IT595 Week 3

Topic: Instructional/Educational Technology as a Profession and Professional Associations

  • Text: Reiser & Dempsey (Eds) (2011) Ch. 26, 27, &28

The goals of this session are for you to gain an understanding of (a) how you are going to place yourself as a practitioner or a researcher within the context of the definition of our field, (b) find an ideal job and identify how to become an ideal candidate, and (c) identify what are  standards and competencies of professionals in our field. The readings and discussions you engage in will help you prepare your Definition Concept Map and Professional Statement assignment.

Asynchronous Activities on Blackboard Due Prior to Synchronous Class Meeting on 9/6

Due: Your post is due 9/4 at 7pm and your comments to other participants are due 9/5 at 7pm.

  1. Professional association scavenger hunt and discussion
  2. Professional competencies analysis and discussion
  3. Ideal job search and discussion
    • Search for an ideal job that you are interested in applying in the future. You can rely on one of the above professional association websites, find your own job database, or go to the additional following sites:
    • For the purpose of this task, you can choose a job posting that has already expired.
    • Post the URL to the job description in the designated discussion board and comment on why it is an ideal job for you, how the job fits into instructional/educational technology, and skill sets you need to develop to become a competitive job candidate.
  4. Post comments to your assigned peers--Rotation A
    • Read posts of your assigned peers for all of the above discussions and provide your comments by 9/5 at 7pm. Your assigned peers are posted in Blackboard, follow Rotation A. Note, you are welcomed to provide comments to participants other than your assigned peers.

Synchronous Activities on 9/6 During Class Hours on Blackboard Collaborate

Discussion Material


  1. Logistical check in
  2. Asynchronous activities summary, synthesis, and whole group discussion
  3. Instructor Presentation
  4. Breakout Room Discussions (Activity Description)
  5. Whole Class Discussions



  1. Individual check in with instructor as needed and individual work time for class.

Last updated September 5, 2012