiques and career counseling
  • Performed mock interviews and provided constructive criticism and feedback on interviewing techniques
  • Designed and produced marketing materials for the Center’s services and resources in MS Publisher and MS Word
  • Re-vamped the Center’s bulletin board with new, eye-catching graphic themes and advertisements
  • Started a newsletter, “The Career Informer” that informs students, faculty and staff about job search techniques, faux-pas, career choice tips and general information concerning career planning.


Computer Trainer, Summer 2002

Facilities Management Dept., East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

  • Proposed, organized and coordinated a 2-week Computer Training program in Microsoft Excel for senior staff; prepared Training manuals in MS Word and delivered the actual training.


Graduate Assistant, September 2001 – May 2003

Academic Computing, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

  • Monitored computer labs across campus, performed troubleshooting on printers and PCs in the computer labs on campus; provided courteous assistance to troubled callers at our Help Desk, and guided students and faculty to activate and use ESU computer access accounts.


Visual Basic 5.0 Programmer, August – November 2000

A. G. Systems, Kumasi, Ghana

  • Developed pharmaceutical tracking and dispensing software with ODBC database in Visual Basic 5.0 for major hospital in Ghana.


Computer Trainer, Summer 1997/98/99

MIS Department, Ghana Ports & Harbors Authority, Tema, Ghana (W/Africa)

  • Organized basic computer training for senior staff of GHAPOHA
  • Prepared Training Materials and Manuals in MS Word
  • Executed the actual training in MS Word ‘95 and MS Excel ‘95 and Introduction to Computers

Conference Presentations

SUNY Delhi Moodle Moot

o   “Creative Student Collaboration: Database and Glossary Driven Courses

May 2011
Moodle Moot US 2015, Minnesota, MN

o   “Creative Applications of the Database Activity

o   “A Custom Forum Participation Report

August 4-6 2015
iMoot 2016, 3-day Non-stop Online International Moodle Conference

o   “Peer Reviews, by hook or by crook…mostly the latter

May 2016
Moodle Moot US 2016, Los Angeles, CA

o   “Innovative Uses of the Database Activity

o   “Custom Forum Activity Reports

June 21-23 2016
iMoot Mini 2016, 24-hr Non-stop Online International Moodle Conference

o   “5 Creative Uses of the Database Activity

November 2016

Other Relevant Experience

Christ Oasis Ministries, Chicago, IL

o   School of Ministry Online – Moodle Administrator
Installed Moodle, created user accounts from upload file, created the course shell, set up the course assignments and grade book, enrolled users, and provided Training Materials for Students and for the Course Administrator.

November – December 2016
The Academy for Health Coaching, Buckinghamshire, UK

o   Assistant Moodle Administrator
Migrated Moodle site from Moodle Partner site to self-hosted servers; create course shells, user accounts, enroll users into courses on demand; provide instructional design guidance on layout of course content; develop training materials for learners; generate custom reports, as needed.

June 2016-present

Professional Development

•   “Learn Moodle 3.3 MOOC” – Moodle HQ July 2017
Learn Moodle 3.3 Completer Badge
•   “Diploma in Mobile App Development” – Shaw Academy July 2016
•   “How To Make Accessible Learning” – June 2016
•   “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop” – Quality Matters October 2015
•   “Moodle 2.6 Essential Training” – July 2014
•   “Flipping the Classroom” – July 2014


Universal Design Committee
Committee members, majority of whom are instructional designers, are charged with raising university-wide awareness and compliance among faculty, staff, and persons responsible for managing online course content to use universal design principles in developing materials, and to convert existing content to incorporate universal design. Collaborated with other IDs to develop self-paced training, online instructor-led training, and in-person workshops.

Accessibility Sub-Committee

In a university-wide effort to ensure all online content and public-facing websites of the university are accessible, this committee designed the “Accessibility @ Rutgers” website to inform the Rutgers Community on the university-wide policy and to provide tools and training resources for converting existing content into accessible materials.

Faculty Development Sub-Committee
Members of this sub-committee of the UD Committee are focused solely on developing the structure for the recommended types of training and workshops, and drafting a proposal on how to fund the effort.

Quality Matters Implementation Committee
The focus of this committee is to draft and submit a proposal on how to standardize online courses based on Quality Matters standards across all courses hosted on the university’s five different Learning Management Systems. My contributions were to propose strategies as pertains to Moodle.


•   Quality Matters 2015-present
•   Quality Matters Instructional Designers Association 2015-present
•   International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2017


Moodle Course Creator Certificate (MCCC) 
July 24, 2009 – Moodle Version 1.9 (Authorized by

July 2017 – Moodle Version 3.1 (Authorized by E-learning Experts)