am a lifelong learner. I love to learn. If you examine my career path
you'll notice something very interesting.... I have always been involved
in learning, whether I have been the student, the teacher, the coach
or the instructional designer.
academic goals are inspired by engaging in learning that is real-world
and applies to an area I would like to develop additional tools or
knowledge. I attend professional seminars, workshops and conferences
to share and gain additional knowledge. This fall I am scheduled to
attend the E-Learning Conference and the ICF
Academically, I will continue to attend courses at universities or
schools of higher education. Most likely, for a time, I will be finally
catching - up on my reading list and learning the tools and technologies
that I have not had time to learn while being involved in a graduate
program. See what
I am working on now.
have a few more courses I want to take that are in usability and software
applications like: Advanced Flash, Breeze and Authorware. Some of
these applications I can learn on my own, but there are times when
it is nice to be exploring new knowledge with someone who has a bit
more experience and knowledge. I'll be keeping busy learning new technologies,
design, virtual learning environments, web based applications and
new tools for learning.
is expanding to include consulting and services in instructional learning
technology and instructional design. In December, 2002 I shifted the
focus of my marketing and business positioning to include these new
services. My business is now marketed under "Design To Success,"
which can be found on the Internet at http://designtosuccess.com.
I'm continuing to develop strategic alliances for work as a consultant
in Instructional Learning and Instructional Design in addition to
the current clients and projects I am involved in. Additionally, I
am a strategic partner in several other businesses where I am continuing
to build applications and web tools. I'll have a bit more availability
now to complete the projects for Brain-Trusts,
Coach and Professional
Cart Solutions all of which I am in one way or another a coach,
partner or owner.
of Learning & Virtual Learning Communities
of my interests is developing a Virtual Business Learning Community.
In my Action Research in Fall 2002 I explored this area and now want
to develop this into a learning portal to use with clients and as
a learning community.
am currently exploring technologies and determining ways to make such
a portal sustainable and manageable, while contributing value to the
community at large. One of the compelling questions I have about learning
communities is whether students learn more by having a virtual learning
community to support them in their virtual learning.
sidebar conversation to this interest is exploring Learning Management
Systems and Content Management Systems as a Learning & Knowledge
Management Solution. I expect to be broadening my existing knowledge
in these topics and related issues to strengthen my understanding
of what makes sense in some learning environments and is nonessential
to the business of learning in other situations. Generally, I anticipate
the questions I have are much too broad and will lead me down many
paths of understanding in these topics and related issues of virtual
learning environments and learning communities.
of Practice and Professional Growth
the years I have participated in many professional, service and special
interest groups. What I have often found is a core group of individuals
committed to the vision and practice. I have also found a group of
professionals with whom I would choose to learn, explore and experience
the knowledge and field of the industry. I have noticed I transition
in and out of these groups depending on my needs, interests and professional
anticipate another shift from the existing groups and organizations
into new areas of interest. My profession of business, coaching and
writing is essential and still core to what I am growing and developing.
But the communities of practice and professional growth in the areas
of virtual learning, instructional learning technologies and human
performance improvement are areas I anticipate more shifts and changes
around where I place my professional growth and development. I enjoy
the many list-serves I am on that deal with distance learning, design,
accessibility, issues of usability and learning. I expect that the
next several years will find a settling out of the types of organizations
I rely on to learn and how I spend time researching information and
finding communities of practice that are in alignment with my core
principles and understandings. I also anticipate that new resources
will continue to shift my knowledge and how I work with clients to
achieve specific goals and objectives.
now my plan is to continue professional networking with professionals
in Instructional Learning Technology, Performance Improvement, Web
Development, Writing, Consulting and Coaching organizations.
have enjoyed being in the classroom and teach adults in a variety
of learning environments. I'm looking forward to teaching some of
the virtual courses I have designed. I am also looking forward to
teaching in the Web Learning Environment for Higher Education. I am
currently exploring opportunities to teach as adjunct faculty in the
area of Web Learning and Instructional Learning. I feel the best way
to stay in touch with learning and learners is to be in the classroom
both as a student and as an instructor. I enjoy being with students
and helping them to grow and feel teaching is one of the ways I can
return something back to the community in a way that is empowering
my five year plan I set several goals for professional development.
Many of these are included in this list of acquiring credentials in
of Professional Consultants (2003)
Certificate of Advanced Professional Consultant
Writer's Alliance - Steering Committee & Member
Continued certification/renewal of Professional Certified Coach-
40 Hours Coach Training. Professional Excellence curriculum
- MA - ILT (2003)
- Web Based Learning Certificate (2003)
Coaching Federation - Professional Certified Coach - Recertifed.
Apply for Master Certified Coach in 2004