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Katherine Pisana | Elance
 
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Last Sign-in: Mar 23, 2015

Katherine Pisana

Educator & Writer
   Canada
  |   Toronto, Ontario
  |  8:04 pm Local Time

Overview

I specialize in two areas: online education and professional writing.

As an educator, I have been involved in all aspects of online education for many years. Working with colleagues in the US, Canada, the UK, and Italy has encouraged me to cultivate a sensitivity to the unique social and cultural characteristics of my clients, which range from institutions in higher education to companies in the corporate world.

As a professional writer, I have published articles in magazines and maintained blogs for a number of years, experimenting...

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May 31, 2011|Editing & Proofreading|Private|Completed
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Nov 10, 2010|User Guides & Manuals|Private|Completed
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Portfolio

The homepage of the Uncustomary Book Review - an online magazine layout with views of...
http://www.uncustomarybookreview.com/
Sample Excerpt: You have to love books, they have to speak to you, and you have got to...
http://www.uncustomarybookreview.com/uncustomary-reviewer-submission/
Sample Excerpt: This has been the most difficult book I have ever experienced. It was...
http://www.uncustomarybookreview.com/2011/01/writing-begins-with-the-breath/
Sample Excerpt: What is the difference between Tweets and Facebook status updates? I...
http://www.virtuallyscholastic.com/2009/08/twitter-vs-facebook/
Sample Excerpt: We still rely on myth to fuel the higher education system in this...
http://www.virtuallyscholastic.com/2010/09/todays-students-in-america/
A growing list of free Reusable Learning Object Repositories for all levels from K-12...
http://www.virtuallyscholastic.com/2009/01/reusable-learning-object-repositories/
An overview of my Personal Learning Environment
http://www.virtuallyscholastic.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/my-ple.png
A view of my Personal Learning Environment supporting my professional career
http://www.virtuallyscholastic.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/MY-Professional-PLE.png
A view of my Personal Learning Environment supporting my academic career
http://www.virtuallyscholastic.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/MY-MA_ODE-PLE.png
A view of my Personal Learning Environment supporting my blogging activity
http://www.virtuallyscholastic.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/MY-Blog-PLE.png
An educational consultancy specializing in online and distance learning.
Portfolio of projects involving the design and delivery of online and distance...
A sample of assessments that I designed for a Canadian university. These assignments...
An example of a guide for teachers and administrators highlighting the various features...
An example of a guide for students that introduces them to the tools and resources...
An introduction for students on how to make the most of their online class discussion...
Sample excerpt: This pilot investigates the impacts of using video to support...
A handout for teachers explaining the benefits of creating a video welcome message for...
A guide explaining the differences between email and instant messaging technologies.
Mused Literary Review | Winter 2010 | Volume 4, Issue 4 | pp.47-8 Short story depicting...
http://www.bellaonline.com/review/issues/winter2010/f057.html
Karin + Raoul | Fall 2010 | Issue #2: BLVR | pp.68-9
http://issuu.com/karinandraoul/docs/karinandraoulmag2_blvr?mode=embed&layout=http%3A%2F%2Fskin.issuu.com%2Fv%2Fdark%2Flayout.xml&showFlipBtn=true
Karin + Raoul | Winter 2010 | Issue #3: ADDICTION | pp.14-20 Feature interview with...
http://issuu.com/karinandraoul/docs/winter2010?mode=embed&layout=http%3A%2F%2Fskin.issuu.com%2Fv%2Fdark%2Flayout.xml&showFlipBtn=true
Karin + Raoul | Winter 2010 | Issue #3: ADDICTION | pp.62-3 Interview with Joseph...
http://issuu.com/karinandraoul/docs/winter2010?mode=embed&layout=http%3A%2F%2Fskin.issuu.com%2Fv%2Fdark%2Flayout.xml&showFlipBtn=true
Karin + Raoul | Winter 2010 | Issue #3: ADDICTION | pp.52-3 Interview with professional...
http://issuu.com/karinandraoul/docs/winter2010?mode=embed&layout=http%3A%2F%2Fskin.issuu.com%2Fv%2Fdark%2Flayout.xml&showFlipBtn=true

