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ID Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes

ID Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes

Christopher Christopher Hernandez earned this badge on Sep 9, 2019

Update and improve knowledge, skills, and attitudes pertaining to the instructional design process and related fields.


  • Participate in professional development activities

    Submit evidence of:

    • Completing professional development training.
      • Examples: LDT Technology Badge, Certificate of Training/MOOC, other evidence of completed professional development trainings (design, performance, workplace, educational, other).
    • and/or Membership in professional communities/associations.
      • Examples: AECT, ISTE, ELearning Guild, Quality Matters, etc.

    For the competency “Participate In Professional Development Activities,” I have chosen to submit my DIR Floortime 201 certification.

    The DIR Floortime 201 certification is awarded to educators who can prove their competency in the basic understanding of using the Developmental Individual-differences Relationship model to help students develop and maintain developmental capacities 1-3. This is done through a 4-month intensive class in which participants must demonstrate, through video recorded sessions, their use of Floortime with students or individuals with neurodevelopmental delays. This artifact meets the challenge as it is evidence of a completed professional development training. Although this is a professional development certificate, any person from a mother or father to educators and therapists can obtain this certification and is not a work requirement.

    I have been working within the DIR Floortime teaching model for over three years and when reflecting on my 201 certificate, I am glad that I am recognized as attaining a level of competency within the model. DIR is the methodology of learning through relationships and Floortime is the teaching application of that methodology. This methodology is typically used when teaching students with neurodevelopmental delays and involves forming “friendships” with students so that we can engage them in discovery, inquiry, and problem-based learning. Having even a small level of competency goes a long way, but it does remind me that I have a long way to go as there are several other certifications I can obtain. The four-month intensive course covers the learners understanding of the first three developmental capacities. These capacities are shared attention and regulation, engagement and relating, and purposeful communication. Participants must prove that these three capacities can be attained within a Floortime session. Although these seem easily attainable, students with autism and other delays often struggle with self-regulation and communication.

    I am proud that I am actively involved in continuing both my education and professional development. My hopes are to continue working within the DIR Floortime model and attain the highest level certification which would allow me to provide consultation to families.
    201 Certificate.pdf 201 Certificate.pdf
  • Establish and maintain contacts with other instructional design professionals

    Submit evidence of a documented communication with professional contact(s) in the field (back and forth communication) - and/or- documentation of establishing contacts with other instructional design professionals.

    • Examples: Volunteering at AECT, volunteer teaching assistant, participating in roundtable discussions, research projects, holding workshops, e-mail or Facebook communication, etc.


    For the challenge “Establish and maintain contacts with other instructional design professionals,” I have chosen to submit emails that show proof of continued contact with another professional in the industry.


    This past June, the International Science and Technology in Education organization (ISTE) held their 2019 conference in Philadelphia. Amongst many speakers, individuals had the opportunity of volunteering to run a “playground” presentation in order to showcase their work. I found myself chosen to run a playground presentation about my work in STEM with students with developmental delays. The most integral part of this was remaining in contact with Peter, my ISTE host. Peter helped to keep me updated on scheduling and other events that I may have wanted to attend during the day.


    Something I often struggle with is reaching out to and carrying conversations with other professionals. Many of my current colleagues and I have a friendly rapport. However, when reaching out to other professionals, I always seem to be stricken with anxiety. I seem to become overwhelmed with this sense of “can I say this?” or “is it unprofessional to phrase something this way?” I also worry that my replies may be too long or too short. This is obviously something I will overcome with time.


    My challenge materials meet the challenge as they show documented communication with a professional contact as well as holding a workshop. I hope to keep in contact with Peter as well as other professionals within the industry.

    Gmail - ISTE TEN Playground! 1.pdf Gmail - ISTE TEN Playground! 1.pdf
    Gmail - ISTE TEN Playground Wednesday morning 2.pdf Gmail - ISTE TEN Playground Wednesday morning 2.pdf
    Gmail - Thank you! 3.pdf Gmail - Thank you! 3.pdf
  • Acquire and apply new technology skills in instructional design practice

    Submit evidence of sharing of ideas, best practices or application of new technology skills in the field.

    • Examples: Publications, professional presentations, blog posts, work trainings, adding technology into classrooms, online discussions where sharing of ideas or resources are used, other evidence of acquiring and applying new tech skills in ID practice (design, performance, workplace, educational, other).

    For the challenge “Acquire and apply new technology skills in instructional design practice,” I have decided to submit a work-related staff training along with its related document that I have developed.

    Occupational Therapy staff at my institution had often felt as if they were still living in the past when it came to writing therapy notes. This is because notes at our school were still handwritten while most other schools have moved on to digital note writing. After a few YouTube video searches, I managed to acquire the new technology skill of creating forms within Microsoft word documents and pdfs. Utilizing this new skill, I converted our staff’s notes into digital notes. I then shared these resources along with a video detailing how to use these notes.

    Among other things, learning new tech skills to implement in the workplace is a part of my job. The school I work in is just making its way into the digital age, and I am helping them along by constantly learning and utilizing new tech skills.

    When reflecting on this challenge, I have to say I owe a lot to this master's program. I feel as if my skills have become much sharper when it comes to creating and sharing ideas/applications of technology. I hope to continue growing and sharpening my skills and I am confident that this will happen as time progresses. Unfortunately, at the time of submitting this, I do not have a work verification form to submit for peer review. This is because I am currently on vacation and will not be back at work until next week. I plan on having all of my materials gathered by the time I submit this challenge in Passport.

    New OT daily notes blank.docx New OT daily notes blank.docx
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