Hello and thanks for visiting my site. My name is Doug Bednarczyk. I thought I’d take a few minutes to tell you about myself.
I was born and raised in Central New Jersey, and spent the first half of my life as a musician. I sing and play trombone and bass guitar. Growing up I played in many bands and orchestras, and even attended Juilliard Pre College in high school where I quickly learned that I didn’t want to be a classical musician; I’d much rather be a rock star. Well that didn’t happen…yet.
Anyway, I briefly attended NYU studying Music Technology before transferring to The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where I studied and got my Bachelors of Fine Arts in Multimedia. The term Multimedia to me includes graphic design, web design, animation, video production, and a combining of all of these in installation work.
Shortly after graduating and moving to the Philly burbs, I got my first “career” job in the pharmaceutical industry. I facilitated and recorded webinars, and had my first exposure to creating e-learning. After five years at various companies in the pharma industry, I took a job in the water utility industry in South Jersey. During those five years, I expanded my knowledge of instructional design and development by getting my master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University. My years spent in the water industry exposed me to creating all different types of training, from technical training to safety training to soft skills training to leadership training, and I even became an Learning Management System administrator and helped launch a new LMS for the company. At the same time, I became more involved in communications media, creating video messages from the CEO and managing digital signage hardware and software.
In 2016, I kept getting a nudge to move back to Pennsylvania. There is something about southeastern Pennsylvania that just feeds my soul. So, I left the water industry and joined an IT products and services company, where all of the skills I had learned in my past jobs came into full use. I became the eLearning guru for the company, and ran a full service video studio where I filmed many communication messages and content for eLearning. Unfortunately, I was let go from this position in 2018 due to the continual decline in copy/print business needs, which is this company’s main source of revenue.
Wanting something new for myself, I decided to become an independent contractor. I am a free spirit, and my life goal is to help businesses fulfill their multimedia and training goals. One way I can do this is through offering my skills and talents in the multimedia and instructional arenas. I want to help companies with a dream and integrity use the many digital avenues available to their advantage. I want to work with clients as a creative partner, collaborating with them and being their digital “hands” to create what is in their head.
In July 2021, I began a part-time gig as a Technical Learning Architect Contractor at NFI Industries. Working with a manager I had previously worked with and a great team, I was able to bring eLearning and digital training into the mainstream of the company. In May of 2022, I became a full-time Senior Technical Learning Architect at NFI while also completing a 7-month course earning a Professional Certificate in AR/VR Development and 3D graphics from NYU. I am now taking what I’ve learned and creating new learning media for NFI using AR/VR!
That being said, I am only taking small side projects at this time.