Atlanta Academic Design Studio Full Tilt Ahead

Full Tilt Ahead is Brains, Brawn, and Beauty.

Academic Designers Located in Atlanta

We make informed choices. And put learning first.

Headed up by Dr. Roxanne Russell with 20+ years experience in higher ed classrooms, the Brains unit of Full Tilt Ahead keeps the focus of our design and strategies on allowing faculty to share their unique perspectives and personalities in new ways. We call on the best instructional design talent to bring evidence-based practices and flexible approaches to online and blended learning.

Roxanne RussellInstructional Design
Roxanne Russell is a teacher and instructional designer with 20+ years of university-level teaching experience and ten years of professional experience with designing, developing, integrating and evaluating online learning environments in a global context. She now brings her teaching, instructional design and web development background to helping schools navigate the complexities of technology integration for learning.
Roxanne received her M.A. in English from Auburn University and Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and Design from Georgia State University. Her groundbreaking work on the cultural dynamics of the instructional design process is cited in the 2014 edition of the Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology.

Roxanne has consulted on several projects in collaboration with faculty and subject-matter-experts  to disseminate groundbreaking research through building communities of practice or online training programs. Roxanne’s research projects have explored the uses and production of digital media from the concept and design phases through evaluation, implementation and dissemination in public, private, and non‐profit sectors in the US, India and China. Her pragmatic research perspective has been rooted in the instructional technology and design discipline, and has taken advantage of analytical, design-based, quantitative and qualitative methods for inquiry.

Lauren Kane-SampleInstructional Design
Lauren Kane-Sample is a writing instructor with over ten years of experience teaching at the college-level, and she has taught over 150 courses both online and in the traditional face-to-face university classroom.

Lauren received her M.A. in English literature from Auburn University, and she contributes her extensive online teaching experience and her effective organizational skills to maximize student learning outcomes and promote the stature of various university writing programs.

Working with multiple universities has given Lauren experience teaching within different learning management systems such as eCollege, WebTycho, Desire2Learn, E-Racer, and University of Phoenix’s “homegrown” LMS.

As an online college instructor, Lauren has hands-on experience with faculty development scaffolding as it affects course design and curriculum development. She has been hand-selected to participate in Quality Enhancement Plans (QEP), in advanced facilitation certification training programs, and to train faculty members for online professional development.

As a subject matter expert, Lauren collaborates with instructional design teams and applies knowledge of adult learning theories to design and develop content for online writing courses. She has provided recommendations regarding all aspects of the content arrangement, sequencing of lessons, use of assessments, and selection of class activities.

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Best practices and collaboration lead to better solutions.

Education Technology Developers at Full Tilt AheadHeaded up by Adarsh Char with 20+ years experience in enterprise class education technology, the Brawn unit of Full Tilt Ahead keeps the focus of our technology development on function, sustainability, integration, and user interaction. FTA firmly believes in collaboration which is why we use the AGILE approach to project management. When developing a technology tool it is imperative for the audience to have a voice.

Adarsh CharDevelopment
Adarsh Char is a creative, software product development and technology implementation leader in enterprise-class education and compliance solutions with over 22 years of experience as an Ed Tech executive.

Adarsh focuses on functional and UI/UX design of systems, development processes, and technology environments, using industry best practices as a Project Management Professional and Certified ScrumMaster.

Adarsh has leveraged his cross-cultural management strengths to help build a global education technology company that provides special education compliance and assessment solutions to some of the largest school districts and States in the US and India.

His educational technology accomplishments include his conception and development of State-wide compliance solutions that have lasted over 11 years, and earned over $45M.  In addition, he led the development of an Enterprise-class Formative Assessment platform used by over 1.2 million students in over 20,000+ schools throughout the US, including a 250,000 item content bank.

Adarsh Char continues to act as a leading consultant to education technology companies seeking guidance on operational approaches to product development, technology transition and solutions design.

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It’s always about the content. Except when it isn’t.

Graphic and Visual Designers at Full Tilt AheadHeaded up by Chip Evans with almost 20 years experience in visual design and communication, the Beauty unit of Full Tilt Ahead understands how presentation greatly impacts the power to inform, educate, or compel. That aesthetic you’ve been dreaming about? We’ll show it to you.

Chip EvansVisual Design
Chip Evans is an award-winning designer with almost 20 years experience in print and digital design ranging in focus from graphic design; branding; traditional, digital, and inbound marketing; advertising; web design; UI/UX; and front-end development.

Chip has a BFA from Oglethorpe University. Since graduating he has been a part of several successful small businesses and won numerous awards for clear messaging, attractive design, and usability. He held positions ranging from production manager to Chief Creative Officer before starting his own marketing company in 2004.

Chip has extensive experience collaborating with businesses, institutions, and individuals developing skills to identify communication problems, create & implement strategies leading to successful solutions. His core belief is that the most important aspect of any project is delivering a focused message effectively.

Bragging rights include art directing the cover photo shoot for the largest circulating publication in Georgia, winning over 26 awards in print design from MARCOM, PRSA, IABC, CASE, and Georgia Tech, helping numerous businesses grow by reaching their target audience with impactful messaging, being inducted into Oglethorpe University’s Athletic Hall of Fame, and becoming a successful child farmer.

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Full Tilt Ahead is most energized by the process of working collaboratively towards specific goals. We thrive on problem-solving and creative design challenges and will work closely with members of your team to imagine
and re-imagine effective and innovative approaches.

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