Author’s Introduction

I live in McKinney, Texas and I am a professor in the Web Design and Interactive Media program at The Art Institute of Dallas. I am currently working on my dissertation for a doctorate in Instruction Design for Online Learning through Capella University. My research is focused on social software tools and their potential for developing self-directed learning skills. As the world changes rapidly and most careers will be radically different from today, I am feel strongly that therefore the processes of learning to learn are significantly more vital than just domain content.

I am interested in the Connectivism course to further my experience with the prin- cipals of connectivism and to further strengthen my own role as a facilitator in a fast moving domain. Both George and Stephen have provided a lot of the connections that have given me new ideas and practices and I would not miss this opportunity to experience a group coming together to explore our next steps in the process.

To be a successful course for me, would mean engaging in conversations with participants, sharing my current course designs and being open to expanding my understanding of how to further engage my students and the stakeholders of our college systems. It also will depend on my choosing to be reflective with course content and to be open to others feedback and new ideas.

I am a web developer focused on web standards and semantic web construction. There is no end to the possibilities of this medium and its evolution to bring humanity together. I choose to help others develop skills in this arena as I feel the world needs strong, well-grounded designers who will touch us with their creativity and their connectiveness to the global community.

I became a self-directed learner in grad school and discovered the global community of bloggers who became the most important ecology for my studies. I have experienced the vital role of network connections in my personal growth and knowledge as a learning facilitator. The process of learning design is dynamic for me because of these experiences. The static rules of ID have been replaced with the more open framework of small pieces loosely joined.

[Identical content as my about page – so that it can be appropriately tagged for the cck08 course]

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