The criteria for satisfying the Think Critically and Reflectively competency are:
- Develops a personal vision of inclusive educational practice
- Describes the relationship between Educational Technology and the broader field of Education
- Critically evaluates theory and practice
Artifacts for Think Critically and Reflectively
- EDCI 51300 – LDT Definitions
- Constructive Behaviorism: A Hybrid Theory and Method for Practical Use in Technical Training and Content Development for Software Companies
Justification for these Artifacts
First requirement: “Develops a personal vision of inclusive educational practice”
I chose my initial and revised definitions of learning design from EDCI 51300 to show how I was able to narrow my view of learning design. While I do not think my initial definition was incorrect, my revised definition shows focus and a desire to see theory applied in practice. This has been the biggest part of my growth throughout this program, and finding ways to continue to apply theory will keep me invested in this field for years to come.
Second requirement: “Describes the relationship between Educational Technology and the broader field of Education”
My revised definition from EDCI 51300 literally states the importance of technology in creating educational situations. Learning design will stagnate if it does not constantly and consistently keep a pulse on how rapidly technology is advancing. As an example, mixed reality technologies dropping in price and increasing in availability; I am excited to implement this type of fully-immersive experience with curriculum.
Third requirement: “Critically evaluates theory and practice”
My final paper for EDCI 53100 analyzes theory vs. practice across my current field of employment: content development of educational materials for technology training. The paper, “Constructive Behaviorism: A Hybrid Theory and Method for Practical Use in Technical Training and Content Development for Software Companies,” analyzes the use of behaviorist and constructivist educational practices within a constantly-evolving field. I provided recommendations for actual applications within self-guided distance learning and in-person instructor-led training – all of it based on the theories presented. This is how I want to see theory used, and is a key example of how I will be applying it in the future.