1Professional Engagement AssignmentIT 6750: Current Trends and Issues in IT~ 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-mailto share meeting and industry announcements, job leads, plus tips and techniques withinthe scope of instructional technology. This is the seventh year it has been in existence andit is growing every day. The group grew from the Denver Metro Authorware Users Group(DMAUG).Group members develop e-learning and multimedia using a wide variety of tools. Featuredtools include Authorware, Captivate, Director, Dreamweaver, and Flash, along with otherAdobe/Macromedia applications and various development environments. This groupprovides opportunity for exchange, interaction and conversation that are vital forimproving skills within the IT field.Known for collaboration, the group writes code and produces cross-platform programsdeployed on CD-ROM and DVD, as well as on intranets and the Internet. Questions andactivities are brought to during the informal yet educational meetings. Meetings are freeand open to the public. I enjoy this group because it provides learning activities within themeetings and allows me to participate in conversations with other professionals within thefield. 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 thenational society in linking people, learning and performance. The website also states thatthe 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.
2The American society of for Training and Development has established the following goalson their website:Ensure provision of quality resources, educational programs and member services forprofessional development of its membership.Inform and educate practitioners of human learning and performance, both within itsmembership and within the workplace, about human learning and performance issues,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 Chapter activities,special interest groups, Chapter publications, Web site, and other means that build a forumthrough which members can exchange ideas, resources and current trends with othermembers.Create opportunities for partnerships and alliances with other ASTD chapters, otherprofessional societies, educational institutions, the workplace and the community-at-large.