I’ve always loved helping others, and switched to Instructional Design and Technology after I could no longer physically keep up with my love of microscopes and livestock thanks to chronic illness. At the time I was incredibly aware of the disconnect between what those involved in the animal production industry do and what the public perceives those involved in the animal production industry do. I attributed this to an information gap between the two groups, and desperately wanted to address it.
Becoming a student in the humanities changed my world.
A class in Educational Psychology for Instructional Designers introduced me to the concept of Personal Epistemology, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I am still concerned about the information gap between the public, practitioners, and researchers. I am more concerned about the way we approach knowledge and knowing.
Content only goes so far; the way we interact with that content, especially in this digital age, makes all the difference.
My goal as an instructional designer, and a participant in the world, is to give power to the learners: To shift personal epistemology to shift motivations, in order to create empowered learners.