Louis Biggie is director of learning solutions at Johns Hopkins University, where he leads a team of instructional designers, training specialists, and graphic artists. His team is responsible for helping the university’s faculty and staff gain the knowledge and skills they need to work in a highly complex academic medical center.
He has worked in the application of technology to learning holding positions of progressively increasing responsibility since 1981. In 1998, he interrupted his 30-year career at Johns Hopkins to co-found the eLearning company, LearnWare.
In addition to managing a training department Louis is a passionate instructor. He teaches a course in Relationship Awareness Theory to help professionals work more effectively as teams and approach conflicts constructively. His favorite course, however, is Accounting Comes Alive because he loves to see people who fear numbers and accounts become excited about understanding and managing this essential part of their business.
Once we had a student who admitted to being terrified of accounts. After only two hours, she was explaining a sophisticated accounting concept to the group. There is nothing more exciting than watching that!
In his spare time, Louis drinks good wine, listens to opera, and travels. Last year he spent four weeks in South Africa, where he volunteered to teach Accounting Comes Alive to entrepreneurs in disadvantaged communities in Cape Town before touring the wineries of Paarl and Stellenbosch. Other highlights of his trip involved swimming with sharks in the Indian Ocean and mingling with lions at a safari lodge near the Zimbabwean border.
“I almost pinched myself when I realized we were taking three lions and a dog out for a walk before dinner! That is just so cool.”
Louis and his wife, a teacher of Farsi to heritage students, have been married for 34 years. They have two daughters who both live in New York. Roya is a doctoral candidate at City University of New York, and Hannah, who recently returned to the United States after serving for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer, is studying education at Columbia University.
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Side note: That eLearning company Louis co-founded, LearnWare, just happened gave FitBloggin’ founder, Roni Noone, her first job 14 years ago. She is more than ecstatic to be able to work with him again and can’t wait for him to experience FitBloggin’.
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