Introducing our Learning Manager

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.

The OUR wel­comes Matt Saave­dra as its new Learn­ing Manager

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.

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