Recently, the Office of The University Registrar (OUR) posted on this blog a new position: that of a Learning Manager. After a difficult selection process, the OUR is happy to announce that Matt Saavedra will be joining our team in this capacity in August.
Matt brings a diverse background in instructional design, e-learning development, training delivery, and project management. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico, and an M.B.A. from Washington State University; both degrees are in Business Administration. These credentials will serve him well as he takes on this new role, which will require consideration of the varied approaches to adult learning in a university setting.
Though Matt is new to the University of Washington, he has worked in higher education previously at the University of Idaho. More recently, though, Matt brings corporate experience from well-known Seattle companies including Adobe, Microsoft, and Washington Mutual.
What tasks will Matt tackle as the Learning Manager? From the position description:
The Learning Manager will help build and maintain the learning infrastructure within University learning systems and OUR web sites. This will enable the OUR to deliver an ongoing and diverse curriculum of classes as well as provide a range of additional learning services that support users as they develop the core skills required to use complex systems more effectively and securely.
In practice, this means he’ll create, manage, and deliver training on many important UW systems. Some of the most important of these are the Student Database (as well as its likely successor, Kuali) and the Enterprise Data Warehouse. Additionally, Matt will be responsible for education and compliance around important campus regulations like FERPA.
We look forward to Matt joining the team next month and to the excellent experience and guidance he’ll bring to the role of Learning Manager.