As a faculty member and the assistant director of the Institute for Interactive Technologies I am proud of the accomplishments our students have achieved and of the partnerships developed with local organizations, companies and social service groups that I have helped to build over the past 12+ years.
In this entry, I want to talk about what the Department of Instructional Technology and our Institute for Interactive Technologies contributes to the college, our community and the state of Pennsylvania. These accomplishments show that the field of instructional design reaches beyond individuals into the community and touches lives in by helping others learn and understand. It is a great calling.
So, here are some of the things we do to help our students learn the skills needed to be successful in the growing field of instructional design and to help our local community and the state.
- We have many partnerships with businesses related to science, technology and health. This includes working relationships with major, big-name pharmaceutical firms, smaller pharmaceutical firms, health insurance firms and several hospitals and healthcare facilities. These relationships ensure that our instructional design students are prepared to enter the workforce in the health education field because of their “in-the-field” experience through these partnerships and experience working side-by-side with people in these companies as graduate assistants and interns.
- Sustained relationships with companies in the field of technology-based learning through our 30 member Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) which meets on campus twice a year to evaluate student performance. The CAC also provides internship opportunities, graduate assistant funding and project work that directly involves students, thus meeting the expressed need of students to integrate their academic learning with real-world experiences. The CAC also provides direct input and feedback for new curriculum directions and innovations.
- In terms of helping the community, we have applied the knowledge and experience developed at the University to enhance the social well-being of the Pennsylvania citizens through work done with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (10 year relationship), the PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the PA Coalition Against Rape.
- We also support the local community through the development of no cost training materials for organizations such as our local hospitals and community colleges, local school districts, Boy and Girl Scout organizations and the local police department.
- On campus we have helped with the education of fellow faculty members on distance learning techniques and methodologies.
- In terms of supporting local entrepreneurial and small business development, the department and institute has supported Bloomsburg University alumni in the start up and creation of Pennsylvania located companies (viaAcademies, PinPoint Strategies). As well as provided support for such local (in Bloomsburg) companies as ASP Platform Services, Touche EDI, Keystone National High School and SusQ-cyber Charter School. Our department and institute is the hub of the learning technologies cluster within the Greater Susquehanna Keystone Innovation Zone (GSKIZ)
- Support and involvement in the Bloomsburg Regional Technology Center and the - Greater Susquehanna Keystone Innovation Zone (GSKIZ) by providing resources for web site development, participation in meetings and events and participation in reviewing materials in the annual business plan competition. As well as active participation in grants to fund Technology Transfer efforts and providing interns and expertise as needed.
- Contributions to Pennsylvania’s Community and Economic Development initiatives through projects with local companies (or local branches of national companies) such as Kellogg’s, Kawneer, PPL and DelMonte in support of Bloomsburg University's office of Corporate and Continuing Education through DCED grants and associated funding. The efforts have helped to up-skill workers and retained local jobs.
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