Skills (5)

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Online Writing
Online Article Writing and Blogging Test (U.S. Version)
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Academic Writing
U.S. Academic Writing Test
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Business Writing
Business Writing Skills Test (U.S. Version)
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Resume Writing
Resume Writing Skills Test
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English
U.S. English Basic Skills Test
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Service Description

ELearning Background

As a teacher, I have taught many online courses and supported the growth of numerous online learning communities. My students have primarily been teachers seeking guidance on ways in which to leverage technology to enhance their practice. As a certified assessor with the Association for Learning Technology, I evaluate the professional development portfolios of candidates seeking accreditation for their contribution to the educational technology community. I also act as a mentor for a community called Core4Women, which supports and encourages those who seek to empower themselves through online education. By sharing my experiences and expertise in educational technology, I broaden people's perspectives of the nature and potential benefits of online learning.

As a technologist/instructional designer, I have increased the market reach of education and training initiatives by making learning more accessible through technology. For example, I have developed online and blended learning courses that leveraged social media technologies, multi-media content and proprietary resources that benefited both the learner and the teacher. Using sound pedagogical principles and established learning theories, I have also added value to more traditional programs of study by incorporating technologies that enhanced the learning, teaching and assessment processes. I have collaborated with subject matter experts on the writing, editing and publication of course...

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Employment

wikiHow
Instructional Website Editor
2011 - Present
Ensure the delivery of comprehensive articles on targeted topics that appeal to this dynamic website's global readership by: -Assigning articles to a large group of freelance writers and editors...
HETL International Teaching and Learning-LinkedIn
Subgroup Manager
2010 - Present
HETL International Teaching and Learning is an online community on LinkedIn. The group works together to advance the scholarship and practice of teaching and learning on an international scale....
The Uncustomary Book Review
Editor
2010 - Present
Developing myself as a writer has meant many things, one of which has been to encourage the reader in me to come out and explore as many literary genres as time will allow. Reading inspired me to...
Core4Women
Mentor
2009 - Present
As a Core4Women mentor, I work with a tremendously dedicated remote team of mentors to support an online community of women seeking guidance in their pursuit of an online education. In addition to...
Virtually Scholastic
Editor
2008 - Present
I created this blog in 2008 to reflect on my experiences of working and studying in the field of educational technology. It has since grown into a collection of my observations of how educational...
Association for Learning Technology
Certified Assessor
2007 - Present
I am responsible for assessing professional development portfolios and providing constructive feedback to students in a helpful and timely manner. I work remotely with other assessors to review...
Anglia Ruskin University
Instructional Designer
2006 - 2008
Responsible for implementing an eLearning action plan for the Ashcroft International Business School, I initiated change management strategies that resulted in a 70% increase in the number of...
Anglia Ruskin University
Senior Administrator-Online and Distance Learning
2005 - 2006
In this role, I provided administrative and technical support for the online and distance learning programming offered by the Faculty of Health and Social Care. In addition to conducting day-to-day...
Anglia Ruskin University
Administrator-Online and Distance Learning
2004 - 2005
Assisting with all administrative aspects of online and distance learning programming for the Faculty of Science and Technology, I achieved and maintained a high level of understanding of...
University of Toronto
Program Assistant
2003 - 2004
Providing administrative support to professional courses offered through the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, I maintained student databases, reproduced and distributed course materials,...
University of Toronto
Teaching Assistant
2001 - 2002
My first job in education was as a teaching assistant to one of my undergraduate professors at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management. I assisted in preparing module syllabi and in compiling...

Education

The Open University - UK
Master of Arts in Online and Distance Education
2006 - 2009
University of Toronto
Bachelor of Commerce
1998 - 2003

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editor
blogger
education
elearning
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