Spector et al. (2008) predict that mobile devices will become increasingly important to learning and instruction, web-based technologies will likely continue to expand in terms of access, open educational resources will grow, instructional models will be better adapted to support the design and development of highly flexible learning scenarios, and that all learning will likely come to be e-learning (pp.808-810). What do you think?
Each of these key areas can affect how learning and instruction is delivered to learners, which in turn affects my future as a new instructional technologist. I find the areas encouraging. I feel that the areas position professionals to be able to reach a broader audience of learner and look forward to being a part of a more globalized education. I agree with Spector et al. (2008) that an optimal balance is critical (p.811). Proper model and theory development will come to require common communities and holistic approaches to learning and instruction (Spector et al., 2008). Meaningful and useful foundations for ongoing future research is important to education in the future, and I hope to be an active part of this process.
Considering where education has been and where it is likely to go, I feel the career of an instructional technologist is incredibly varied in career type and likely to only become more diversified. If you have an interest in a calm and predictable career, education is not the field for you. As instructional technologists, we will not only be navigating through rough waters in the future, we’ll be the helmsmen spinning the wheels. I can’t find this discouraging. I can find it scary, thrilling, and a little uncomfortable- but I couldn’t find it as anything that would discourage me from wanting to deliver quality education into the future.
Spector, J. M., van Merrienboer, J. G., Merrill, M. D., Kim, C. M., and Lee, J. M. (2008). Foundations for the future. In Spector, J. M., Merrill, M. D., van Merrienboer, J., & Driscoll, M. P. (Eds.). Handbook of research on educational communications and technology (3rd ed.) (pp. 807-815). New York, NY: Taylor and Francis.