About Randy Fisher
Randy Fisher, MA (Fielding) has extensive experience in project management, building great teams and education / e-learning. He brings a diverse array of talents with his background in change management, organization development and ability to facilitate stakeholder and community engagement. (He is also co-director of Development Wisdom, a joint-venture nonprofit focused on ICTs for international development and education.)
Recently, he was Education Specialist for the Information and Communications Technology Council in Ottawa, Canada where he developed an education strategy for the organization, and guided several projects including digital skills literacy, high school IT program sustainability and an industry-government roundtable for apps / mobile ecosystem development.
He has worked with leading education organizations, networks and consortia in Canada, USA, South Africa and New Zealand to increase participation and interaction in online and hybrid / blended courses; and conducted evaluations and value-for-money audits of training and capacity-building processes, programs, courses and modules.
He was part of a team conducting an operational review of the distance education functions of the Ontario Primary Healthcare Nurse Practitioner program (PHCNP)) in 9 universities (Council of Ontario Universities Programs in Nursing). At the Commonwealth of Learning, he supported six (6) education specialists in higher education, community media and public health, governance, e-learning and international organizations to facilitate learning and development, and the sharing of knowledge and best practices.
He has conducted needs assessments / gap analysis, market research and action research for open and distance learning projects: interviewed students, professors, administrators and external partners; gathered and documented requirements to improve business processes, workflows and websites. (OneChange, OER Africa). Using Participatory Action Research, he conducted a community-building needs analysis of a small online community - his recommendations helped mobilize opinion leaders and partners for WkiEducator.org to grow to 18,000 users in 120 countries (a top 100K website). This experience led to his Master's in Organization Development thesis, and the development of a model for Collaborative Engagement.
He is professionally trained as a journalist, and has experience in marketing, market research, communications, outreach and Web 2.0 social collaboration. Past assignments include: market research and evaluation of a communications strategy for environmental / green building software (Athena), recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency; survey research and analysis to develop the 1st database for Canada's Top 100 Forest Technology firms (Forintek); needs assessment, gap analysis and strategic planning for a new virtual learning institute (New Brunswick Community College); survey research and analysis (SPSS) to assess the market for training needs for Ontario's telecom equipment manufacturers (TRIO/OCRI); market research, surveys, focus groups and 1-1 interviews to evaluate the economic development value proposition for attracting IT /knowledge-based firms to a recently-decommissioned Canadian Forces Base in a remote community (SkyPark Miramichi); evaluating a joint-venture software development project (Canadian Banknote).
Mr. Fisher holds an MA in Organization Management and Development (specializing in complex, large-scale system change), Fielding Graduate University, California; post-graduate degree in journalism (University of King's College, Halifax); a bachelor's degree in Political Science (McGill); and a Train-the-Trainer certification and a diploma in Instructional Design.
See Randy's LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=112703&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile