My name is Roger and I welcome you to the Up to Speed Academy
For the past 20+ years, I’ve been a software trainer and a computer courseware developer. In 2003, I created a company called “PCM Courseware” which provided customizable electronic computer courseware for Windows and the Mac. The courseware was specifically aimed at educators who taught in-person computer courses. The courseware gave instructors the tools to teach and gave students the tools to retain what they learned in the classroom.
Since then, times have changed. More and more people are now relying on video training rather than instructor-led training to learn new skills. So we changed our focus from the classroom to individual learners and began creating video courses that teach people skills to succeed in the work world. Given that photography and video creation have also been loves of mine, you’ll find courses on those topics as well.
Though I admit to being a bit of an aficionado of all things Apple – Mac computers, Mac software, the iPad and the iPhone, I also am fairly cross-platform and work also with Windows and Android (though people often refer to me as an “Apple Guy”). Thus, you’ll see courses from a variety of platforms.
A little bit about me….
Born in: Detroit, Michigan
Grew up in: Upper Peninsula of Michigan (yup – I’m a Yooper!)
Current location: I currently live in Milwaukee, WI
Work: I spent most of my life working with technology. Past (and current) occupations include: French teacher, English teacher, computer programmer (mainly databases and SQL), computer software trainer (Photoshop, Lightroom, Microsoft Office, and Mac software), photographer, training coordinator and technical writer.
Education: I have a Master’s degree in Foreign Language and Litterature and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
What I do: I create video courses and computer training manuals (courseware) in topics such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Microsoft Office, Apple software and project management. I still do some contract work on the side teaching Photoshop, Lightroom as well as database design but prefer to spend my time creating new video content to help people achieve their dreams.
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy pretty much anything photography/photography software related. I also travel as much as I can and play the harp (for fun, not professionally). I am also a sucker for languages and spend time brushing up on my French and Spanish in my spare time. I also like the usual stuff: voraciously reading books, going to the movies, spending time out in nature, listening to music, playing with gadgets and riding my motorcycle.
Little Known Tidbit: I grew up in a house without hot running water, a bathtub or a shower. Wanna know more about that? Ask me 🙂 I know, right? Hopefully, you’ll enjoy my courses and will get to know me and my work a bit better. Also, don’t hesitate to contact me – I love hearing from folks! If you wish to contact me, free free to use the Contact Form on this site or e-mail me at: email@example.com.