Andor Kish's Portfolio
In the management stage, Instructional Technologists demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions to plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise instructional technology by applying principles of (theories and research related to) project, resource, delivery system, and information management. Below are my reflections on the management process as part of the ITMA program.
In my professional career I am a teacher and a technology coordinator for H.B. Whitehorne Middle School in Verona, New Jersey that is a 5th - 8th grade school. Being a technology coordinator for the school, obviously involves management of the school's technology resources at all levels. Taking what I have learned in the management stage, the ITMA program has made me more efficient at doing my job as a technology coordinator and teacher. The management stage may in fact be the most important. Afterall, without proper management skills, the desired learning goals are not transferred as expected.
I credit the management stage in making me more efficient when it comes to how I handle technology, learning goals, learners, professional development, and resources. I have taken my knowledge of the management stage and have been a go to person at the school I teach at. I have also been able to help others to best use their own management skills, with the skills I have learned throughout the ITMA program.
The management stage has four main areas. These four main areas are project management, resource management, delivery system management, and information management.
Below are examples of management documents I have created as a part of the ITMA program. Click on the name of the document to view it.
4.1 Project Management
"Project management involves planning, monitoring, and controlling instructional design and development projects" (Seels & Richey, 1994, p. 50). Project managers negotiate, budget, install information monitoring systems, and evaluate progress and improvement.
Throughout creating my Technology Wiki, PB Works was able to track changes and constantly keep me updated on user feedback. This helped me to improve the Wiki throughout the entire creation process. Online surveys through Survey Monkey were also used to monitor and manage the Wiki.
4.2 Resource Management
"Resource management involves planning, monitoring, and controlling resource support systems and services" (Seels & Richey, 1994, p. 51). This includes documentation of cost effectiveness and justification of effectiveness or efficiency for learning as well as the resources of personnel, budget, supplies, time, facilities, and instructional resources.
In this Instructional Design document the instructional strategy and sequence clustering manages all facets of the resources used in the design process. The document involves decision making and micromanaging to the minute detail.
4.3 Delivery System Management
"Delivery system management involves planning, monitoring and controlling 'the method by which distribution of instructional materials is organized' . . . [It is] a combination of medium and method of usage that is employed to present instructional information to a learner" (Seels & Richey, 1994, p. 51). This includes attention to hardware and software requirements, technical support for the users and developers, and process issues such as guidelines for designers, instructors, and ECIT support personnel.
In this document, I discuss how to deliver, and provide examples, of how to use digital audio files and technology to enhance learning. The document also acts as a way for students to create and manage making a podcast for their school newspaper to communicate with the learning community around them.
4.4 Information Management
"Information management involves planning, monitoring, and controlling the storage, transfer, or processing of information in order to provide resources for learning" (Seels & Richey, 1994, p. 51). Information is available in many formats and candidates must be able to access and utilize a variety of information sources for their professional benefit and the benefit of their future learners.
In this PowerPoint document, I discuss the various types of graphic formats and with what programs they can be used and how they can be opened. A learner is able to learn how to manage what types of graphic formats are best suited for a given circumstance, situation, program usage, and/or Web usage.