What Does an Instructional Technologist Do?

14 Oct

Love this… very straightforward explanations of what my job entails! Thanks!

The Instructional Technologist's Blog

Whats one of the first questions someone asks you upon meeting you for the first time…what do you do?  When I tell people that I’m an Instructional Technologist, I often get this look of bewilderment with their eyebrows raised and the next question I get is, what’s that?  I think the most important part of my title is actually the instructional part.  Technology, of course, is part of my job, but the instructional part is what makes it all worth while for me.  So, to answer the question, what does an instructional technologist do…

  • Evaluate new technologies to discover new and better ways to enhance instruction
  • Assist faculty in discovering methods of improving their instruction with and without technology
  • Conduct training sessions teaching faculty and staff how to use new technologies
  • Conduct research studies evaluating the use of technologies and their impact on student learning outcomes
  • Create training materials to…

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My Career – TBD

26 May

As I see my confirmation sponsoree (I don’t think there is a word for this, if there is enlighten me by all means) gets ready to graduate from high school, I am beginning to create her gift – a mini scrapbook of her path through life thus far. As I leave the last few pages blank for her to fill in as she finishes college, I find myself reflecting on the path I took to get where I am today. While creating this gift, I realize there is so much I wish I had known at 17 when I was preparing to enter college… But since my time machine is still on the fritz, I’ll just share some good advice here – maybe a few graduates will read it and be enlightened themselves!

  • Take every piece of advice you receive now with a grain of salt
    Just because something is right for another person – and they assure you that is will be for you too – it really doesn’t mean it is. Majoring in what your parent majored in doesn’t necessarily mean you will live the same life they did, especially in this economy. If that is where your heart tells you to go, then by all means follow in mom or dad’s footsteps! But if you are doing it just because it’s easier than figuring it out for yourself, think twice. This is true for other things too, not just for your college major. For me, I listened to what individuals told me to avoid in college, what path to follow from freshman year to sophomore year, etc. and didn’t realize until probably a bit later than I would have liked, that these people didn’t even go to college. Their word was just opinion. Bad opinion. Not relevant at all for me. Granted, I wish I had taken some advice that I ignored (such as, get to the gym and limit the dining hall visits your freshman year), but that I had to learn on my own. Over all, simply keep in the back of your mind the concept that words from someone else are meant to be reconstructed for better application to your own life… so don’t take them as gold.
  • Salt will dehydrate you
    This is for the freshmen too. Limit your use of salt, especially when you first experience ‘life on your own’ and the party-scene of college. I became dehydrated at least 3 times through my undergraduate degree, two of which required me to go to the ER. I wasn’t drinking enough water, eating/drinking eat-out or ‘on-the-go’ snacks high in sodium, taking too many exercise classes, and not taking care of my body. When I was hungry, I ate what was cheapest and easiest to locate. Not only was this bad for my health, but it was also not smart for my finances. I wish I had packed a lunch more often in my first two years of school… even just having a snack packed for long days is a great idea! Try any of these high protein, low cal snacks!
    So, besides limiting the salt intake (check the sodium content of things, especially packaged foods and drinks), listen to your body, drink more water, and eat a semi-balanced diet. This will be one sure way to avoid a claustrophobic, germ-infested trip to the ER! 🙂
  • Don’t do what you were told to do in high school
    As far as doing your homework – okay, then do what your high school teachers told you, but when doing your homework, keep an open mind. Explore topics related or not to what you are interested in. Don’t be afraid to learn something new (if time allows and you are not cramming for a “forgotten assignment”). My freshman year, I was so worried about keeping my GPA as high as possible that I missed a lot of opportunities to learn about topics relating to my major. Hindsight is 20-20, but I still think if I had more of an open mind and had investigated more subjects that were of interest, I wouldn’t have changed my major as much and might have been more able to focus on what would make me happy once I entered the workforce. 🙂

Well, again, take all of this with a grain of salt, but overall, enjoy college, step out of your comfort-zone every so often, ask MANY questions, and have fun! 🙂



Every atom of y…

15 May

Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear.
-Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

*From: http://thoughtcatalog.com/2013/30-quotes-about-love-for-people-with-too-many-feelings/

Complete list: Bills pre-draft visits

10 Apr

❤ Excited for the new season already! On that note, this new job is screwing up my sleep pattern worse than grad school! 😛 <- That was completely unrelated.

Inside The Bills

NFL teams are allowed to conduct 30 pre-draft visits at their team facility. They typically include interviews and meetings, but not on-field workouts. Here’s the complete list of the Bills pre-draft visitors so far:

April 2 [READ MORE]
QB E.J. Manuel, Florida State
SS Cooper Taylor, Richmond
FS Malcolm Bronson, McNeese State

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QB Mike Glennon, NC State
LB Jamie Collins, Southern Miss.
SS Jonathan Meeks, Clemson
WR Russell Shepard, LSU

April 4 [READ MORE]
QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
LB Kevin Minter, LSU

April 5 [READ MORE]
QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma
OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
TE Ryan Griffin, Connecticut

April 8 [READ MORE]
LB Barkevious Mingo, LSU
WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee
QB Jeff Tuel, Washington State

April 9 [READ MORE]
QB Matt Scott, Arizona
WR Zach…

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Motivational music!

3 Apr



Inspiration Wednesday #ThesisRevivalMission

3 Apr

Excited for August!

Since my #thesisrevivalmission has been delayed (not to my surprise…) I have a new REALISTIC goal…

Complete my thesis by the 95th 2013 PGA Championship at the Oak Hill Country Club… or I can’t attend 😦

After having been offered an interview with the PGA, and having turned it down because another job came up first that I committed to, I figured attending the Championship game in Rochacha (Rochester, NY) can be my reward for “getting thesis done, defended and submitted to 2 conferences (NCA? and ICA)“.

In the meantime, I might even take golf lessons so I can do more than volunteer as the “shot girl” at the J.P. Tracy Golf Tourney this summer 😉 Oh, I should write about that too!

So much to write about, so little time!

The key to successful careers and a fulfilled life

26 Mar

That’s right, I am going to share this essential key, per gratis, because I think it’s so essential to all young professionals (defining young is up for your own interpretation), and the best part, you probably already have all the resources you need to incorporate this into your daily, weekly, and/or monthly life!

The essential piece to add to your life to develop a successful, challenging, enjoyable, and fulfilled life and career is… LEGEN… wait for it… DARY!  LEGENDARY! Okay, that’s not it but I couldn’t help but using it after watching re-runs of How I Met Your Mother as a reward for 3 hours of thesis work… I digress… but this key is so legendarily simple…

The key is to find and add an active MENTOR to your life.

Just in the past weekend alone it became clear to me the amazing benefits of the many fantastic mentors I have/have had in my life, all of which have positively contributed to my progression since my youth.

Later in the week I will have a follow-up post with a formula for finding a perfect mentor for whichever chapter of your life you may be in right now … check back soon!


I wonder, did Barney Stinson have a mentor?

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