An advantage of eLearning is what I like to call the “wow factor”. Learning science content is not about learning any one topic; it is more about being able to link many concepts together. Web tools are fabulous “wow” tools that greatly benefit the visual learner. My studies in Instructional Technology have made it possible for me to design innovative science content and develop eLearning modules that serve a diverse learner population. Providing effective and appropriate learning experiences requires a teacher to meet the learning needs of the learners. Virtual content facilitation requires me to develop content during what should be considered my personal time, and in the future I would like to see more planning time become part of the teaching profession.
As a doctoral candidate, my perception on the complexity of the role of classroom teacher has broadened. Teachers have a tremendous responsibility to interact with the intelligence and creativity of their students. Integrating technology can greatly influence higher learning; however, Web communication is not without some threats to student safety. My ability to coordinate homework on differing achievement levels, introduce advanced content materials outside of class time, and provide nearly immediate feedback on content assessments, would not be possible without the use of online resources. E-Learning requires me to be vigilant about protocols for online interactions, student-to-student and student-to-teacher. My collaboration with peers, student mentors, and administrators to enforce online behavior standards is crucial. My growth as a professional is evident through my interaction with my peers. As a department chair I model collaborative coaching during weekly team meetings. I regularly participate in small group discussions to support new teachers. I believe communication is the key for progress and vision. I am a fan of education bloggers, such as DeKalb County School Watch and Education Week. I regularly contribute my opinion to discussions and broadcast commentary. Topics such as social media in the classroom and state education policy are logged on my own public blog too. I use twitter to chime in on and support topics such as funding of science education, teacher retirement compensation, and I occasionally rate best group travel for teachers.
As a teacher, I utilize my creativity and passion for learning. My studies at Kennesaw State University have prepared me to further my interest in content development for virtual science curricula. Engaging learners in the online learning process is challenging and exciting. I look forward to graduating. I may even seek out a career as an eLearning content developer. At the moment, I need to focus on my research proposal and prepare for the dissertation.