My name is Yevgen Yasynskyy and this is my process portfolio that outlines my journey through the Masters of Education (Distance Education) program with Athabasca University. I would like to share with you bits of my previous professional background; my thoughts on my learning goals and how achieving them helped me in my professional life. Also, I would like to present you with five artifacts that I have chosen to support accomplishing MEd program competencies.
My Learning Journey
To understand my passion for Education, I should probably start from the time I was born. On a serious note it does have some merit. When I was born, both of my parents were professors of mathematics/computer science in a traditional university in Ukraine. They fostered my love for education from a very young age, and I was exposed to a university life on a regular basis. I completed high school with honors and before life took me to Canada in 2001, I graduated with a Masters Degree in Computer Science and Baccalaureate Degree in Economics with a specialization in Finance from Chernivtsi National University. I also had some experience in programming for financial institutions. All that and my desperate search for work helped me to land my first professional job in Canada at Athabasca University almost 14 years ago.
This brings me to the long journey of roles' transitions within Athabasca University that has led me to select this program. I started at AU by helping to build a Student Information System for the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology to help tracking students applications, admissions, and students' progress in the program, practicum, thesis/final project, etc. With the passing years, my roles at AU has gone from software/applications development to business analysis, software design, training, managing technical help desk for the Centre, as well as helping with course production and delivery. I had to grasp many aspects of the University business processes and systems used within. My interest in the concept of distance education grew exponentially and I've made a decision to the start Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Instructional Design (PBCID) in the winter of 2012. It was a logical progression to enhance my skills in this area; to assist me in bringing more expertise and systematize my knowledge about distance education delivery. After the completion of the PBCID (courses Instructional Design, Learning Theories and Program Evaluation courses), I realized that I still have a lot to learn. I laddered to the Masters of Education (Distance Education) program in the winter of 2014 eager to learn more. My main point of interest was and still is: the use of technology in Distance Education. My reasons are I have always held this passion from my previous education, personal, and work experience. This decision was met with great enthusiasm from my Faculty of Health Disciplines (FHD) management and they fully supported my learning goals.
- Learn about effective Instructional design strategies to help build interactive, better quality courses and enhance learning experiences of FHD students.
- Structure my existing knowledge of distance education and learn more through the research findings of the scientific community in the area.
- Gain knowledge on effective use of technology in distance course delivery and to explore popular tools that support learning.
- Explore theory behind Program Development and Program Evaluation, to understand the "bigger picture" of distance education.
- Push my boundaries in academic writing using English as a second language.
- Experience first-hand online learning from the student's perspective.
- Strengthen my resume by completing the MEd program which will add value to my existing experience in this field.
For the purpose of this e-portfolio, I selected artifacts that best represent my learning in the program. They are the work I am most proud of, because they pushed my boundaries in the areas of program competencies. The experiences that accompanied completion of my artifacts were far from perfect but they best describe my growth in problem solving, analysis, research, instructional design and development, educational technologies, management, and leadership skills. These artifacts also illustrate achieving my learning goals and reflect my professional growth.
On the next pages you will find detailed reflection of my learning while completing the artifacts.
"Education will open doors where none seem to exist."
"Teachers will open the door, but you must enter by yourself."
"I am prepared to go anywhere, provided it be forward."
"I am willing to learn. The more I learn, the more I grow."
MDDE601: Introduction in Distance Education (F2014)
MDDE602: Research methods in Distance Education (W2015)
MDDE603: Foundations of Instructional Design (W2012)
MDDE604: Instructional Design in Distance Education (F2012)
MDDE605: Planning and Management in Distance Education (F2015)
MDDE620: Technology in Education and Training (W016)
MDDE610: Survey of Current Educational Technology (W2014)
MDDE617: Program Evaluation in Distance Education (W2013)
COMP605: Project Management for Information Systems (for MDDE618 - W2010)
MDDE623: Introduction to Mobile Learning (F2015)
MDDE694: Capstone e-Portfolio (W2017)
MDDE610 course e-portfolio - highlights gain of my knowledge in educational technologies and how I used it during the process of the creation of the course e-portfolio.
Instructional Design unit (MDDE604) titled 'MOODLE101: Moodle learning activities: ways to optimize learning and course delivery' explores my experience in using instructional design principles and group work experiences, as well as showcasing the end product for use by course authors.
Program Evaluation Plan (MDDE617) - provides experience on the Program Evaluation planning as well as my own reflection on the Program Evaluation process within my own Centre at that time.
Business Plan for new Educational Organization (MDDE605), highlights my research of the professional development area for practicing nurses and relates to the actual new initiatives at my work place.
Edu-Blog "Use of Technology in Education" is my own reflection on the experiences with the different software applications. It is also providing my thoughts on the different critical topics in the same field.