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Mark Sivy

Director / Senior Specialist for Training, Talent Development, and Learning at Cosmic Surrounding Technology

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Mark Sivy Bio (click on My Website link below for experience details)

During my career I’ve gained experience, skills, and knowledge in the realms of education, talent development, e-learning, business, leadership, corporate organization, learning technology, and instructional design. Additionally through my professional research and study, I’ve achieved a doctorate in educational leadership and instructional systems technology (human performance improvement), as well as expertise in online learning, virtual operations, learning theory, research methodologies, assessments / surveys, and evaluation processes. I now continue to merge this background with ongoing practice, research, theory, and innovation to meet professional obligations and to contribute to organization effectiveness and success.

• Learning, training and talent development
• Leadership and program management
• Instructional design and deployment
• In-person, online and blended learning
• E-Learning and learning technologies
• Assessment, evaluation and data analysis
• Instructional systems technology
• Human performance improvement (HPT)
• Communication (written, oral, and virtual)
• Collaboration and cross-functional teams
• Complex analysis and problem-solving
• Critical, abstract and creative thinking
• Evidence-based research and practice
• Project, knowledge and innovation management

• Increased a learning program’s enrollment by over 1200% through the use of innovative instructional design, implementation of educational technologies, and accommodation of learner diversity.
• Established an online learning program and technical infrastructure to support over 1,400 staff members and 22,000 end-users.
• Led cross-departmental collaborative efforts to create a digital media center, an instructional technology training and development lab, and a digital learning commons.
• Planned and developed multiple virtual learning environments for a state community college system comprised of 58 institutions and used the environments to offer online talent development, training, and support and host adult education classes.
• Hosted and co-directed an annual 3-day international learning conference.
• Directed a global team that delivered a two-day workshop on entrepreneurial and technological skills to an international group of learners assembled in the Middle East.

My disciplines and areas of professional expertise include…

  • Data analyst
  • E-learning consultant
  • Educational leader
  • Educational technology
  • Facilitator
  • Learning program specialist
  • Project manager
  • Researcher
  • Training and talent development professional



  • Cosmic Surrounding Technology, Inc.

    • 7/2012 - Present Director / Senior Specialist for Training, Talent Development, and e-Learning
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

    • 1/2012 - 7/2012 Director of the Center for Research and Evaluation
  • Urban Institute - University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    • 8/2011 - 12/2011 Graduate Research Assistant
  • Intentional Learning By Design

    • 6/2009 - 12/2014 Training, Talent Development, e-Learning Consultant
  • Central Piedmont Community College

    • 4/2007 - 7/2009 Executive Director of Instructional Technology Services
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    • 5/2001 - 4/2007 Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    • 10/1999 - 5/2001 E-Learning Systems Administrator
  • Cleveland County Schools

    • 5/1998 - 9/1999 Chief Information Officer
  • Cleveland County Schools

    • 8/1987 - 7/1998 Science Instructor and Science Department Chair
  • Katy Independent School District

    • 8/1986 - 7/1987 Science Instructor
  • Occidental Petroleum Corporation

    • 1/1981 - 12/1985 Geophysicist


  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)
  • Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE)
  • Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
  • American Education Research Association (AERA)