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Michael Riordan

Michael Riordan

Project Manager - Curriculum Development Manager

Apollo Group

Phoenix, AZ

Product Manager - Virtual Organizations

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Apollo Group

Project Manager - Curriculum Development Manager

Supervised the creation of curriculum for graduate courses in the College of Information Systems & Technology, part of the University of Phoenix. Contracted with and facilitated the work of subject matter experts. Coordinated with textbook publishers for the review, adoption and customization of course materials. Worked closely with researchers at the University of Phoenix Online Library to find suitable articles and treatises for inclusion in curriculum. Responsible for publication of the course syllabi and supporting materials. Monitored faculty and student feedback regarding course content and either corrected problems or made recommendations for future revisions. Pioneered the delivery of student and faculty materials via the Internet.

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University of Phoenix

Faculty Member

Facilitated business law and ethics courses for the University of Phoenix in both online and traditional modalities. Served as subject matter expert in development of business law courses.

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Michael Riordan

Attorney at Law

Practiced law in Arizona for 14 years. Operated in a number of offices ranging from a sole proprietorship to a medium-sized practice. Positions held included associate, managing partner, and owner. Extensive experience in the following areas: Partnership Law, Corporate Law, Wills, Trusts and Estates, Real Estate Law, Construction Law, Bankruptcy Law (Debtor/Creditor), Domestic Relations, Trial Preparation, Complex Civil Litigation, Environmental Torts and Criminal Litigation.

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Mountain Company, Inc.

Assistant Manager

Assistant Manager for concessionaire at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore attracts approximately two million visitors a year. Supervised 100+ employees. Duties included cash control, inventory control, analysis of purchasing trends, general retail operations and customer service.

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Apollo Group

Product Manager - Virtual Organizations

Co-created the Virtual Organizations, a unique learning tool that overcomes the inherent limitations of simulations and case studies. The Virtual Organizations allow students to apply the theories they have learned in the classroom in an environment that provides realistic real world data and an easily understandable context. The 20 different organizations are spread among various industries, geographic areas and business forms. Materials are delivered via Internet and intranet web sites that provide students with information that they probably do not have access to in their real jobs - employee files, confidential memos, student records and even evidence of illegal and unethical practices. The Virtual Organizations challenge critical thinking skills and provide students with the opportunity to engage in creative problem solving.

Oversaw the development of all materials for the Virtual Organizations since their inception. Maintained web sites hosting the learning tool. Monitored usage via Google Analytics tools - 50,000 unique visitors per month and more than one million page views per month. Worked with subject matter experts, curriculum development managers, instructional designers and college administrators in finding ways to incorporate Virtual Organizations into course curriculum.

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Apollo Group, Inc.

Web Designer

Assisted Senior Vice President for New Product Development. Used Web design skills to demonstrate and prototype new concepts, products and services. Prepared materials for use at academic and professional conferences. Created working demonstration of platform for the delivery of course materials that was adopted by the company and used for over a decade. Worked closely with Apollo Group software engineers in the development of the first generation of Course Builder, a web-based system for the formatting and publication of materials to a course web site.

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Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Doctor of Law (JD)

The University of South Dakota

B.S., Business Administration - Accounting

Rapid City Stevens High School