Reflective Practice

Let’s take a little hike to this reservoir in the woods, and stare at ourselves like Nacissus. This site is designed with the original intent of being my professional and academic portfolio. As I am rounding out my degree and finally making this website which has been, to say the least…. a self professed mess for the last couple semesters. QUESTION: Why did you have to change to blocks, WordPress? Now none of my cool plugins work and my coding skills are so minimal. Okay back on to the path, of staring at myself in a pool of clear mountain water.

Adopt a critical stance toward your work, promoting effective practice and responsible use of technology.

Looking at my work critically, to me, only means one thing, the negatives; “what I could do better? what I could change? what I could be if I tried harder…?” The list of negatives goes on and on. As I define my reflective practice I am going to try something new, my accomplishments.

Through this program I have honed my skills as a designer focusing firstly on the intent of how to design to teach adults theoretically; models and overarching designs that have worked. A few project I have created that focus on the theme/theory/ and design of adult learning are as follows: Design Thinking with Logic Models, Constructivism, and Adult Learning Realized.

When reading S.B. Merriam’s book, Linking Theory to Practice, I realized that most adults learn best when there is more of constructivist version of learning, people gain knowledge form experiences they have. By playing, tinkering, and learning something new through an experience. Technology yet again, creates the ease of learning new things and experiencing something different right in your living room.

Taking that experience and adding, relevant content and curating resources to expand that experience. Again with the rise of MOOCS and other open sourced platforms on a range of issues for information, people are able to learn in much more streamlined online situations than ever before. Conversely although information is easy to come by, big data from internet searches and the vast amounts of information is so that you can circle in your own ideas and never see the range of ideas. Being an eLearning and ID adult learning educator is more than providing or presenting curated list, it is about sifting through information to find appropriate and creative ways to convey information to a range of learning preferences. Technology can often be the distractor of the information and curating ranges of learning preferences is something that I still grapple with. This is the something that will reflect and depend on who and where my learners are in the process of their educational journey.

An important part of those step is not only learning about the resources that explain the ideas about but disseminating with others in the same experience with their viewpoints. Technology is such a blessing to this part of the learning process and creates such ease. Most of us, have at our fingertips the ability to learn in conjunction and asynchronously with others about similar topics with a range of different ideas. You also have the ability to create community through learning. The times I have learned the most have been through traveling and within those times I have always had a person or people guiding me or helping to reflect, I was able to bring those experiences to

The next part of the step is constructing method from madness, this is where cognitive learning comes in. Having appropriate amount of labeled steps with instruction is where the theory can become reality. This is where I focus myself for learning that is more hard skill training. I believe that you can shorten the previous stages or even have this step be the resources or curated list. As Malcolm Knowles states in the first of four stages that an adult learner HAS to be interested to be motivated by learning. Thus making the other steps even more important to show. For an interview project with Blackbaud (which I sadly did not get the job), I made the following slides with a small amount of information keeping the first steps in mind and employing storytelling.

Although many of my thoughts and practices will shift with whatever organization I am working for but I think having these foundations have made me a better designer. I also think these practices will constantly be shifting and changing with technology and new research I want to always dedicated to design thinking and iterating what I think is best.

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