In early courses in the program, course content is delivered in a structured, measured way so that the student could easily grasp and process the influx of new ideas and experiences. This benefited those of us, like myself, who were new to the world of instructional design, but also benefited the more experienced instructional designers who were seeking advanced degrees to enhance their careers. I liken these early courses to riding a tricycle--the rider is not going to fall over and just needs to stay seated and peddle. As the program progressed, the courses became less regimented, and we were encouraged to grapple with ever more complex ideas and learning problems, like someone riding a bike first with training wheels and then without around a quiet, residential neighborhood. The two-course capstone sequence (EDIT 732, and EDIT 752) is like riding a road bike on a busy road. We had to draw on our earlier experiences and knowledge, but we had to keep pedaling so other cars did not hit us as we completed our ride. It has been an exhilarating trip that validates our journey from EDIT 526, EDIT 704, and EDIT 705 to today. It is valuable to look back at that journey to see how far I have come.

Below please find a linking of courses and artifacts to instructional design and development competencies from the International Boards of Standards for Training, Performance, and Instruction (IBSTPI). After reviewing my coursework and coursework artifacts, I consider myself to be proficient in the standards listed below.

Professional Foundations | Standard | Applicable Course(s) | Proficiency* |
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Communicate effectively in visual, oral and written form (Essential) | EDIT 590, EDIT 601, EDIT 611, EDIT 701, EDIT 704, EDIT 705, EDIT 730, EDIT 732, EDIT 752 | Proficient | |

Apply current research and theory to the practice of instructional design (Advanced) | EDIT 526, EDIT 573, EDIT 590, EDIT 611, EDIT 701, EDIT 704, EDIT 705, EDIT 730, EDIT 732, EDIT 752, EDIT 772 | Proficient | |

Update and improve one's knowledge, skills and attitudes pertaining to instructional design and related fields (Essential) | EDIT 526, EDIT 575, EDIT 601, EDIT 701, EDIT 704, EDIT 705, EDIT 730, EDIT 732, EDIT 752, EDIT 772 | Proficient | |

Apply fundamental research skills to instructional design projects (Advanced) | EDIT 590, EDIT 611, EDIT 704, EDIT 705, EDIT 730, EDIT 732, EDIT 752 | Proficient | |

Identify and resolve ethical and legal implications of design in the work place (Advanced) | EDIT 526, EDIT 701, EDIT 704, EDIT 732 | Proficient | |

Planning and Analysis | Conduct a needs assessment (Essential) | EDIT 611, EDIT 704, EDIT 705, EDIT 730, EDIT 732 | Proficient |

Design a curriculum or program (Essential) | EDIT 611, EDIT 705, EDIT 732 | Proficient | |

Select and use a variety of techniques for determining instructional content (Essential) | EDIT 611, EDIT 704, EDIT 705, EDIT 730, EDIT 732, EDIT 752 | Proficient | |

Identify and describe target population characteristics (Essential) | EDIT 611, EDIT 704, EDIT 705, EDIT 730, EDIT 732, EDIT 752 | Proficient | |

Analyze the characteristics of the environment (Essential) | EDIT 704, EDIT 705, EDIT 730, EDIT 732 | Proficient | |

Analyze the characteristics of existing and emerging technologies and their use in an instructional environment (Essential) | EDIT 575, EDIT 611, EDIT 704, EDIT 705, EDIT 730, EDIT 732, EDIT 752 | Proficient | |

Reflect upon the elements of a situation before finalizing design solutions and strategies (Essential) | EDIT 611, EDIT 704, EDIT 705, EDIT 730, EDIT 732, EDIT 752 | Proficient | |

Design and Development | Select, modify, or create a design and development model appropriate for a given project (Advanced) | EDIT 611, EDIT 704, EDIT 705, EDIT 730, EDIT 732 | Proficient |

Select and use a variety of techniques to define and sequence the instructional content and strategies (Essential) | EDIT 611, EDIT 704, EDIT 705, EDIT 730, EDIT 732 | Proficient | |

Select or modify existing instructional materials (Essential) | EDIT 704, EDIT 732 | Proficient | |

Develop instructional materials (Essential) | EDIT 611, EDIT 704, EDIT 705, EDIT 730, EDIT 732 | Proficient | |

Design instruction that reflects an understanding of the diversity of learners and groups of learners (Essential) | EDIT 611, EDIT 704, EDIT 705, EDIT 730, EDIT 732 | Proficient | |

Evaluate and assess instruction and its impact (Essential) | EDIT 611, EDIT 705, EDIT 730, EDIT 732, EDIT 752 | Proficient | |

Implementation and Management | Plan and manage instructional design projects (Advanced) | EDIT 573, EDIT 705, EDIT 732, EDIT 752 | Proficient |

Promote collaboration, partnerships and relationships among the participants in a design project (Advanced) | EDIT 705, EDIT 730, EDIT 732, EDIT 752 | Proficient | |

Apply business skills to managing instructional design (Advanced) | EDIT 573, EDIT 705,EDIT 730, EDIT 732, EDIT 752 | Proficient | |

Design instructional management systems (Advanced) | EDIT 704, EDIT 705, EDIT 730 | Proficient | |

Provide for the effective implementation of instructional products and programs (Essential) | EDIT 704, EDIT 705, EDIT 730, EDIT 732 | Proficient |

* Proficiency is rated on the following Likert scale: Proficient, Somewhat Proficient, Not Proficient, Not Addressed