Identifies and participates in communities of practice within the field of Educational Technology

To demonstrate my ability to identify and participate in communities of practice within the field of Educational Technology, I have two artifacts that I can directly tie to this competency.

  1. As part EDCI 513 Foundations of Learning Design, I was asked to identify career goals and professional associations of interest that would support my professional growth. Through this exercise, I discovered several communities of practice that interested me. I have included my findings that were shared in my Career Goals and Competencies  Week 6 Discussion post. Based on my colleague’s posts, I was make aware of several interesting organizations. Currently, I am a participating member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD, 2014) formerly known as the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).
  2. As part of EDCI 528 Human Performance Technology, I was asked to blog about practitioner-oriented articles/journals such as research study, white paper or theoretical models. In order to find these articles, I (optionally) signed up to be a member of Performance Improvement, Performance Improvement Quarterly, T + D (Training + Development), TM (Talent Management), Harvard Business Review, and Human Resource Development Quarterly. In my Blog Posts in EDCI 528, I applied much of what I’ve learned from the magazine articles to these particular assignments. Now as a member, I thoroughly enjoy reading the monthly T+D publications and I will continue to use ATD as a resource n my everyday job.

In addition to ATD, I plan on joining the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as part of this requirement for the program. I am attracted to ISPI because of its international nature. Since I work with global audiences in my job, I would like to have a point of reference so that I can provide or research relevant content that meets the needs of culturally diverse learners. As I have learned more about Performance Improvement, I can reference the site to learn about ethical standards that guide performance consultants. I know these standards can help guide my thinking and my approach to design solutions in my role. As for the benefit of joining SHRM, I think HR is an area that I need to develop, and is an area that I want to pursue formal education. Therefore, to fulfill my need to learn more without attending formal classes, joining this organization makes sense. SHRM is full of articles and resources to help educate me on such topics as leadership principles, developing a unified culture and work/life balance applications.

I’m actively engaged in the Purdue LDT Facebook group, SAP Jam, and LinkedIn Sales Navigator.