One of my passions as an educator is to empower students and faculty alike to surmount obstacles to effective teaching and learning. My quest as a composition and literature professor to harness the affordances of instructional and disciplinary technologies to create innovative critical and literacy learning opportunities for my students, opportunities that would not be possible in non-digital environments, led me to pursue an additional graduate degree, and M.Ed. in Digital Educational Leadership through Seattle Pacific University.
As college students become increasingly diverse in terms of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, learning styles and abilities, and learning preparation, and as higher ed institutions increasingly turn to digital and distance education projects in efforts to provide instruction for all and also in efforts to gain an edge on a tight market, teaching faculty like me who are skilled both as subject matter experts and as instructional design leaders have unprecedented opportunity to create effective learning environments for students and to contribute to innovative institutional approaches.
Faculty who are also educational technologists are uniquely positioned both in their teaching practice and at the institutional level to provide the strategic leadership and thoughtful pedagogy that maximize ways technology can meet instructional ends.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a global network of educators that has provided educational technology standards for students, educators, administrators, and coaches for two decades. ISTE’s six Standards for Coaches provide the framework for the evidence-based portfolio of teaching and leadership artifacts and experiences that I present here.
ISTE Standard for Coaches 1: Visionary Leadership – Technology coaches inspire and participate in the development and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive integration of technology to promote excellence and support transformational change throughout the instructional environment.