Professional Learning Plan

Each meeting of the professional learning will take place once a week for four weeks. The first set of meetings will be the instructor and 5 high level technology users (the term high level in my college refers to instructors that are using our online platform for hybrid and/or DE courses already. Each of the 6 in the first group will pair into smaller groups to assist each other in between meetings. Then each of the six in the first set of meetings will meet with 2 instructors each and go through the same four meetings. Continue reading “Professional Learning Plan”

New Heights in Professional Learning

I am not your normal educator. Let me explain. I am a trained Histology Technician, and I graduated in 1995. I went to work in the field and had been at my current place of employment for 3 years when one day I picked up a call that ask if I or someone from the lab could come over and help the students while the instructor was out sick. I agreed and started going over in the afternoons to help the students. Within a few weeks I was offered the job of Program Director, and I have been there since 2001. Continue reading “New Heights in Professional Learning”

Reflections in developing my online course

In the development of this course I used the cognitivist learning theory as a guideline. The standards that are established by the college programs accrediting body follow Blooms Taxonomy as a way of taking the students from a basic beginner’s level to the advanced learner. This is accomplished in the program through steps. In the beginning of the program the courses utilize mostly level 1 and 2 taxonomy level questions. At the halfway point in the year level 2 with a few level 3’s are used. Then toward the end of the year mostly level 3’s are used. Each course follows this progression as well as the entire year of the program. Continue reading “Reflections in developing my online course”

Designing the Perfect Course (not really)

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This course is designed so students will complete this course before the review course at the end of the school year. The last 12 weeks of the school year the students review the material they have learned for the past year. This is preparation for their Registry Exam that they take to become certified histology technicians. Evidence that the course has had an impact on the student’s ability to problem solving will first be seen in the 12-week review course in higher weekly test grades, and better student participation. Ultimately the best evidence would be higher passage scores, and improved passage rate on the Registry Exam.

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Introduction to Problem Solving (EDLD 5318)

This 6-week supplemental course is designed to teach students how to break down a problem into steps to work towards a solution. Students will learn a specific concept that will enable them to solve problems they may experience in the class or laboratory. Week 1 through week 5 will present each step to solving problems, and then week 6 will result in a quiz that will allow students to demonstrate what they have learned. Continue reading “Introduction to Problem Solving (EDLD 5318)”

Being the Leader that can Bring this Plan Together

In order for me to become a self-differentiated leader and successfully implement a plan within my organization to use technology to teach students how to better problem solve then there are some key factors that I need to share.  The principles, vision for my goals, and the outcomes I want with the implementation of this plan are laid out in this blog. There is also a need for me to take a defined stand, in essence be exposed, when others disagree and offer resistance. As I make the changes I need to becoming a self-differentiated leader I will need to recognize sabotage that will take place as changes are made. Remembering that it is not personal and there is no need to get emotional over it, just realize that I am doing my job because sabotage is a sign that change is taking place.

To be successful, it was key for me to understand why I was developing the plan. Simon Sinek said it best when he said, “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it”(Sinek, 2013 Ted Talk). The initial step to leading organizational change was to develop the why, how, and what of the plan I was implementing.

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