CD-ROM Projects

This page will provide an overview of a variety of CD-ROM projects I have worked on using ToolBook, either doing all the development or assisting in the development of the final product.

Chemistry Study Pak for Windows to accompany Chemistry: An Introduction to Inorganic, Organic, and Biochemistry, 6th Edition by Karen Timberlake, HarperCollins College Publishers, 1995.

This was a 3-floppy disk set created with ToolBook Instructor 1.53. The program included tutorials and practice tests for the textbook listed above. The tutorials were set up to directly correspond to the text and digital images were used to enhance many concepts presented in the textbook.

Applications CD-ROM to accompany Utilizing Multimedia ToolBook 3.0, boyd fraser publishing, 1996.

This CD-ROM created with Multimedia ToolBook 3.0 was included with the above textbook. The CD-ROM contained sample files needed to do the projects in this book, trial software to install, and many demos of the use of Multimedia ToolBook 3.0. The CD-ROM also included a host of audio, video, and graphic files.

Getting Started with ToolBook II Instructor 7 CD-ROM, TCC Publishing, 1999.

This CD-ROM was created with ToolBook II Instructor 7 and was intended as a supplement to the book, Utilizing Asymetrix ToolBook II Instructor and Assistant 7. The CD-ROM directly corresponded to the modules in this text and also contained a host of trial software, video, audio, and graphic files.


Chemistry Study Pack Version 2.0 to accompany Chemistry: An Introduction to Inorganic, Organic, and Biochemistry, 7th Edition by Karen Timberlake, Addison Wesley, 1999.

This CD-ROM was created with ToolBook II Instructor 7 and is a self-contained software package that includes interactive tutorials for all 18 chapters of Timberlake's Chemistry, Seventh Edition, including video clips from The World of Chemistry and over 200 color graphics from the textbook. In addition to a 5-Question Quick Quiz for each section of the textbook, Study Pack offers a 10-Question Chapter Quiz at the end of each tutorial. All quizzes are scored. For each tutorial, Study Pack also builds a randomized Practice Test of multiple choice, true/false, and fill-in questions with the student having the option of building a test of up to 40 questions per tutorial.

This CD-ROM can be used alone or with Timberlake's Study Guide. Study Pack can illustrate a lecture or be used by students-either alone or in collaborative learning groups.

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From 1999 to 2002, I produced three CD-ROM projects for KI of Green Bay, Wisconsin. KI manufactures a comprehensive and diverse line of office, commercial, institutional, and educational furniture. Formerly known as Krueger International, KI market's its products through sales representatives and furniture dealers, architects, interior designers, and their web site. The Project Director for these CDs was Mary Ann Christensen.

Field Measurement Training

The first CD-ROM project created with ToolBook, Field Measurement Training, was created to aid employees in the field with the measurement of new and existing office/classroom/etc. space for new furniture. This CD-ROM was given the 1st Place Award for ToolBook CBT Project-Interactive 2000 Awards Sponsored by


KI Vertical Markets Training

The second project, created with ToolBook in 2001, was the KI Vertical Markets Training CD-ROM. This CD-ROM was created to help the KI sales force throughout the world market the various products produced for the different markets served by KI, including K-12, College & University, Technology & Fast-Growth, and Healthcare.


OverQuota Training

The third project, created with ToolBook in 2002, was an OverQuota Training CD-ROM. OverQuota is an Opportunity Management Software System. This CD-ROM was created to train the sales force in how to use the software. A lot of simulations are included in this training along with a variety of narrated videos that show the learner what to do.

In 2001, I created four CD-ROM projects for the Center for the Support of Families and the DHR Office of Adoptions of the State of Georgia. The Center has been in partnership with the Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR), Office of Adoptions, to develop and present videoconferences for social work and mental health professionals and foster and adoptive parents throughout the state since FY 1999. The videoconferences have been designed based on needs assessments completed by the Center, in conjunction with staff from the Office of Adoptions and with input from foster and adoptive families receiving services from DHR. Topics reference issues relevant to areas both foster and adoptive families encounter in preparation for and during placement. Examples of topics presented include behavior management; separation, grief and loss issues; medical issues; and adopting children with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities. Using the presentation outline, workbook contents, and videotape, the Center develops a multimedia training course for use by those professionals and parents who are not able to attend the Institute directly. These multi-media trainings are self-paced, on-screen modules that incorporate digital video clips from the Institute, audio clips, and graphic animations. Users navigate through the lessons as they would through the pages of a Web site, making the trainings easy to use. Each Horizon Institute multimedia training includes a summary, quiz section, and hyperlinks to outside reference sources. The project manager for this was Jim Coursey of the Center for the Support of Families.

The CD Projects included:

Enhancing Attachment in Adoptive Children

Parenting with Pizzazz

Adoption Registry

It Takes a Team


In 2003 I worked on four different CD-ROM projects for Mangi Environmental Group of McLean, VA. Mangi Environmental Group is a small business that was established in 1993 to focus on NEPA and related environmental planning and compliance support. Since 1993, Mangi have served over 50 Federal agencies and organizations. Mangi Educational Technologies, a division of Mangi Environmental Group, develops training to enhance employee performance for industry and government, specializing in innovative technological solutions. The CD-ROM projects were developed to be compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. "Section 508 requires that when Federal agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology, they shall ensure that the electronic and information technology allows Federal employees with disabilities to have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access to and use of information and data by Federal employees who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency." The Project Manager for these CDs is Tony Petruzzi of Mangi Environmental Group.

Making Rural Development Offices Accessible Course

This course is being developed by Mangi Environmental Group for the USDA. The purpose of this course is to assure that all Rural Development offices are fully compliant with the applicable laws, regulations, and standards that govern accessibility and to familiarize employees with the inspection of RD offices to ensure access for the disabled. I am the primary developer for this course.

Farmland Protection Policy Act Course

This course which I consulted on was developed by Mangi Environmental Group for the Natural Resources Conservation Services (USDA). The purpose of this course is to provide NRCS employees with an understanding of the Farmland Protection Policy Act (FPPA) regulations and the ability to complete Form AD-1006.

First Responder-Awarness Level Course

This course which I helped create was developed by Mangi Environmental Group for the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management. The purpose of this course is to provide employees with an understanding of the types of hazardous materials that might be encountered, their hazards and risks and gain an understanding of how to implement the local hazardous materials emergency response plan and use the North American Emergency Response Guidebook.

Intermediary Relending Program Course

This course which I helped create was developed by Mangi Environmental Group for the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Business-Cooperative Service. This training product provides an intensive orientation and set of reference tools that staff can use to deliver IRP with a reasonable level of oversight from the IRP State Office Staff. With an understanding of the IRP process, learners will be able to provide proactive, flexible IRP assistance to USDA Rural Development customers.

Learning Microsoft Office Visio 2003

This CD project with Instrux, LTD involved extensive use of graphics, assessments, video, and simulations to provide Microsoft training in one of their software products. The final product consists of over 2000 screens of static and interactive information with a host of different interactive activities for the learner. This product lends itself to easily be deployed to the Web if necessary.

Winner of Award of Merit, Society of Technical Communication, Houston, February, 2005.


Med in 7 Initiative

This CD-ROM project was developed for East Carolina University in Greenville, NC to serve as a recruitment tool for a new program developed in 2003. This program provides select students the opportunity to obtain a medical degree in seven years. Videos of the principals in the program are used to enhance the presentation.




Visa Training for Visa International, Miami

This project involved creating a CD-ROM training program completely in Spanish for distribution to Visa clients in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. The project required a good amount of interactivity to stimulate learner interest in the training.


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