Congrats to our first EDGE ‘grad’!

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 11.37.27 AMMany of you know about the Discovery Education / Wilkes Univeristy Instructional Media masters degree program.  Since we launched the program, hundreds of educators have taken courses from Joe Brennan, Lance Rougeux, Frank Guttler and many others (myself included).  While every teacher endeavors to be a lifelong learner, not everyone is looking to commit to a full degree program.

This is why we created the EDGE Letter of Endorsement:  Emerging trends and technologies, Digital transition, Graduate level, Endorsed skill set.  It is a 12 credit program that provides a quick pathway to expertise in emerging technologies, allowing you to stay on the cutting edge of digital technology and instruction.  The program features two new courses: Kathy Schrock’s BYOD Mobile Learning in Education and Dean Shareski’s Sustaining Digital Literacy.

We are proud to announce our first ‘graduate’ of the program, Allie Duffney!  As the first person to earn the EDGE Letter of Endorsement, we asked her to share her thoughts about the experience.

AllieBeing a student again was a very fun experience for me. I took time off from my studies after I earned my undergraduate degree to start my career, and when I decided to begin a Master’s program I was excited to invest time into myself again with learning about a field I found genuinely interesting. I am not a teacher in the k-12 setting, and prior to the EDIM program, I had never taken any classes online, so I was nervous about the fit as I started the program but decided I would put in one semester and reflect on my feelings at that time. Once I started, I began to realize this program was a great fit: there was so much I could gain from the pillars of classroom management via technology as it applied to my role in higher education administration, and it was all so interesting.

EDIM 515 helped me visualize the idea of BYOD into the classroom as well as into the work place – it helped me think outside the box to solve everyday problems and remain on the cutting edge of creativity. Another class I really enjoyed was EDIM 511 – portable video production and application. I took other courses which taught me video editing techniques and the basics for visual and audio sequencing, but this class was interesting to me because it could be completed 100% on a mobile device, like most other modes of relevant communications. I have used the polling techniques and communication platforms introduced in this class in my personal life as well as in my career. I have gotten a lot out of this program, but for me, the best part is how confident I feel in trying new technologies as well as how comfortable I am incorporating various media and technologies into the projects I pursue.

Congratulations Allie, from all of us at Discovery Education!

If you’re looking to get an EDGE on your own professional learning, click here to explore more about it!

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