Week 5 – Discussion 1
Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
Professional development is an important component to staying marketable and current in your field of study. Generally, it is up to you to create and execute a plan for yourself. So, how does one go about deciding on the best possible professional development choices?
Your Field of Study, Professional Standards and professional associations of course! You will plan on meeting your professional development goals by completing three of the four different opportunities. Have fun with your choices! This is the time you get to choose what you want to study and how you want to learn!
To prepare for this discussion:
- Choose a standard (or more than one) within your own field of study that is of interest to you.
In your initial post:
- Identify your chosen standard(s)
- Explain why this Professional Standard is interesting to you
- Research and find a conference in your field of study that you would want to attend.
- Research and share one continuing education opportunity. (Masters, edX, 2nd language, certification).
- Research and include one publication (journal, book, etc.) that supports your learning and growth is this area. Could you start a book club with this title?
- Research a choice of your own.
Guided Response: Professional development can cross programs. For example, The Learning and the Brain Annual Conference (Links to an external site.) has sessions that would address all programs. Is this a conference you would like to add to your list? Review your classmates’ choices, and respond to at least two who have shared at least one professional development opportunity that compliments your field of study. Explain why their choice is of interest to you and how it fits with your own professional development plan.