Dear edtech alt-ac colleagues.
Would you be willing to share your career timeline?
Jobs, and job histories, are much on my mind as I start this week a new gig in our Center for the Advancement of Learning (our Teaching and Learning Center).
(And thank you to everyone who contributed to our discussion on language, resources, history, crossover, and structure for CTL’s).
What I’d like to know is if you are an alt-ac person working in an edtech gig:
- What is your current role / title / responsibilities?
- How did you get where you are?
- And maybe, where would you like to end up?
Here is my timeline:
2013 (Started Yesterday!): Director of Digital Learning Initiatives, Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning)
2010-2013: Director of Learning and Technology, Master of Health Care Delivery Science Program - Dartmouth College.
2007-2010: Senior Learning Technologist, Dartmouth College.
2001-2009: Part-Time Faculty, Quinnipiac University and Quinnipiac University Online.
2001-2006: Program Manager and Learning Designer, Quinnipiac University Online
1998-2001: Senior Producer, Britannica.com Education Division
1996-1998: Visiting Assistant Professor (Sociology), West Virginia University
What does this timeline say about my edtech alt-ac career?
Does my personal alt-ac edtech timeline tell any larger story about our profession?
Since finishing my PhD I have had 7 job titles (with part-time teaching overlapping a few positions). It looks like a tend to stay in each job or an average of 3 or 4 years. (Although I hope to stay in my current role much longer).
A great deal of my career has been spent teaching, although it has been too long since I was last in the classroom (virtual or face-to-face). I’m looking forward to the opportunity to teach again.
I’ve been at 3 different institutions for higher education, and one for-profit company.
Almost all of my career has been spent not doing what I trained to do in graduate school (demography and sociology), but rather working in the edtech and online/blended learning world.
Is this a typical career progression for someone in the alt-ac / edtech field?
Is it possible to generalize at all from my own particular alt-ac / edtech career path, or am I some sort of outlier?
What will the next 23 years of my career look like? Impossible to tell the specifics, but I’m betting that this edtech / alt-ac life will continue.
How has your edtech alt-ac career progressed?
Is anyone doing research on our profession?
Do we have any idea about the levels and trends associated with colleagues in our academic technology and teaching center fields?
Would you be willing to share with our community your career timeline?