What does professional development mean to you? Can you measure it? Can you define it as one particular type of development? Perhaps most importantly, is your definition the same one your employer uses to measure you?
Okay, I have a confession to make. This was originally the talking point of my first post for the One Post A Day project. However, it had a very different spin, and a very different flavor was coming across. I think I’m glad I kept it in draft form, because the discussion that’s been happening in the LDSC has allowed me to rethink how I personally want to approach my own professional development.
How do you want to be viewed on the campus? We’ve moved from talking
about instructional design to more of a learning design reframing.
Being active, pushing peers and supervisors to rethink the definition
of professional development. Perhaps that’s really the point: while I
can push the peers and supervisors to think differently, the first step
is mine. I’ve sort of embraced this mindset over the last several
months, but it has been a process starting as a gradual awakening and
moving toward a reframing. That being said, sitting here today I’ve
realized that using a blog as a professional development tool is a
great idea. I need to provide some structure but, in the end, being
able to track what I have done and, just as (if not more) importantly,
to point to the direction in which I want to move and the goals I want
So tonight, while I’m drinking my dirty martini
and joining in the podcast for Chicken And Stars, I am going to be
rethinking my professional space at Penn State–my person, my job, and
my digital presence. In the coming weeks I will be taking advantage of
the new tools that Moveable Type 4.2 can put in my hands, and upgrade
my professional space. I’m excited about this idea and others that I
have been exposed to over the last couple of days. [Tangentally, I have
to tell you: I’m listening to a discussion in the background about
people new to the backchannel and their reaction to it. How it’s been
great. How it’s added an entirely different level to the discussion.
This makes me feel good, because I think, in some small way, I have
been a part of their discovery. I love this, because I think it’s a
very real part of me.]
Now how do I leverage all of this into the job of my dreams? What kind
of job would allow me to engage in the conversation, to create the
exitement, to allow people to experience the possibility of community
engagement and being able to move to the next step. I really don’t
know, but the possibility that it is out there, somewhere, just waiting
for me to find it, it is the small glow of light in my dark tunnel. I
it is the end of the tunnel, and not an oncoming train.