David Ta is our Learning Management System (LMS) Administrator. He has been with the team for about a year. We asked him to give us insight into what his role entails, what a regular workday looks like for him, as well as what he enjoys doing in his free time.
Saylor Academy: Hi David! Tell us how long you have been with the team and a little about your background.
David Ta: I joined the Saylor team in November of 2020, so I have not been here that long. Before this, I was with a company called ‘Remote Learner’ where we did a lot of training in learning management systems and hosting with different companies. Before working with them, I had a mostly higher education background. I got my Bachelors degree in communication studies in German, and my Masters degree in communication.
SA: Can you tell us about your role as well as what you do here at Saylor?
DT: I am the LMS administrator, so basically my job is to make sure that the learning management system is up and running, and all the courses are in working order. I also help everyone upload content, design content, and pretty much help wherever I am needed; whether it is with the education team or members within my own team.
SA: What is your typical day like?
DT: A typical day starts out with going onto our LMS and making sure everything is working, checking in with teammates, and then going on with whatever project I am working on. Currently, what I am working on is the MBA program; making sure we are as ready as we can be when we launch. Also, making sure students have an easy path going into the program.
SA: What is it that you enjoy most about your role?
DT: What I enjoy most is the design work and making sure that everything is easy to use; I am a big fan of easy access and making sure students get to the content they need.
SA: What are your hopes for the future of Saylor Academy, or online education as a whole?
DT: My hope for the future is to continue growing Saylor Academy, and improve upon what we already have. Building out these learning paths and programs, such as the MBA, and giving these students a set of skills they can take with them to whatever they want to do in life; whether it be continuing their education, or improving the position they are in at their workplace.
SA: When you are not working, what do you like to do?
DT: I’m a big gamer so I like playing video games. I am also a big fan of online games such as ‘Magic Online’ and ‘Mortal Kombat’. I am a runner as well; I usually run 4 miles once or twice a day.
SA: If you could have dinner with any famous person, who would you choose?
DT: President Obama because I am interested in knowing about his experience, and the intersections with his identity in the role he was in. He genuinely sounds like a really interesting person.
SA: What is one thing on the very top of your bucket list?
DT: I would like to go to Antarctica, just to see what it is like.