Presenters: Dr. Jennifer Maddrell, Designers for Learning (US) & Dr. Tonia Dousay, University of Idaho (US)
Time and Date: Thursday 17 May 2018, 3 pm SAST
Format: 1 hour Webinar
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What are you doing to cultivate your professional presence in your chosen field? Landing a job (or even just “getting your foot in the door” with an employer) involves far more than taking the right coursework and knowing the latest tools and technologies. It’s also necessary to openly engage in the field to share your work process. By working in the open, you develop your professional presence by giving others the opportunity to know your work product and how you work.
In this webinar, we’ll discuss and showcase examples of an open reflexive process to help you establish your professional presence that is inspired by a book titled Show your Work: 10 ways to share your creativity and get discovered by Austin Kleon. In the book’s introduction, Kleon writes that his readers are those trying to break into a new creative field. He is often asked, “How do I get myself out there? How do I get noticed? How do I find an audience?” Kleon’s response is one we applaud and try to emulate in our work:
“In order to be found, you have to be findable. I think there’s an easy way of putting your work out there and making it discoverable while you’re focused on getting really good at what you do.”
From Kleon’s perspective, those who are successful don’t hoard their work in secrecy, but instead gain an audience by sharing what you are doing as you are doing it. This philosophy of openly sharing is the foundation of the presenters approach to work, as well as the central emphasis of this webinar.
Dr. Jennifer Maddrell is the founder of Designers for Learning, a nonprofit in the United States that facilitates service-learning opportunities to support underserved educational needs. Jennifer completed her Ph.D. in the Instructional Design and Technology program at Old Dominion University where she was awarded a dissertation fellowship to complete this research, and served as an adjunct Assistant Professor.
Dr. Tonia A. Dousay, Assistant Professor in Moscow, Idaho
Tonia A. Dousay, Ph.D., Tonia is a Google Certified Innovator & Google Certified Trainer with more than 15 years of instructional design and eLearning project management experience. She completed her PhD in Learning, Design, and Technology at the University of Georgia, and is a an assistant professor of learning sciences at the University of Idaho, focusing her teaching and research interests on instructional and multimedia design, situational interest of learners, STEM/STEAM teacher education, student-driving learning, and design-based learning. Whether it’s formal classrooms or non-formal learning spaces like makerspaces, the focus is on how we empower learners to be interdisciplinary and take control of their own learning experiences.
She is an active member of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology and on Twitter at @tadousay
Thank you to all who took part in this webinar – to access recording please refer to the Facebook event page