Craig M. Gerdes

Lenexa, KS 66219

(913) 963-5719


Professional Objective:
An experienced and innovative educator with excellent organizational and communications skills seeking a position in instructional design, e-learning development, educational technology, or any other job related to education and training or learning and performance improvement.


Professional Summary:
Extensive experience helping adult students succeed in a variety of roles and in a variety of settings:

Teacher, career advisor, technology trainer, adjunct professor, instructional designer,
e-learning developer, consultant, staff developer, and coordinator
K-12, higher education, government, and corporate/industry
Recent Professional Experience:
Instructional Design and Adult Learning Specialist

Self-employed, Freelance Contractor/Consultant, Lenexa, KS, July 2015-Present


·         Partner with clients to understand specifications and ensure the development of high-quality, inspiring, and forward-thinking higher education and corporate online and face-to-face courses including materials and assessments.


Adjunct Associate Professor

Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS, January 2010-Present


Instruct, assist, and evaluate students in business and computer classes including
Microsoft Office applications.  Average student evaluation scores: 4.8 points out of 5.
Senior Instructional Designer

National Association of Insurance Commissioners, Kansas City, MO, April 2009-June 2015

Promoted twice and received numerous awards and recognition for exemplary work performance.


Partnered with qualified subject matter experts (SMEs) to develop highly-interactive courses using a formal process that included writing instructionally-sound learning objectives and creating engaging lessons, activities, materials, and assessments.
Assessed instructor performance and recommended techniques to enhance effectiveness.
Utilized Level 1, 2, and 3 evaluations to assess the value of courses in promoting transfer of skills from the learning environment to the workplace.
Designed job aids, coaching guides, and other materials intended to support students’ managers in reinforcing concepts and skills learned in class.
Used surveys, focus groups, and other means to identify learning needs and establish metrics for assessing training results.
Educational Applications Trainer

USD 512, Shawnee Mission School District, Shawnee Mission, KS, May 2006-April 2009


Provided technology training district-wide to administrative, certified, and classified staff.
Assisted teachers with the design and delivery of on-site technology-integrated lessons.
Educational Technology Consultant

Kansas State Department of Education, Topeka, KS, May 2005-May 2006


Supported Kansas school districts with technology implementation that included technology planning, grant administration, curriculum integration, and staff development and training.

Other Professional Experience:
Continuing Education Instructor, Baker University, Overland Park, KS
Instructional Design and Development Specialist, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Educational Technology Coordinator/Adjunct Professor, Friends University, Wichita, KS
Technology Trainer, USD 260, Derby Public Schools, Derby, KS
Career Placement Specialist/Business Occupations Instructor/Academic Advisor
USD 259, Wichita Area Technical College-Central Campus, Wichita, KS
Computer/Accounting Teacher, Southern Technical College, Wichita, KS
Professional Education:
Master of Science, Adult, Occupational, and Continuing Education, Kansas State University
Bachelor of Science, Marketing and Business Education, University of Nebraska
Kansas Standard Teaching License, Kansas Adult Education Certificate
Certified Online Instructor
Specialized Software Skills:
E-learning authoring tools: Captivate, Camtasia, Audacity, Lesson Builder, Articulate Storyline, Articulate Studio (Engage, Presenter, Quiz Maker)
Learning Management Systems: Moodle, Desire2Learn, Blackboard, Angel, e-College
Webinar Platforms: Connect, StartMeeting, WebEx
Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook
Other: Google Drive, Survey Monkey, Web 2.0 (Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts), Twitter