Mary Ann McFarland
Why did you pursue a career in the instructional design and technology field?
It was the most distinct field from anything I had done up to this point.
What are some of your day-to-day responsibilities in your roles?
I have designed a course based in large part on my final project for my design-track MS degree. I created a training course for professors to teach this course, and was then asked to apply to teach it when there was an opening. So I curated the readings/viewings, crafted the assignments (some came from work I did during my MS program), have developed daily lesson plans, and I am now teaching in the McKay building.
How have you found your jobs? What advice do you have for someone trying to find a job in the instructional design and technology field?
There is such a wide variety of possibilities in this field and you can find nearly anything you want. I absolutely love the course I'm teaching and the students I've had. I'm grateful to the IP&T program for giving me the knowledge to do this.
In what ways did your graduate program prepare you for your career?
I learned everything from theoretical frameworks of learning to practical tips with Zoom in the MS program. I have used the online discussions and other assignments I created in Dr. Graham's blended learning course, along with theory learned in Dr. Kimmon's 629. I used my skills from my internship with BYU Online to build out my course on Canvas, and as I said, my final design project led directly to an invitation to apply and teach the course I had created a training for.
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