Why did you pursue a career in the instructional design and technology field?
I learned about online learning and educational technology when I was a faculty member at a community college. I saw it as an area that would continue to grow and I knew that there would be opportunities in the future. Plus it still allowed me to be involved in transforming peoples' lives through education which is something that I'm passionate about.
What are some of your day-to-day responsibilities in your roles?
I help faculty use research and educational technologies to remove barriers to student success in their online courses - that's what I consider "Innovation" This means that I'm frequently meeting with faculty and talking about how things are going in their online courses. I also spend a lot of time working with others in my organization to develop the infrastructure so that we can support educational innovation.
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?
Connections with others is really important - that's how I found my first job out of school. When searching for jobs, I would recommend that they find organizations that align with their values or who are trying to work in areas that they would like to be working in.
In what ways did your graduate program prepare you for your career?
I think that the IPT program provided a good foundation for lifelong learning within the field. Tools and processes come and go, but the conversations and connections that I made within the program will continue to be with me throughout my career.
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