This first post will go over my path towards instructional technology, and goals I have for my first semester in the Instructional Systems Technology graduate certificate program from Indiana University Bloomington.
Since starting college in 2010, I’ve worked in higher education. Going from an undergraduate orientation leader and Resident Assistant, to graduate hall director and activities coordinator, to a full-time professional academic advisor I’ve interacted with thousands of college students and helped them transition to higher education academically and personally. I may not have had my own classroom, but I’ve done quite a bit of teaching in all of these roles! For the last 3 years I’ve advised and taught undergraduate students pursuing health careers. Since the COVID 19 pandemic began in 2020, I saw my students struggle with online learning and the sharp transition in their academic and personal lives. I also saw my colleagues shift to a more virtual work environment, with success and challenge. It made me want to learn more about the ways my students were learning through technology, and hopefully transition to a career in instructional design or educational technology someday. I love working in education, and I want to be able to help people learn and teach better. It has become very clear this past year that online learning isn’t going away, and we need people who can help students and educators use technology effectively to keep folks moving forward with their education.
In my first class of this certificate, EDUC R 511 (Instructional Technology Foundations), my goal is to gain a better understanding of the history, current trends and job opportunities in the field of instructional technology. I will do this by reflecting on articles posted for the course (through upcoming blog posts), attending live video meetings with experienced members of the field, and collaborating with others in the course who provide knowledge and experiences from a variety of industries. I am particularly looking forward to Human Performance Technology and the process of developing instructional technology.