narrative

Demonstrates the disposition for life-long learning and continuous professional development
Artifacts: Collection from 672, 528 and 660A, respectively

For my entire professional life, I have worked in, on and around the internet, technology and eLearning. Sometimes just as a hobby (blogging) and others as a “real” (i.e. paying) job. I have a passion for sharing information and helping people connect, learn and grow. So naturally, I believe I demonstrate this competency by my passion for learning to the point of pursuing this intense master’s degree in LDT.  To illustrate this, I have chosen an array of artifacts that validates my abilities in this area.

In my 672 Advanced Design class, we combined our instructional design and critical thinking expertise by completing a series of case analyses. At the end of the course, we were asked to write a Reflection on Developing Expertise. From this exercise, I was able to identify my strengths and areas that need further development. This course took my problem-solving skills to a new level and challenged my previous knowledge of analysis. From a developmental experience, I learned how to identify and offer better learning strategies for particular situations. I will continue to build on what I learned from this experience and share it with others.

Another artifact is taken from my Personal Inventory Blog that I created during my EDCI 528 Human Performance Technology (HPT) course. As part of this inventory, I took the opportunity and looked at what I’ve learned about HPT and what I’ve learned that could be applied personally. I now understand the importance of the actual HPT process. Tethering my career to what I have learned in this course is that the HPT process is way more important to businesses than merely a “training” solution. HPT focuses on the causes of performance gaps and then can tie them to the success of the organization based on ROI and the performance of its employees.

HPT resonates with me because HPT looks at deciphering “what caused the problem” so one can provide solutions to get to a desired state. These principles go to the core of what I try to provide with strategic recommendations with my enablement team. Going forward, I plan to seek out leadership opportunities when I am finished with this program. I believe this degree has begun to give me more credibility, confidence and reliability.  HPT is a passion for me because I want to improve work environments for employees. I am very analytic and think systemically by nature so a HPT focus is my “sweet spot”.

From my Seminar class, I created a Career Pathway Reflection. As I am currently in my “dream” job, this exercise gave me an opportunity to explore other career paths interests and what exists in the job market that fits these interests. This reflection helped me connect my new knowledge and skills to various roles that I previously had not identified as options. Through this exploration, I realized that as long as I am able to improve the lives of others and impact organizational change for the better, there are countless job roles/titles that fit within this scope. Although to remain competitive, I will need to continuously improve or expand my skillset.

As an instructional designer or working in educational technology, I fully embrace the fact that designing is ever-evolving, as well as advancements in technology. Therefore, the only way to remain relevant in this field is to embrace life-long learning and participate in continuous professional development.