Professional Growth Plan
There’s nothing like an accident to put things in perspective. In 2015, I was involved in a motor vehicle accident that put me out of work for close to six months. While on my back, I had time to reflect upon what is important to me and my family. Being out of work for several months was a financial hardship. I could either recover and wallow in self-pity or come up with a plan to better our life. That’s when I came up with a personal strategic plan.
I gave myself the next couple of years to complete a degree at La Salle, explore launching my own consulting business, and start a terminal degree program. With the first two complete, I now find myself entering my second year as a doctoral student in Educational Technology Leadership at New Jersey City University.
There are three key areas plan to focus my energies – Professional Development, Coursework, and Career.
Being involved in professional organizations has always been an activity that has given me much satisfaction. I find attending meetings to be intellectually stimulating, motivating, and personally joyful. However, as an introvert, they can also be particularly stressful. In an effort to overcome this, I have decided to push myself and overcome through repeated exposure. Then all that’s left is the best aspects of cultivating professional relationships and defining myself as a member of the professional communities
In the past year, I have worked hard on developing myself as a leader in the field of Educational Technology. In order to accomplish this, I have joined and become active in several professional societies - at a local, state, national, and international level. Over the past academic year, I have joined the following societies.
Within this research organization, I have joined the following special interest groups, or SIGs: Graduate Student Council; Technology, Instruction, Cognition, and Learning; Design and Technology; and Advanced Technologies for Learning. I have volunteered to be a peer reviewer for paper submissions for the 2019 AERA Annual Meeting in the following content areas: Design and Technology; Science, Teaching, and Learning; Instructional Technology; Learning and Instruction; and Technology-Based Environments.
In early 2018, I completed training in the Blackboard ECP and, shortly after, reviewed my first course. I will continue to be involved with this program as it allows me to keep up with innovative approaches to course design within the framework of the Blackboard LMS platform. This is of particular interest to me as I am a Blackboard administrator at my institution, have provided training on its use to faculty and staff, and look to keep up on my design skills as I transition into a new phase of my career.
After being asked to chair the LGBTQIA Council at the Philadelphia Campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, I joined this consortium as a way to better engage with other professionals in the region. I have joined the regional group
As a service to my industry, I have reached out to different professional organizations offering my services as a reviewer. I have reviewed for the following organizations:
In addition to reviewing proposals, I have been a judge for the following events:
Research Day: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Philadelphia Campus
Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science - Region 1C
Presentations I have given or have been accepted to give, over the past year included:
Create, Innovate, and Re-imagine the World with Robotics
A demonstration on the transformation of teaching and learning with robotics and drones
D.J. Koch - Doctoral Research Assistant
New Brunswick, NJ; August 2017
Robotics and Simulation in Medical Education
NJCU Confucius Institute
Ningxia Province Academic Leaders’ Professional Teaching Capacity Training Delegation
Jersey City, NJ; November 2017
Innovate and Re-Imagine Education with Robotics and Drones
Robots in Clinical Training
NJCU Graduate Programs Webinar, April 2018
Proctoring - Lessons Learned
D.J. Koch, S.C. Wolfe
ExamSoft Assessment Conference 2018
Ft. Lauderdale, FL; June 2018
Utilizing Online Collaborative Tools to Promote New Learning
Magna Teaching with Technology Conference
St. Louis, MO; October, 2018
Stepping Up Your Game With SAMR (submitted)
D.J. Koch, B. McCarty, C. Munn
Hershey, PA; February 2019
In the first year of the doctoral program, I have taken the following courses
Summer Term, 2018
EDTC 801, Summer Institute I
EDTC 802, Principles of Educational Technology Leadership
EDTC 803, Data Analysis and Report Writing
Fall Term, 2018
EDTC 804, Global Issues in Educational Technology Leadership
EDTC 805, Cross-discipline Studies in Technology
Spring Term, 2017
EDTC 806, Research Methods in Educational Technology Leadership
EDTC 807, Implementation and Evaluation of Curriculum
During my first year, my grades were sufficient to allow me to join the following two professional honor societies:
In my second year I successfully completed the following course:
Summer Term, 2018
EDTC 808, Summer Institute II
EDTC 813, Advanced Using Integrated Software across the Curriculum
EDTC 814, Advanced Effective Models of E-Learning
Fall Term, 2018
EDTC 815, Advanced Administration and Supervision of Technology in Educational Settings
EDTC 809, Assessment and Evaluation
Spring Term, 2019
EDTC 816, Advanced Methods for Building Online Communities
EDTC 810, Statistics for Educational Research
My third year will see me finishing my last didactic courses and moving into my research.
Summer Term, 2019
EDTC 811: Summer Institute in Educational Technology Leadership III
EDTC 816: Teaching in the Adult Learning Environment
EDTC 817: Advanced Development and Managing Distance Learning Programs
My research will take place at a small university in the mid-Atlantic region where I will be looking at the effect of gaming elements in a discussion forum on student attitudes of social engagement.
I continue to have an interest in developing a consulting company focusing on evaluating and implementing educational technology solutions in the area of collaborative learning for college-level learners.
In the meantime, I have spent a considerable amount of effort in creating contacts through professional organizations listed above. I have found the process of presenting at meetings and reviewing talk proposals both rewarding and stimulating. An added bonus is the development of new professional connections.
In the spring of 2018, I was asked to be the Chair of the LGBTQIA Council at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. My goal is to implement new procedures, institutionalize programming, and raise awareness of LGBTQIA issues for the faculty, staff, students, as well as our patients through a servant style of leadership (Northouse, 2018). As described above, I have joined the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals with the intent of introducing new programming for the community.
I continue to work to promote myself and others through speaking engagements at conferences and plan on submitting talk proposals in the next year for the following conferences:
Northouse, P. G. (2018). Leadership: Theory and practice. Sage publications.