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Develops a personal vision of inclusive educational practice 
Artifact: EDCI 660A – 660.Initial&Final Reflective Essay

Through the assignments in 660A, I was able to develop my own personal vision of Educational Technology and then critically refine my definition. As I continue to grow my knowledge through experience and research, I am certain that my definition of Education Technology will continue to mold and change who I am as an educator and instructional designer. In reviewing my initial and revised definition in EDCI 660A, the evolution is clear. The final definition encompassed a much richer explanation.  As instructional designers, we must rely on the latest research and best practices to make design decisions. These design decisions are guided by the learning objectives and best practices to promote learning. The definition itself will take on many different forms as I expand my knowledge, experience, and research. As a life-long leaner, I am not done pushing the envelope and embracing change based on new methods and research.

Describes the relationship between Educational Technology and the broader field of Education
Artifact: EDCI 513 Foundations of Educational Technology – Initial and Revised Definitions of LDT

The artifacts I have selected to demonstrate my ability to think critically and reflectively where chosen to highlight my growth in describing the relationship between educational technology and the broader field of instructional design. The change in my definitions shows my evolution in defining the relationship between educational technology and instructional design.  Over the course of the class and discussions (EDCI 513), my view shifted to include classifications that focused on improving skills through a greater understanding of pedagogy.

When I first started this program, I was more focused on educational technology versus the broader field of instructional design because I came from a technical background.  Through the course of the program, I have come to understand that solid pedagogy is the foundation of effectively using educational technology and instructional design.  I expect I will continue to change my vision of what is expected as I grow my professional network

My initial and final essay illustrate this competency as they show my growth of thought in regards to LDT.  I was able to understand that the “magic” of a learning experience is created when the relationship between the complex, systematic processes and the theory is applied in the practice of designing and facilitating training.

LDT Definition

Critically evaluates theory and practice
Artifact: EDCI 531 Learning Theories & Instructional Design – Behavorism, Cognitive Information Processing and Constructivism Case Studies

To demonstrate my ability to critically evaluate theory and practice, I’ve included my learning theory case studies from EDCI 531 Learning Theories & Instructional Design.  Each of these case studies is an example of how I would implement one of the three main learning theories.  The case studies have the same business scenarios but the three solutions are tailored to different learning theories.  These case studies show my ability to think critically about how to implement and practice that theory. For example, in the Behaviorism case study, I identified appropriate reflective questions and provided solutions that included using a multi-step training programs that utilizes positive feedback. This theory is called the “shaping approach” which illustrates how a training program can continually reinforce the positive benefits to its users.

Overall I feel my understanding of Educational Technology and its role in the field of education has broadened further as I’ve progressed through the LDT program.  I’ve gained a deeper understanding of how technology plays a key role in instructional design and have learned how to utilize different technologies to develop training.  My view of performance improvement now includes not only training but a suite of other interventions.  As I gain more experience with instructional design, my expertise will improve to be able to see more clearly how the theories apply to situations.

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All in all, I think my initial/revised Educational Technology definitions (from EDCI 513) and learning theory case studies (EDCI 531) both demonstrate my ability to develop a personal vision of educational practice, describe Educational Technology and critically evaluate theory and practice. As I spend more time applying the theories and observing them in practice, I feel that I will continue to grow my ability to critically evaluate situations and offer strategic approaches.