"Taking the time to think and contemplate metacognitively” (Kilbane and Milman, 2003, p. 63)
This page contains artifacts that asked for reflections of assignments, courses, and my IDT portfolio.
Reflection Task Reflection
Prior to my time in ITMA I cannot say that I valued reflection too much. Of course It has always been something that I was asked to due for a course in undergrad or in my professional setting as a courtesy. In my professional setting reflection is asked during and after meetings between departments or meetings within the department. However, no one ever really checks if you have done so and it is really only required if you want to better yourself as a clinician/administrator. My view on reflection has completely flipped as I wrap up my time in the ITMA program. I have realized that without reflection you cannot measure your growth. Anyone can say that they have grown following instruction, experience, discussion, etc. It takes a real professional to sit back and ask themselves how they grew, in what ways did they grow, how will it effect them personally or professionally? There are endless questions to ask to really reflect, and it is likely not enough to think about your growth, you should take the time to write and criticize your growth.
This assignment asked me to reflect on potential needs in my professional context, and asked me to discuss which of those needs could be addressed by instruction. I never took the time to look at my professional context in terms of ID prior to my time in the program. Now that I have, I have continued to think about needs that could be addressed by instruction. I believe that when I land a full time position as an athletic trainer, I will continue to think of these needs and I would like to create instruction that could solve them if allowed by my employer.
This assignment tasked me with reflecting on how I approached ID prior to my journey through the ITMA program. To summarize, I had little to no knowledge on theories of ID. Of course I gained the proper knowledge throughout my time in the program and I can walk away from this program knowing that my past practices were elementary and can always be adjusted to better my instruction.
This assignment tasked me with reflecting on current practices I use in my personal and professional setting. I am confident in my use of design principles and theories whether that be in my personal or professional setting. I hope to continue to sharpen my instructional "knife" as I implement what I have learned into the real world. I realize that instruction is never perfect, but if you follow design principles you are likely to come across a product that is enough to foster learning. If that final product does not, well that is what evaluation is for and highlights the importance of the cycle of instructional design.
For this assignment I was tasked with discussing how the ITMA program impacted me, and how my life will be different because of my new skills. Prior to my time in the program I had no idea how much this would effect me personally and professionally. I am most proud of the impact it has made on me as a clinician in my professional context. My patient interactions are better, my views on the holistic approach to medicine are better, and the importance of goal setting has been reiterated to me. As I wrap up my time in the program, I can say that I will be a better instructional designer, and most importantly my patient care will be enhanced because of the importance to detail with ID theories.
For this assignment I created a revision plan for my IDT portfolio. This plan included many details I needed to address before submittal. I believe this portoflio is like a yin and yang that shows the importance of reflection. On the one side you have artifacts that provide a physical form of how you performed a subtask. On the other side you must put into words what you gained from completing the artifact and prove that you achieved what was necessary to check off that "box".