Throughout my time in the MDE program, I've been very focused on choosing projects and topics that are relevant to my work. My first semester followed quite a bit of discussion of competency-based education at UMUC, so I chose to explore the interaction of CBE with online learning theory. Later I chose projects related to faculty development in my department and program, and to online educational resources.
Over the past two years, I've delved into many work-related topics, without always finding the time to see how I can bring them to life at work. I am proud to say that I've recently been involved in OER curation and development in a way very similar to what I proposed in the business case I created for DEPM 622, The Business of Distance Education and E-Learning. On the other hand, many of the faculty development ideas I have been working on remain on my computer and in my head.
Now that I am nearly finished with this program, I am turning my thoughts to implementation. I have ideas that I believe in, and I am ready to make more of them happen. I will need to draw on, not only my learning about distance education, but also the leadership and management skills that I have been developing. I'm looking forward to it!