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  • 1. Professional Engagement AssignmentIT 6750: Current Trends and Issues in ITBy: Mae GuerraAs part of my professional engagement assignment I subscribed to a professionalorganization called the Denver Metro E-learning Developers group. This group uses e-mail to share meeting and industry announcements, job leads, plus tips and techniqueswithin the scope of instructional technology. This is the seventh year it has been inexistence and it is growing every day! The group grew from the Denver MetroAuthorware Users Group (DMAUG). Group members develop e-learning andmultimedia using a wide variety of tools. Featured tools include Authorware, Captivate,Director, Dreamweaver, and Flash, along with other Adobe/Macromedia applications andvarious development environments. This group provides opportunity for exchange,interaction and conversation that are vital for improving skills within the IT field. Thegroup collaborates to write, code, and produce cross-platform programs deployed on CD-ROM and DVD, as well as on intranets and the Internet. Questions and activities arebrought to during the informal yet educational meetings. Meetings are free and open tothe public. I enjoy this group because it provides learning activities within the meetingsand allows me to participate in conversations with other professionals within the field.All activities are directly connected to learning more about the IT field and advancedmade within education.The second organization I joined is called the American Society for Training andDevelopment - Rocky Mountain Chapter. On the website for the American Society ofTraining and Development it states the purpose of ASTD-RMC is to support the goals of
  • 2. the national society in linking people, learning and performance. The website also statesthat the mission of ASTD-RMC, is to be a leader in the profession of human learning andperformance, to provide services, products, and resources for its membership and toachieve professional competence and fulfillment. The American society of for Trainingand Development has established the following goals on their website:• Ensure provision of quality resources, educational programs and member servicesfor professional development of its membership.• Inform and educate practitioners of human learning and performance, both withinits membership and within the workplace, about human learning and performanceissues, trends and the role of ASTD-RMC.• Continually assess and anticipate needs within the field of human learning andperformance and build programs and services to meet the needs of the Chaptersmembership.• Encourage the participation and affiliation of its members through Chapteractivities, special interest groups, Chapter publications, Web site, and other meansthat build a forum through which members can exchange ideas, resources andcurrent trends with other members.• Create opportunities for partnerships and alliances with other ASTD chapters,other professional societies, educational institutions, the workplace and thecommunity-at-large.Self-graded Assignment: I give myself the total 10 points because I fulfilled allobjectives in the rubric and have joined two organizations that help me build a betterfoundation in the understanding of the field.