What the Chef has been up to: 1997
Re.: Performance objectives for my first eight months as outlined in
the advertisement of job opportunity.
Situation 1: I was charged with the objective to meet as many
people as possible and to ascertain the perceived needs of the campus
as well as the role I am expected to play from the viewpoint of my clientele.
Task: Set up points of contact, secure invitations to meetings,
present services to clients.
Action: I had ample opportunity to attend a variety of meetings,
of which there are no shortage on campus. Participation in the NCA assessment
meetings was especially helpful for a new hire. It enabled me to get
a grip on what is happening district wide.Participation in district
meetings such as the High Resolution Graphics committee and staff development
days further allowed me to develop the big picture.
Result: On the homefront, I was able to meet many of the faculty
and staff through attending four division meetings, as well as 18 other
committee meetings. The classes and presentations I made during the
spring semester (12 classes, 5 presentations) also allowed me to focus
the attention of our clientele on the future service capabilities of
Media Services. In addition I created presentations for the TAC meeting
, Multimedia Overview for the Media Services/ CTL open house and the
April board meeting.
This objective was made more difficult to reach because I struggled
for some time in knowing where I fit in. When I arrived I was unsure
of the nature of my reporting authority- and how to divide my time between
the CTL and Media Services. The communication lines opened, the situation
was clarified and I was able to find the proper balance.
Situation 2. I was charged to fulfill this objective: to facilitate
workshops and training programs for faculty and staff to encourage use
of interactive media.
Task: analyze, design, develop, implement and evaluate workshops
Action: I designed and presented basic classes in the following
areas: Internet Tools and Management Techniques, (presented also at
Staff Development Days) , Web Design (3 sessions), Using Internet in
the Classroom, Imaging Techniques (4 sessions), Design Essentials for
Non Designers, Intro to Multimedia Authoring (also at Staff Dev. Days),
as well as two sessions on adding Multimedia to Powerpoint.
Result: Over 100 faculty and staff training hours were logged.
The response of the participants was overwhelmingly positive. From summative
evaluation response forms I ascerteined the interest and willingness
to participate in other sessions as well.they also indicated that an
asynchronous format would be a good option and expressed the need for
a coherent certificate series.
To that end, I am currently writing the curriculum for the Multimedia
Certification Program (10 sessions) and the beginning / intermediate
Multimedia Authoring training program which will be instituted this
Fall. In addition, I have made the content of three of the introductory
classes available on the internet for review of the original participants.
By working through the process of delivering content, I was better able
to ascertain the readiness of the campus for advanced material, and
came to realize that in some cases I was shooting over the heads and
the real and perceived needs of the participants. I adjusted the content
accordingly throughout the semester and now have a much better idea
of how I should gear the Multimedia certification program and any other
Situation 3: I was charged with the objective of analyzing the
needs, goals, resources, constraints and alternatives in the development
of multimedia instructional materials and to provide leadership on collaborative
Task: organizational and environmental analysis, cause analysis,
diagnosis and intervention.
Action: reviewed and abstracted college vision, mission,values,
goals and strategies via literature review and interviewed CTL director,
Media Services manager, webmaster, and reference librarians to verify
analysis.Took stock of tools and resources available. Designed a programmatic
approach to expanding the use of multimedia in the classroom- Technology
Enhances Learning which was grant funded to provide release time to
faculty to develop instructional technologies to add value to current
pedagogies. partnered with individual faculty upon acceptance of project
prospectus they hasd to submit for application toprogram. Set up individual
treatment plans for instructional problems in consultation with faculty.
Result: Part of the challenge in achieving this objective was
the definition of multimedia instructional materials. I had to readjust
my definition early on to include PowerPoint presentations, which was
not a program listed in my CV. I quickly learned the rudiments of the
program and worked on eight presentations.
I have been involved on an ongoing basis in consultation with the Reading
Lab, the Access office, SI, and The Chemical Technology programs
Recruitment efforts, as well as a number of individuals on campus.This
has allowed me to shape the direction of their endeavors. It has been
a great help to bring these issues to my supervisor and get candid input
on the issues.
In addition, these past seven months have seen my relationship develop
with our own staff and I am seeing new ways in which to relate to and
work with Charles and Mary in particular. The chance to work with them
as a team on the ChemTech recruitment CD-Rom/Website has been encouraging
to me and I have seen the communication lines opening progressively.
I have also been developing the CTL and Media Services websites as a
source of information for Faculty and Staff, and look forward to collaboration
with all the rest of the staff on this ongoing project.
Summary: All in all, I would characterize the events of the past
eight months in a very positive light. As with any new situation, all
parties concerned had an adjustment period, which in this case went
very smoothly. I have been given time to discover the nature of the
campus. I have also learned in my position to measure my words and to
remember that anything I say can and will be held against me.
The campus is moving forward in its development in information technologies
and is growing into a place where I can fully utilize my skills as a
trainer. I will continue to work to see the big picture and to seek
incremental progress toward the objectives we set each year. I think
it is paramount to look hard at these objectives freshly each year and
adjust accordingly- such is the dynamic nature of our vocation. One
thing that I will set as a high personal priority is the ongoing effort
to keep my skills up to date.
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