My professional statement embodies my beliefs and goals concerning the field of instructional design technology (or IDT). Before developing these, I had to come to an understanding of what I feel defines the field of IDT. The definition that resonated most with me was provided by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (or AECT). AECT states instructional technology “is the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources” (AECT, 2008). To me, instructional technology is about teaching and learning, and I see this demonstrated in AECT’s wording - facilitating, improving, creating, using, and managing - as both instructor and learners are actively involved in the processes.
As I progressed through my program at the University of Tennessee (or UTK), I began to develop interests in three particular areas: adult education, online course design and development, and professional development and training. These interests are featured heavily in the projects described in the professional statement and included in this portfolio (see WORK SAMPLES). Those projects, as well as my other experiences during the graduate program, helped to determine my professional goals. I want to develop and design course content and curriculum in a higher education or corporate setting. I am also interested in providing professional development and training opportunities for faculty and staff. These goals, as well as how I intend to accomplish them, are explained in my professional statement.
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