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Professional Foundations in LDT

Professional Foundations in LDT

Christopher Christopher Hernandez earned this badge on Jun 7, 2020

This competency domain is an explicit recognition of the current professional status of the instructional design field. As with any profession, this status has associated obligations and expectations. These obligations and expectations range from clear and coherent communication skills to responsibility for advancing the profession and advancing within the profession.

Learners will be expected to showcase mastery in four competency areas:

  • Effective communications.
  • Application of research and theory.
  • Updating and improving personal competence.
  • Responding to ethical, legal, and political implications of design.


Prerequisites

Challenges

  • Reflect on ID Professionalism

    Submit a brief reflection on how you have holistically demonstrated the establishment of professional foundations in LDT. Be sure to touch on each of the four sub-competencies without replicating the reflections used when earning those badges:

    • ID Professional Communications
    • Applying Research and Theory to ID
    • Updating and Improving ID Knowledge and Skills
    • Identifying and Responding to Ethical, Legal, and Political Implications in the ID Workplace

    This supra-badge is to be completed after all of the sub-badges are earned.  

    The “Professional Foundations in LDT” Supra Badge is an important badge for developing the fundamental skills required to work as an instructional designer.

    This Supra Badge mainly focuses on the expectations and obligations of working as a professional instructional designer. This skills demonstrate the ability to communicate, conduct research and apply theory, utilizing continuing education, and understanding the ethical and legal complications of instructional design. These skills are not only fundamental skills to have as an instructional designer but are also skills that are cornerstones of the the industry. In order to demonstrate competency in Professional Foundations of LDT, one must first demonstrate competency in the following badges:

    1. ID Professional Communicator
    2. Applying ID Research & Theory
    3. ID Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes
    4. Ethical, Legal, and Political Implications of Design

    The ID Professional Communicator badge has the sub challenges of writing clear and concise messages, soliciting and accepting feedback, and delivering presentations that effectively engage audiences. Clear and concise communication is an important skill in ID. An instructional designer needs to communicate effectively so that their employer or organization are on the same page as them. A designer must also be able to ask, accept, and provide constructive feedback. There are times that an instructional designer must solicit feedback, but most importantly accept feedback. Accepting feedback can be difficult as we may sometimes take comments personally. We must also be able to provide feedback that is not offensive towards others. Lastly, a designer must be able to deliver presentations that engage audiences with a clear and concise message. This goes back into a designers ability to communicate concisely. Often times we may find ourselves presenting finding or a design to more than one person. So our presentations must stay on topic and drive our main points home.

    Applying ID Research and Theory requires designers to explain key concepts related to instructional design and demonstrating the ability to break down the design process into individual pieces. An effective instructional designer must understand ID’s key concepts in order to effectively convey why they have chosen to develop instruction using a certain methodology. In that same respect, an IDer must also be able to demonstrate their ability to break down the design process so that those who are not familiar design processes can understand the methodology.

    ID Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes calls for IDer’s to participate in professional development, establish and maintain contacts with other professionals, and acquire and apply new technology skills into your design practice. Professional development and applying new skills into design practice go directly hand in hand. Professional development is important for designers as technology is forever evolving. As designers we are obligated to continue learning new skills and technologies that may aide us in developing instruction. In the same respect, we must be able to implement our newly earned skills into our design practice. Another important skill of this badge is maintaining contacts within the design field. This is important as we may want to seek out advice or learn about new opportunities with guidance from our contacts.

    Ethical, Legal, and Political Implications of Design focuses on complying with organizational constraints and ethics. These are important fundamental skills as we can not create instruction without understanding/complying with established organizational needs.

    As I write out the importance of each of these skills/badges I think about how I have come a long way because of these fundamental skills. I find myself growing more effective at communicating effectively with my organization. I recently had an instructional presentation where I conveyed the importance of changing the online distribution method of our online curriculum for the benefit of our students education. I have also grown at accepting feedback from instructors and using that feedback to develop better instruction. I have been able to apply ID research/theory and convey why some instructional practices benefit different types of learning. For instance, since my school is engaged in online learning, I was able to effectively convey that we should be following Horton’s (2018) best practices in eLearning; more specifically in terms of “screen overload.” Because of these badges I have also adopted new technology skills such as utilizing the softwares Camtasia and Snagit. I have been utilizing the softwares to demonstrate to add arrows and video guidelines for learners to follow. I have also utilized my contacts to solicit advice and best practices. Since most of my current projects are used alongside school work, I many times ask professors and fellow students to provide me with advice. Lastly, my current project involves developing a new online learning platform for students at my school. My facility has strict guidelines on student confidentiality. I have been able to take this into account and develop a FERPA (our confidentiality rules) compliant platform that stresses student confidentiality.

    As I have stated above, the skills represented here are fundamental skills within the field of instructional design. I plan to create a set of reminders/guidelines that I can follow for future projects. Following a set of created reminders/guidelines will help me in obtaining information that I will require from an organization before I create any type of instruction/evaluation. In the future, creating a list of guidelines to follow would also help me in communicating effectively with organizations and supervisors. I also plan to continue taking professional development courses. One that I have in mind currently is the Microsoft Education course. This would help me in better understanding Office 365, it’s place in education, and how to instruct others on it’s use.