Personal learning goals related to instructional design
Since I have worked in HR for over ten years, and I facilitated trainings when I worked in central HR at VCU, I thought I would enter the Adult Learning program in the HRD track. However, when I was exploring potential careers with this degree the idea of an instructional designer was very intriguing to me, especially because it would enable me to stay in higher education if I chose.
About half of my classmates have taken Adult 606–Design & Delivery of Programs. I will be taking it this fall, so perhaps I do not have the foundation that some others have, which does worry me. I think it’s going to take me a while to figure out how to get in the mindset of an instructional designer. That’s OK–I know I am a MUCH harsher critic of myself and my schoolwork than others. But I am very overwhelmed at the amount of proposed work (maybe because I am not familiar with the design process yet?) and I’m anxious to get started on it so I don’t fall behind. I am taking another class this semester, and I had a very rough end of semester in December, so I hope to not duplicate that hell this spring.
While this is the capstone in our concentration, I am only 1/3 of the way through the program, so I am still in my “exploratory” phase of my career (I know I don’t want to do HR anymore and I’m still wishing VCU had an MLS program). I want to soak up everything I’m learning and worry about specifics later. Maybe I’ll do something with educational technology and social media, or maybe I will get further into program administration (something I kind of already do).
I do understand that all the work I am doing here is building to something bigger, and I am planning to work on my blog/Twitter/etc over the next year and a half, as they do represent me online to potential employers. I’m taking a MOOC starting in a few weeks (along with everyone I know!), and I’m trying to build my knowledge of educational technology, instructional design, online coursework, social media and web design in creative ways I can add to my resume.
I am glad that this class is focused on doing instructional design, and I love the idea of practical projects–actually helping instructors put their learning online. I think I will learn a lot from these projects. Maybe I will learn I don’t want to do instructional design! Who knows?!
Photo from NYPL archives.