number of PD
hours per year
out and attend
evidence of PD
Aaron is an instructional designer for a state
college. In order to document his Professional
Development, he keeps copies of seminar
descriptions, certificates of attendance, receipts,
whatever artifacts he can, hoping it’s enough. He
often thinks he learns as much from online
resources, but since he can’t prove it, he attends
often boring and uninformative workshops, just to
get the certificate of attendance.
Asha is the owner of a small company that offers
workshops and seminars for a variety of
organizations. Each organization seems to want
something different to verify employee
attendance: a certificate, an assessment, or just a
receipt for payment. She gets frustrated when
attendees just show up for the credit, clearly not
interested in what she’s trying to teach.
Phil is Aaron’s supervisor. He reviews and approves
PD activities, but generally has to just trust his
employees. The certificates of attendance don’t
prove knowledge, and he doesn’t know if
employees attend conference sessions, or just
socialize in the lounge. And conferences are so
expensive! Sometimes it seems like off-site PD is
just a nice way to get out of the office.
Instructional Technology is a relatively new as a field, though people
have been performing difference aspects of it for a very long time.
Having different paths to enter other than a specific college degree
provides opportunities for those with informal learning and experience
to work as Instructional Technologists.
Using portfolios provides evidence of skill and ability
above just having a degree, which varies widely
from institution to institution.
Association for Educational Communications and Technology
American Society for Training and Development
International Society for Technology in Education
International Society for Performance Improvement
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